Sunday, December 27, 2009

HOMERUN

“I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday” -unknown

So the hip went under the knife on December 10. I flew into San Diego and then drove up to Los Angeles for the surgery. Dr. Matsuda was performing the surgery (he’s the best in the area for FAI/Labrum repair). My other ortho, Dr. Shoemaker, drove up from San Diego to be there as well. I felt pretty lucky to have two of the best doctors in the area there.

However, I was scared…very scared. Honestly though, I think the anesthesia scared me the most. Maybe it was the fact that during the pre-op the doctor that did the consult looked at me and said. “You’re high risk because of your high blood pressure and congenital heart defect and I need to also let you know, as I do everyone, that death can result.” AWESOME… way to make me feel comfortable and secure!

Pat calmed me down (seriously, he’s been a saint through all of this) and I put on a brave face as we arrived early Thursday morning for the surgery.

When Dr. Matsuda came to check on me, I was instantly reminded why I had traveled all the way back to LA from Ohio and why I waited this long to go under the knife He marked my hip before the operation, explained what he would be doing, and calmed my nerves with his confidence and kindness. After that, I just remember being wheeled into the operating room, seeing Dr. Shoemaker and saying hi or something like that and then I was OUT.

Woke up a few hours later in recovery. I felt extremely nauseous. It wasn’t long before the pain followed. It was shooting pain. The worst I’ve ever felt in my life. They hooked me up to the morphine pump and that helped, but it was a very LONG day and night.

I was pretty out of it for the first 24 hours or so. From what I've been told, I got really mad at the nurses for not telling me exactly what they did to my hip and when I could expect a full recovery.

Finally, I got some some answers and some pictures of the procedure (really cool but I don't want to gross everyone out). Anyway, my surgery went very well. In fact, according to my doctor, it was a Homerun...very necessary due to the amount of damage but they were able to fix everything, so I should have a full recovery. They shaved off bone spurs and reshaped my acetabulum and my femur and eradicated the impingement. They released my iliopsoas tendon and saved and repaired my badly torn labrum. I do have metal in my hip but it’s not an implant, just metal suture anchors.

The first few days were pretty painful and it was so awkward not being able to move my leg…all my motor skills were gone. I confirmed with the doctor and I guess the amount of work and releasing the tendon has this effect. I’ll pretty much have to retrain my leg/hip to do everything again but I confirmed it will eventually work again :)

Saturday (two days after the surgery), I went to the gym and got on the raised stationary bike (no resistance) for 10 minutes. It was not easy but it’s required as part of the therapy to reduce scar tissue build up. That day, I also took my first shower….not easy at all. Good thing Pat was there to hold me up when I almost passed out after seeing the size of my leg and the incisions and bruising.

Monday (four days post-op) I went off the pain pills and just took Aleve (I'm required to take two a day for a month).

One week after the operation, I was doing much better. Still having trouble with range of motion but making progress. The pain was minimal and riding the bike for a few minutes each day actually felt pretty good.

I got the stitches out a week after the surgery and hopped on a plane back to OH later that day. Traveling was not so much fun.

It's a little over two weeks today and I get off crutches in four days...just in time for the New Year and I’m thrilled. I’m sure Pat is too….poor guy has had to do so much for me and I’m stubborn as hell so I’m sure it’s that much more frustrating.

Anyway, my wounds are pretty much healed and the scars aren’t too bad. Tomorrow will be my first day in the pool (one thing I’m allowed to do over the next several weeks of recovery)

Other than that, it’s going to be a slow road to recovery but it’s all downhill from here. I’m looking forward to walking without that pain I've had for an entire year now.

One of my doctors is quick to remind me to be patient though. Sharing the email he wrote me:

“REMEMBER – we nailed that procedure but the scope of work was far greater than anticipated = remembering this in recovery. Your hip WILL be in top-notch shape upon a strict rehabilitation process. This is up to YOU AND ONLY YOU. To reiterate (as I do with all my athletes) – follow the plan discussed!!! You can think of this as a race--a long one and it’s with yourself. It may be the hardest one you ever do.”

