Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Am I getting any better???

I'm not sure if I can give an affirmative answer to that question. I started my second round of the anti-parasitic meds this morning and I am still dragging. My adrenal glands are burnt out. I have a lot of the classic symptoms of adrenal fatigue and even though I started feeling better at the end of last week and got in some good workouts, when I was off the anti-parasitic meds for 5 days all the fatigue and other issues came back.

I made the decision to skip out on the Lone Star 1/2 Iron distance race in April and I am hoping that I will be able to get my workouts in for Buffalo Springs. The fatigue is very hard to deal with. I can sleep for 8 to 10 hours a night and still feel tired and want a nap later in the day. The fatigue causes me to miss workouts and then I feel lazy and it is frustrating. I get angry that the people who come to my classes and workouts can always just say, "Dang, I am running out of time and I won't be able to make it to the gym today if I want to get all my stuff done." I cannot use that excuse. They would be P.O. if I was not there to teach their noon Step aerobics class. And then they give me the guilt statement of, "You are the only reason that I come to this gym. Your classes are so good!" ARRRGHH!!!

I have the Disney Princess Half Marathon in less than two weeks and I know that I will be able to run it. I am not running it for a PR but just to have fun and do it for the pictures and stuff. I just hope it won't burn me out for the rest of our family trip. At least the run is on the 4th day of our 5 day vacation. I can hear the Lazy River at Typhoon Lagoon calling my name.

Just as a word of reflection, if you are an endurance junkie like me or you just keep a busy and hectic lifestyle, you need to take time off and DO NOTHING and be a slug. I live in a climate that there is really no off season. As soon as tri season is over, it is marathon season. I think the Europeans have it right with taking the entire month of August off. It took forever to find a doctor who could tell me what I was suffering with and now it almost seems like the symptoms are almost too bad to fix.

Ok, enough of my complaining. Off to go teach classes when I really want to go back to bed.

Later Gators,



Steve Stenzel said...

OH NO!! I had to read the last few posts to get caught up!! I hope you're feeling better!! Hang in there!!!

And I'm sorry this has taken so long! Here are my questions for you. Please let me know when you post it so I don't miss it! Thanks!!

Interview Questions:

1.) What's your best and your worst race experience? Explain.
2.) What was the race that got you "hooked?" Explain.
3.) If you had to pick a current game show to be on, which one would you pick? Why?
4.) On your drive to work, do you listen to alternative, classic rock, NPR, or the local pop station with the trashy and shameless morning show?
5.) If you could replace one leg of a triathlon (swim, bike, run) with ANYTHING else (canoe, 1/4 mile of monkey bars, off-road baja car race, pull-up challenge, etc), what part would you replace? Why? What would the new leg be? Why?

To play along:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by giving you five questions. (I get to pick the questions.)
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I can't imagine what you're going through but I know that you will persevere. Go get them Coach.

Viv said...

Liz, I completely understand. In fact when I went through my exhaustion i was heading towards adrenal failure. I thought all these fitness instructors they tri they train they run marathons why can't my body handle it. I guess our body does what it can and we have to respect it. It was a tough hard lesson that I learned. Yesterday I felt like crap and missed masters the whole time I felt guilty...I thought is my mind tellin me I am sick? Can or should I go swim? It is a fine line we walk between those two. I pray that you will get some rest and let it nouruish you back to iron baby!! I am here for you as you are always here for me with encouraging words. You have my email if I can help or you just want to vent. I know it can be frustrating to want more from our bodies. HUGS!!

greyhound said...

Yeah yeah. Parasites. Busy busy. blah blah blah.

Are you riding Saturday, because it's all about me.

greyhound said...

Yeah yeah. Parasites. Busy busy. blah blah blah.

Are you riding Saturday, because it's all about me.

Rainmaker said...

Nice to see that greyhound's giving you the HTFU. ;)

Enjoy that lazy's good stuff!