Ok, I finally saw the doctor today. Here is my current status.
Ultrasound was used to confirm there is a tear in my gastrocnemius muscle so I am wearing the boot and will do physical therapy to fix the muscle. For now I may only cross train WITHOUT USING MY CALF. That pretty much leaves me with swimming with a pull buoy or extreme crocheting. I am up for the challenge!
I got some cheer-leading from Sonja Wieck that my shift in goals is called “The art of the pivot”
Ironman Wisconsin is off the table (filed my insurance to hopefully get my money back) and now IM Santa Rosa 70.3 is off as well. 2017 is the year of DNS.
So what am I pivoting to you may ask… I am hoping to be up and running reasonably well by the end of the summer so I can qualify in the fall/winter for Boston in 2019. Then Stuart and I will be trying to do Boston to Big Sur in 2019!!! How cool is that!?!
I will also be going for the full IM Santa Rosa in 2018 in hopes of gaining a slot to Kona.
This is just a hiccup. I will come back!
Being part of a team is totally awesome. Not only am I supported by the maker of the best kit for endurance sports but there are so many wonderful women that I get to call my teammates!
There is one consequence of being on a team with some amazing athletes. It is hard not to be a bit jealous of other’s success. Watching your teammates crush their races is super inspiring but it makes me a bit jealous. I am sure this is worse right now because I am not sure when I will be racing again do to this silly calf!
So instead of stewing over my jealousy I am calling it out! Stating that I feel that way so I can move on and get past it! It is time to cheer for those reaching their goals and draw on that for inspiration!
Well done to those who got their Kona spots and re-qualifed for Boston. I am so excited for you and lucky to have you in my world! One day I will join you at those races! I believe!
Obviously, I really wish this would have been a race report. But thanks to an uncooperative calf, this is just a bunch of fun pics from my trip and an update on my plans for the year.
The trip to Boston was tough and a lot of tears were shed but I am so glad we went. Stuart and I always have the best time on vacation and this was no exception. I am not going to bore you with the details. Instead, I will post up a bunch of pics so you can see what we did.
View of the final stretch!
Amy and Ruby!!!
Elaina S, litle miss speedy!
Abi from far far away!
Coeur Team DInner
Mike’s Pastry with Lisa and Stuart
My sign for Amy
The most crowded T ride ever.
Harvard Square for lunch
BIke riding along the Charles River
The finish line… one day!
While we were there, we talked about the plan for the rest of the year. Since I am still struggling to run I am now planning on making a big shift in my goals and races.
Ironman Wisconsin is out. I do not think I am capable of having the race I was planning on due to the calf injury. It is a LOT of money to make the trip out there and to have a good race we need to go twice. I just can’t justify the expense. I did get the insurance on the race so I am hoping that I will be able to use it since I am injured. Otherwise we will walk away from the registration fee.
So what about the rest of the year? Here is what I am thinking…
- IM Santa Rosa 70.3 in May – Gonna go but most likely will pull out after the bike. This is a great opportunity to test my bike fitness and see just how hard I can go. Plus, I am not planning on going to do the full in May 2018 so this will serves as race recon for 2018.
- Santa Clarita Marathon in November – I plan on trying to re-qualify for Boston so I can go in 2019. The best part is Stuart may be trying to qualify for 2019 so we can run it together! If I can’t do it at this race, there will be a few more opportunities in January-March. Once I am healthy I know I can do this.
- Ironman Santa Rosa May 2018 – Gonna try for Kona.
There may be some more races sprinkled in but it looks like 2017 is going to be a bit of a bust for me.
I am not giving up on my dream of qualifying for Kona. I am just being realistic and not trying to force it. I will get there!
I am usually very good about having a positive outlook on things. I am always the glass is half full, not empty, kind of person. Well not at the moment. Yes, I know there are way worse things that could be happening in my life and I really do have a lot of good things going on. But to be blunt, I am really pissed I won’t be running Boston. I worked really hard for it…TWICE! And once again I will not be running. I think it is hitting me the hardest right now because I am honestly not sure how my calf injury is recovering. I have not run for over 3 weeks because I am hoping rest is the cure. I could be doing all kinds of PT treatments but honestly I can’t afford it and I am tired of the pressure from more people to get better. But I can still “feel” something is wrong in my calf. I feel like this year is going to end up being a bust and Wisconsin isn’t going to go well.
I gave myself the goal of qualifying for Kona by 45 but I am starting to doubt I can make that happen.
Showing our heart and sass
One of the cool things about being an Ambassador for Coeur Sports is the group of like-minded women it connects you with. A couple of us were able to meet up in Solvang California for a bit of training and hanging out. It was EXACTLY what my soul needed! I have been really bummed about having to stop training the Boston Marathon. So a weekend with ladies that love what I love and are so full of heart and courage filled me up with all the happy!
Courtney, Christine, Michelle, Lilias and I had an awesome time riding bikes, hanging out, eating food, and finding sprinkles where ever we could. Below a re some pictures of the weekend. I know we need to all do this again. It was the highlight of my month for sure (and the best way to spend my Birthday!).
Packet pick up!
Dinner, I may have eaten the biggest burger I have ever seen
… and Courage!
Ready to ride for the day!
Misty start to the day
The sun finally came out
Christine enjoying the sun and road
Courtney was smiles all day!