So the plan he refers to... well it pretty much means I’m out of any impact activity (running, jumping, even walking on uneven surfaces) until around March. Lots of rehab, lots of baby steps.

That said, I’m ready for the road ahead. I know each day is another day toward progress. I’m slowly teaching myself how to use my hip again, regaining my range of motion and even did a sitting leg raise extension today and it felt good. Tomorrow, I think will be even better.




Cheers to progress and going into 2010 CRUTCH free J

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks....

I had the privilege of looking up random Thanksgiving facts for a work project. I had to share a few of my favorites:

·The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.
·Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
·Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

Pat and I are headed to New Mexico for Thanksgiving with the families… and plural is correct. Yes, my family and his family started the tradition a few years ago and do Thanksgiving together each year (yes, our families get along...a little too well at times :) Anyway, it's always a blast.

Last night, Pat and I were discussing how 2009 has been sort of a crappy (for lack of a better word) year. Between family illnesses, death, injuries and other struggles, let’s just say that we’re both ready for 2010. However, despite the rough times, we are still very blessed.

And, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’m going to do something that my dad told me long ago “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude.” So here are a few things that I’m especially thankful for right now.


· For amazing friends. Good friends are hard to find but I’ve been blessed with some people in my life--both old and new friends--that I know will be present in my life forever.
· For the opportunity to experience life in a place (Ohio) that I likely would never have even visited. It’s opened my eyes, strengthened my relationships with those near and far and provided me a chance to slow down a bit. It’s also brought new adventures and friendships that I’m grateful for
· For Top Chef, Mad Men, The Office and One Tree Hill (don’t laugh) and wine. They have made many otherwise boring Ohio nights a little more entertaining for Pat and I.
· That I have a job I love, an amazing boss (fro real) and the opportunity to work from home in Ohio. And…that my job has let me get back to California just when I needed to the most.
· That after nearly five years of marriage Pat and I still have fun together and he still makes me laugh every day.

These aren't as fun, but...

· That they caught the true cause of my hip injury before it led to permanent damage and that I’m fortunate enough to have one of the best hip surgeons in the US operating on me next month.
· That my family is fortunate enough to receive top-notch care and treatment for health issues they’re dealing with.
· That even though sometimes people’s life here is too short...I'm thankful for the times I did have with them.

I’m thankful and I’m blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How's The HIP?

Warning 1: this post is long and boring and all about what’s going on with my hip.

Warning 2: I’m beyond frustrated about my hip—the constant pain, the hoops I have to jump through to get this fixed and the time it’s taking. Therefore, my attitude is a bit negative.

So, for anyone that decided to keep reading, let me go back a bit in time...

In college, as a breaststroker (okay that sounds really bad), I had right leg adductor and hip flexor issues. I ignored them like any smart athlete would do... I got as many cortisone shots as they would allow and raced right through my four years of college. Looking back, not the smartest thing I could have done. Hindsight’s 20/20 though, right?

Anyway, after I stopped racing competitively the pain subsided. However, my right hip was always my problem area. I would feel the typical ache and pain after I put in too many running miles or did a long ride. I would typically rest it for a day or so, ice it and pop the advil. If it bothered me for a week or so, I’d go buy new shoes or try arch supports, get a massage, anything to mask the pain. In all honesty, I just kept thinking it’s one of those stupid injuries that I’ll always have to deal with—you know, the bad knees type thing.

The hip survived Ironman training (although it didn’t allow me to run as much as I would have liked) and racing. It was post-Ironman that the real issues began. In April, I started developing intense pain randomly when I ran, then it started occurring on the bike and even walking hurt. It finally got so bad that I knew I needed to see a doctor. It wasn’t just an “issue” it was a problem.

So, x-rays and an MRI later, I was told I had a stress fracture in the neck of my femur. You know the rest of this story…crutches from April to June.
As they were doing x-rays and follow-up tests to see the healing, through an MRI with dye, they discovered the real problem behind all this hip pain. I have a labral tear in my hip and a Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI).

Say what?

FAI is a condition of too much friction in the hip joint. Basically, the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) rub abnormally creating damage to the hip joint. In my case, damage (what they’re saying is a severe tear) has occurred in the to the labral cartilage (soft tissue bumper of the socket).

Since the final MRI results and x-rays, I’ve seen four hip specialists/surgeons and they’ve all told me surgery is my only option. Without the surgery to fix the FAI and labral tear, it’s very likely that I would have to have a total hip replacement in just a few short years.

So, I’m having surgery to get this fixed. However, given that this type of injury isn’t all that common,it’s taking WAY longer and is WAY more complicated than I ever expected. Here are the options I’ve been given.

Option 1: Get into surgery right away. This would be open hip surgery. The doctor would open up and dislocate my hip (so they can see the bones) and repair the tear and reshapes the hip joint, then puts it back into place. The recovery time for this is LONG. Many more weeks on crutches and it could be more than six months before I’m able to return to a “somewhat” normal level of activity. The reason I can get this right away is there are more doctors available that can do this type of surgery (it used to be the only method).

I’ve decided against option one and going with option two.

Option 2: Arthroscopic surgery using a camera and instruments inserted through small tubes. The surgeon applies traction to pull the joint open so they can work through tiny incisions. Recovery is usually quick – they say patients are back on an exercise bike in 24 hours, just a couple weeks on the crutches and back at it again in a few months. The hard part about this procedure is there are major nerves and vessels adjacent that can get damaged. There is a ball and socket configuration which is inherently round, but they're putting in straight instruments that have to travel deep through the body into that compartment. This is why there are only a handful of surgeons that can do this procedure. In fact, in the US there are about 5. Needless to say, even with not that many individuals needing this somewhat rare surgery, the waiting list for the arthoscopic procedure is LONG.

That said, I found a doctor in LA that is one of that handful. He’s AMAZING and has successfully performed numerous hip arthoscopic procedures. We’re working with the medical board to get me in quickly but as of now, it might be January/February before I can get this done. They were hoping for October/November but I’m not keeping my hopes up too much.

So, yes, I’m frustrated because I’m still unable to run. I can’t bike more than 40 miles without feeling the hip act up, walking is even a chore sometime and I’m still in pain 90% of the time. However, I feel confident about my decision to wait and do the less invasive procedure with a doctor I know has performed this on athletes in the past (his list includes NFL football players). The way I see it, even by waiting I’ll likely recover before I would have in the open hip procedure.

So, there is the hip update. It’s now a waiting game. I’ve learned several lessons in this process. Including the most important one—you’ve only got one body. Treat it right. Take care of it because even in your 20’s you can create damage that if not caught early enough might be irreversible. Pain is a signal that you need to slow down, or yes, even stop. So maybe it took me a long time to learn this…but I’ve learned.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Little fish in a big sea

One of my favorite quotes is from Finding Nemo and it pretty much sums up the last few months for me: "When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do?...Just keep swimming, swimming swimming"

Swimming has always been such a HUGE part of my life. In fact, there have been times where swimming has been my life (i.e. during the intense part of college season and the time period where I was trying to make Olympic Trials). Swimming is something I feel comfortable doing. No matter how bad the day, no matter what the obstacle in life, swimming always makes me feel better. It's like an old best friend that just makes you feel good (strange as it sounds).

Anyway, with the hip getting me down this season, I've once again turned to my old best friend and have been swimming, swimming, swimming.

My "racing season" consisted of two local open water swims. I'll give a brief recap of both:

CORONADO ROUGH WATER SWIM (1 mile) on July 4: This was a riot. The water was 56 degrees and no wetsuits allowed (I know, something is messed up in my head to do this). I tried to think of it as a great 18 minute ice bath for the hip. Anyway, I survived and had a few good laughs. I did pretty well overall (although the overall attendance wasn't that great).