The GoPro cam in handy
Last aid station
Courtney rolling in at the end
Michelle and Christine showing off the amazing team 2017 kit
All the Coeur ladies!
Showing our heart and sass
The ladies went for a run
Last pic of the party!
I did everything I was supposed to. I did my exercises. I rested. I iced. I did all of it. Monday I finally went for my first run to test out the calf. ZERO pain!!! It was amazing. I was about to write a post about how I had 6 weeks to get ready for Boston. I truly felt I could get in enough miles/time to at least enjoy the day an have fun in Boston.
But I wanted to get one more good run under my belt before I declared I was healed. I went out for 4 easy miles again on Wednesday but after 2 miles I felt my calf “pop” and knew that running Boston was not for me this year. Then walking down the stairs last night it popped again. Ugh…
Yes, I am really upset. Yes, I have had Boston dreams since 2011 when I first qualified. But this isn’t the end of the world and I keep reminding myself that the big goal is Ironman Wisconsin in September and there is plenty of time for that! For now I will heal up and come back stronger and faster!
It will take heart and courage but lucky for me I am pretty well endowed in that department!
Side note: We are still going to Boston to cheer our hearts out! When life gives you lemons…
So after my disastrous run on Tuesday I made an appointment with a Chiropractor who has treated me (and many of my friends) in the past for various sports related issues. I was hardly walking when I went in on Tuesday. I was sent out with a prescription for lots and lots of icing, a lift in my left heal, and no walking without my shoes on. By 8:00 Tuesday night I was almost walking normal again! I went back the next day (feeling even better) and Dr. Chris taped up my calf. I think I am going to make it to the start line at Boston!!! It will not be the 3:30 I was originally hoping for but the real goal is IM Wisconsin so I am totally ok with that!
I am injured. I pulled my calf on the treadmill a week ago. I just did my first run since then. I had spent the last week trying to rest and rehab it. Well, it didn’t go so well. I made it through the run with out experiencing severe pain only 2/3 out of 10). But now that I am done I am limping around the house. I will go see the PT guy who has been very helpful in the past and hope that he can make my not injured! I have already let go of setting a PR. Now all I want is to finish.
Yep. I DNF’d. I was hoping for, at the best, DFL (dead f#*king last) but after 45 miles I said no more!! If you haven’t heard of the Rock Cobbler (which I kind of doubt you have) it is a 80-90 mile ride over and any and all surfaces in Bakersfield CA. Stuart found this race last year and FOMO got the better of me this year so I signed up!
I knew going into it that there was a better than average chance that I would not finish. Gravel riding is not my forte and I don’t have much access to it to practice. Coupled with the fact that I have a very high sense of self-preservation, I knew I was in for a long day.
Forget what you may think about Bakersfield, the course was beautiful (even if we rode by a fair amount of trash; just part of the Rocks Cobbler charm). The route took us onto some private ranch land (that is why there is no link to the course in this write up) that was just amazing, especially after all the rain. Yet, the course was beyond challenging for me. I struggled both with the climbing and descending which was pretty much the whole course! There were long sections where we were riding along a very small path (12 inches wide) on the side of a hill. I was reduced to walking many many many times. The picture above shows a section I never even made it to. The cyclists are hiking their bikes up a section of trail that is 42%! Oh, and the people at the top are throwing beach balls at the cyclists! This is not an event for the faint of heart or people with no sense of humor.
At mile 45 I rolled into the aid station in tears. I decided I just couldn’t do the last 40 miles of whatever was coming by way. I decided to roll back to the start and lick my wounds. By the time I got back I had done 66 miles with 4,000 feet of gain (all collected over the 45 miles of the course I did complete.) 7:25 elapsed time with 6:34 of riding time.
It truly is one of the most unique and challenging things I have very attempted. Neil Shirley is an amazing cyclist and past winner of the Rock Cobbler. His write up shares some amazing pictures from the day. You can read more about it here.
I have decided that from here on out I need to concentrate only on events that support the goal of qualifying Kona. Gravel riding doesn’t help me much for that one. I am going back to just cheering for Stuart at these events!
Braids ready for a big day!
Stuart and I snap a before pic
Casey, and online friend, now an IRL friend. She did amazing!!
The scenery was beautiful! Here is one of the rare flat sections around Lake Ming
Pushing my bike. Lots of pushing my bike
Water crossing was not too bad at all!
Over and onward!
This was the scariest section for me. The path was super narrow and dropped straight down!
..and that is what makes it worthwhile!
I had a quick conversation with a friend online the other day and she said “there are no shortcuts”. This really struck a chord with me. I see a lot of people who just aren’t willing to work for their goals. Its gets tough, and people come up with all kinds of excuses why they couldn’t do it. They want a shortcut, an easy road. I have learned over the last 3 years of structured training, THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS! (sorry for yelling) But that is what makes it totally worthwhile and so satisfying!
This year I am tackling every aspect of training I can. Building strength is something I think I really need to do. I have been making a huge effort not to skip my strength and core sessions (like I may have done in the past). Lucky for me, my coach Jen is giving me the tools to succeed with this one! Short, to the point videos, of what I need to do.
I can feel them working for me and I like the changes I see in my body. No shortcuts people! JUST HARD WORK! (promise I won’t yell any more)