TOUR OF BUOYS 5-Mile Swim on August 2: This became my "A" race. I was terrified for two reasons. 1) It had been a LONG time since I swam 5 miles without stopping...okay like 8 years. 2) My kayaker was Pat...not that I doubted his ability (he was a pilot and has some serious navigation skills), but he did ask me the night before what we were supposed to do if he got tired out there? Funny! Anyway, it was REALLY fun! I know, my definition of fun is crazy/creepy but seriously it was. I felt so relaxed and at peace out there (until my shoulders and legs started hating me). Pat was a great navigator (we made a great team out there) and he helped me get second overall female. Finished just under two hours which I was happy about (not that I have anything to compare it to).

The tri club swimmer girls all placing top two in our age groups.



So, while it's been a tough year with the hip stuff, it's also been a good one. I've regained my love for swimming (and in open water this time) and I've met some great new swimmer friends (Nikee, Rachel, Erin, Jake, Steve, Carrie and more).

I've also been thinking back on how far I've come with open water swimming over the past 10 years or so (I was a pool swimmer my entire life). I still remember the first time I swam in ocean. It was the first week of school at USD (pre-season) and our coach made us do our Saturday work-out in La Jolla Cove. It was a bad day for a first swim. Crazy waves and the water temp was just under 60 degrees (note: no wetsuit..btw, I didn't even know people swam in wetsuits for swimming until I joined the SD tri club). Anyway, I still remember that first "open water swim". My body hit the water and I started hyperventilating from the cold. All of a sudden seaweed was touching my leg and there were just way too many fish. My eyes filled up with tears and I stopped...and started sobbing like a nine-year-old. I'll never forget my coach standing up on the cliff and yelling down on me "NEW MEXICO (like he didn't know my name) "What the hell are you doing? Cut the theatrics and swim". Wow, welcome to San Diego! I did swim to the 1/4 mile buoy and sprinted back (I wasn't sure if garibaldis bite). I don't think I've ever been so happy to get out of the water. I called my mom from my car crying and said I wanted to go back to the mountains...ahhh, good ole memories...thank goodness she told me I couldn't come home :)

I enjoy thinking about how I've evolved since that day. Today, the ocean is where I go to relax, unwind, destress, hang out with friends, smile, swim five miles and challenge myself. I still love the pool but the ocean was really the place I went to swim when life got tough this year.

So, that's a wrap to my season. Now, I need to focus on my hip surgery and getting back at it in the triathlon scene again soon.

I remember my friends Beth and Bethany both telling me when I first got hurt that sometimes injuries bring you friendships and experiences that you would have never had without them. Back in April, I just shrugged at this. Today, this makes total sense.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fun times with old friends...

For me, this blog is a journal of my triathlon-life adventures. It's fun to look back and remember the moments. However, since lately my life is a bit un-tri focused, this entry is just for fun... my hip entries were just getting depressing.

Ann, my best friend from college is getting married in August! So, we celebrated in a big way up in LA two weeks ago. It was a blast to get all the girls together again. My old roomies, college friends and post-college friends that I just don't get to see enough! I love these girls!



The highlight of the night was this woman who came and taught us how to "dance." It was pretty amusing (especially since I was trying to learn while on crutches). She gave us all sorts of fun props to dance with. See the pink arm sleeves featured in the below photo? The ones without the gloves. Well, my triathlon brain thought they might be nice arm warmers and I loved the pink color. So, I may or may not have kept a pair.



This was the end of the evening. I'm not sure why I'm the only one not looking at the camera (never mind the fact that I look wasted and about to fall on the bride-to-be)



So, next up was a wedding in Albuquerque. It was great to go home, see the family, eat New Mexican food and catch up with my high school friends. I forgot my camera, so I only have one fun picture from the wedding. Our friends Ian and Emily...so cute!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Doing what needed to be done...

Well, still on crutches. So, with at least another week to go (pending another MRI next week), today I did what I really knew a few weeks ago that I had to do. I withdrew from my "A" race...Vineman 70.3. I'm bummed, but who wouldn't be? I'll still have a fun weekend in the wine country. I think I would have played the DNF card if I could bike by now...but I can't, so I'm out.

On that note, to make myself feel better, I did sign up for something else in the one sport I'm allowed to do. So this year, I'm making my big race a swim again...like old times. You'll now find me at the five-mile Tour of Buoys on August 2 in La Jolla. I think I've convinced my swimmer friends (Nikee and Rachel) that it's a great idea as well.

I better start learning to handle the ocean without my wetsuit. I'm a little scared of the cold...okay a lot scared. The swim is no wetsuit and I'm a total cold wimp.

Time to toughen up.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cruises, Crutches and Chlorine....

CRUISING: Pat and I had a BLAST on our vacation. We spent a few days in Puerto Rico and then boarded the Caribbean Princess for a seven day cruise. We hit up the following: Aruba, Bonair, Grenada, Dominca, St. Thomas and St. John. It's hard to say which island was my favorite. They were all so different and each equally amazing. We had a blast tanning at the beaches, snorkeling, drinking, eating, relaxing and laughing (mostly at the people on the cruise who just may have been filming 50+ gone wild...I won't even go there). Anyway, it was a perfect trip and I posted just a few pictures below.










CRUTCHING: Yep, I'm still on the crutches. Four and a half weeks and it's looking like another three or so (pending my next MRI/Bone Scan results...now there is some concern over the nerves in the head of my femur ). Anyway, I'm just taking it a few weeks at a time. It's taken a few weeks and some people putting things in perspective, but I've finally accepted that my triathlon season is over and have stopped having pity parties for myself (I was having a lot of them). I'll find some other ways to have fun this summer.

I do have some crutch crises and craziness that I need to share:

* I've fallen three times: once at the doctor's office, once at a client meeting (the rug had a bunch in it)and once after this photo was taken (should have realized cobblestone roads and crutches don't work well)



* I've had coffee end up on my clothes more times than I care to count (yay, Tide stain pen).

* I have burns on my sides, armpits and pain in my elbow...my arms don't seems to be getting stronger though.

* On my trip, I crutched nearly two miles around Puerto Rico, ditched my crutches to see a waterfall that was uncrutchable (is that a word), and crutched on more than 10 beaches.


Plus, I've accomplished some really cool things:

* I can open doors with my crutches

* I can carry a tall Starbucks' cup while I crutch. How? I put the top of the cup under the handle of the crutch and put my thumb on the lid and little finger under the cup.

* I can dance on crutches...really...and I may be better on crutches than off!

CHLORINE: I'm clear to swim so I've been doing lots of that. I've also found a new love for aqua jogging. It's really fun! In addition to a rock star friend (and totally being there for me through all of this), my buddy Beth is my aqua jogging coach. She's the best. Last weekend, I learned all about form and effort and I'm using her tips to kick my butt aqua jogging a few days a week. This week I got myself a 10-session pass to SDSU since they have more pools, a jacuzzi, and lawn chairs for my tan...very important things.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

gimp...

well, the hip issue turned into a big hip problem. I found out a week ago that I have a stress fracture in the neck of my femur = not good. So, I'm on crutches for a few weeks...the exact number is still TBD. It's at least until May 14th when I get another x-ray to see if any healing has taken place. The good news is that they caught it early. It's not displaced and no surgery required at this point...as long as I listen to the doc. and stay off it. Normally, I'm not so good at listening when I don't like the advice, however, I think the seriousness of what could occur hit me hard. So, I'm going to be a good girl and listen this time.

Anyway, I can't walk or run (obviously), can't bike and can't swim...well, I can get in the pool and use a pull buoy and no wall push offs (note: I've always HATED pulling but it's still something in the form of exercise, so I'm doing it).

So, it's been a long week...lots of tears and lots of frustration but I know that I'll get through it. I've been blessed with some amazing friends and family that are helping me! I'm going to use this time to take a little break, slow down, enjoy the non-triathlon life for a few weeks, and catch up some friendships that get neglected by weekend training.

When I can finally get back at it, I'm going to learn to train smarter!

Pat and I leave for Puerto Rico tomorrow and from there we're off for a seven-day cruise to the So. Caribbean. This was planned well before the injury and crutches, so actually comes at perfect timing. A week of eating, drinking and working on the tan. Although, it will be interesting trying to use crutches on the beach...

Anyway, that's the update. Could be better...could be worse...either way it still sucks but I'll get through it :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

My first road race





This weekend I did my first road race-Devil's Punchbowl (in Pearblossom Calif.) I had a blast being a "roadie" for the weekend! Ok...I'm SO NOT a roadie. I think you have to be fast and way cooler that I am to be a roadie. Anyway, it was a 32 mile race which featured two 16-mile loops with 1500 feet of climbing per lap, sharp descent, uphill finish. In other words, an interesting first road race to select. However, I really just signed up for the company (see photo) and because I thought it would be really fun to do a road race for Moment Cycle Sport (the Moment crew is awesome).

Anyway, prior to the race, I was offered some advice by those that know their stuff. The talk included forgetting about the triathlete in me for the day (i.e. let the other girls help you, ride with them), don't let yourself ride alone, and some additional climbing, sprinting and descending in groups tips. I went in with a perfect strategy! Unfortunately, this strategy fell apart about two miles into the race when my concentration was lost for a second. I became distracted and lost the lead pack. I spent the next few miles trying desperately to catch them and soon everything I was told was thrown out the window. I did find another girl and we took turns pulling each other for a bit. However, I lost her at the end of the first loop and the competitor in me couldn't wait for her to get it together...so I took on the second loop alone. It was tough. Hot. Dry. Windy. Lonely. And Hard as Hell. I just kept trying to catch the lead girls. I never did catch them. In fact, I couldn't even see them by the middle of the second loop. I ended up finishing 6th. I was happy with that for my first one though. I even stood up and sprinted to the very end. Not because anyone was near me (because I was all alone) but because it looked fun and I had seen everyone else doing it :)

I'm not sure I'll be quitting triathlon to become a road racer anytime soon but it was a great experience and I think it will make me a stronger rider. Plus, I'm dealing with some major hip issues (that's a whole blog entry in itself but I'll spare you for now), so running is out (weight bearing exercises aren't liking me right now).

The rest of the weekend was relaxing and fun. Had a great coast ride with some awesome friends on Sunday and have some sweet tan lines to prove it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

supersealing...

Life has been exciting! Lots of training, working and having fun!
However, I’ve been spending so much time reading all the other fun blogs that I haven’t been great at keeping mine updated. I figured with my first race of the season down (and first Olympic distance ever) it's time….

I think I might be going backwards in the world of racing. Most people start small/short and go big/long (i.e. Ironman) after some races under the belt. I’ve taken the opposite approach. My race history (before Sunday)consisted of only two triathlons under the 70.3 distance and they were both the Carlsbad Triathlon (love this one--long swim/short run). Anyway, this season I’m trying new things and putting together a full race schedule (this is still in progress, but I do know my big race is Vineman 70.3).

Anyway, back to my mini race report for Superseal Olympic (I’m not great with all the details so never will have a FULL really cool race report).

I was so nervous about this race. I think it was the combination of the FAST girls I knew doing the race and the fact that I had no idea how to race an Olympic distance. Well, I survived and actually had fun out there. I also learned a few lessons along the way...

Swim (18:32) - The swim course was a little confusing--way too many buoys. I'm still trying to figure out what the point in the buoy obstacle course they had us go through was? Anyway, my swim felt pretty good. I knew I needed to go out hard on the swim and get my lead there. After the swim, it was only a matter of time before I got dropped :) The worst part of the swim was when I was about halfway I looked next to me and there was a guy (in my wave) swimming backstroke just as fast as my freestyle...CRAZY and very odd. I lost him in the buoy mess but wish I could have met this guy. I'm still wondering if he turned over at all.

T1 (3:13) - Well, I was not expecting our local news station (KUSI) to be in the transition area. Let's just say that the reporter decided I would be his subject and he came over microphone in hand and started talking about the triathlon and filming my transition--announcing to me that he was live. Yikes...snot down my face, total awkward wetsuit removal with my shorts almost coming off with it. I wanted to tell him to get out of my face, but since I work in public relations and deal with the media on a daily basis I figured it wasn't the best move (always nice to have the media on your side).

Bike (1:08.53) - I've put in a lot more time on the bike over the past few months and I'm finally starting to feel stronger. There is still room to improve but overall I felt good and for once I didn't get dropped by too many of the girls in my A/G on the bike.

T2 (1:00) - I learned that this is too long for the bike to run transition...I came in to transition second in my age group and left third...oops.

Run (50.19) - I've been working on my run but I realize that I still have lots and lots of work to do. It can be hard to keep the smile and not feel defeated as you watch all the runners pass you. However, I do have to say that one runner that I was okay with passing me is Beth
..and she did...right around mile 5. If you're going to get run down it might as well be your good friend, right? I just may have started focusing on her race at that point and not my own. I saw how close she was to catching the girl in third and knew she could do it. It was awesome watching her run the girl down for a third place finish in our A/G. Beth's a crazy fast superstud and makes it look so easy! I finished feeling like I was about to throw-up or pass out (thankfully, neither happened).

So there it is, my first Olympic...good times and some pretty intense soreness.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

25 random things....

Well, I’ve been trying to figure out what to blog about in the off season. I owe thanks to Beth for tasking me to something. So here you go...25 random things about me. I’m tagging anyone reading this as well. However, most of you that read this are blog readers and not blog writers…still love ya though!

1) I hate that I sweat the small stuff.
2) I have a lot of acquaintances but just a handful of very close friends. I think you need both in life. Those that are my close friends seem to know me better than I know myself.
3) I’ve worked (in this order), as a lifeguard, a swim coach, at Jamba Juice, as a waitress, at a country radio station, a news station, for the San Diego Padres and for a PR and advertising agency.
4) My boss has been sick this year and I’ve been given a lot of responsibility at work. This scares me. Every day I have to make decisions and I have no idea if they are the right ones.
5) I’m working on my technical writing certification but I have no idea if it’s what I want to do.
6) I believe myself to be stubborn, indecisive, impatient and overly sensitive at times. I believe in miracles, forgiveness, choices, loyalty and hard work.
7) I have an addictive personality. For me, my addiction is exercise. Sometimes I even feel off if I only do it once a day. I realize this isn’t normal but of the list of addictions it’s one of the better ones to have. Actually, now that I think of it, I also have an addition to caffeine, frozen yogurt and candy.
8) I want to swim the English Channel some day but I’m terrified of being cold. I hope this doesn’t stop me.
9) I was very serious about all of the following activities at some point in my life: ballet, soccer and swimming.
10) I’ll try any food once. The only food I truly hate is yellow cheese.
11) I love dancing and singing karaoke. I am truly awful at both of these things.
12) I am left-handed but sometimes I kick and throw better with my right. It’s very confusing and the reason I’ve never been very good at sports that involve a ball.
13) I hate fake things: fake people, fake friendships and fake designer labels. What’s the point?
14) I wear my heart on my sleeve. This has been both good and bad at times.
15) I love wine, it’s my drink of choice. Red, white, pink…it doesn’t matter. I like it all.
16) Teeth: I only have four lower incisors. If you are wondering, most people have five.
17) I don’t have any regrets. I’ve made a lot of choice in life. Some good, some bad but they’ve all made me who I am.
18) I finished my first Ironman in 2008 and it won’t be my last. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life.
19) My husband is a great cook, organizer, cleaner and planner…I am none of these.
20) I have a hole in my heart and high blood pressure. I take medicine every day.
21) The most scared I’ve ever been is when the doctor told my family my sister didn’t have much time to live and we should prepare. Fortunately, she’s survived the odds.
22) I missed Olympic trials in the 200 breaststroke in 1999 by no more than a fingernail (2/10 of a second). To this day I still remember that moment. It took me a long time to get over that lost dream.
23) At one point in my life I could chug a beer in about 5 seconds
24) My family is amazing. We’ve been through some serious stuff and it’s only made us closer. My in-laws are equally amazing. My sister-in-laws are on that list of close friends…all three of them.
25) I’m married to an incredible man. He knows how to have a good time (from his college days in New Orleans), he has fought for our freedom (as a navy pilot) and he's smart (just finished law school—while working— and is number one in his class.)