Thursday, February 18, 2010

Knee News

Well, my blog has been rather dull because I have not been doing much. Ok, so I have been watching the Olympics, I have knit two hats (one with a skull on the front), and I have been coaching my TNT participants. Other than that I have been laying low because of my knee.

At mile 20 of the marathon portion of the Goofy challenge back on January 10th I started to feel my left knee. It was not bad. It felt like someone was whacking my kneecap with a small stick. It was more annoying than painful. By mile 25 it was irritating and it did smart, but it did not keep me from continuing to run or to slow my pace down. The next day I was having a hard time getting around. My knee felt so stiff and sure it was swollen. By Wednesday of that week, the pain was going away and by Friday the pain was gone. I did a strength training workout and had no problems. No problems until the next morning. On Saturday my training schedule said I had a 2 hour run where I was to either alternate 15 minutes of running and then walking or to run out for one hour and then walk back on the second hour. I chose that option and I was so glad to be done. By mile 2 I was starting to feel my knee again and by the end of the hour I was hurting. I walked home and was stiff and sore for another couple of days.

I laid off the knee but I was finding that even trainer rides were causing stiffness after the workouts. I went to go see Dr. H and he told me that I probably had some tendinitis. I rested the knee. The last weekend of January I ran a 5K and placed first in my age group. The pain with the knee did not kick in until mile 2 but by mile 3 I was glad I was almost done. I ran a 5K the next day with my kid. When we started out it felt like a sharp knife was being jabbed into the right edge of my left knee cap. I was sore and stiff until Wednesday of the next week.

I have been playing it safe and not doing much but it is like taking my fitness level and flushing it down the toilet. I went back to see Dr. H last Friday and he thinks that my condromalacia has flared up. I have been icing and elevating but I have to keep moving. I have been running and keeping the distance to 5K and below. I am sure I will have people telling me to stop. Ok, I can stop, but running helps me stay sane and normal. I have to have 24 minutes to be able to think and not think that is my time. Please don't ask me to give that up.

Tomorrow I go to see the docs at The Center for Spine, Sports, and Physical Medicine. They have some cutting edge technology that they have been using on professional athletes to keep them moving with out pain. I am tired of feeling like someone is whacking my kneecap with a stick every time I land on my left foot.

I will report back if there is anything the docs can do. I got my run in today so I am happy. Time for lunch.

Later Gators,


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Make Over Time!

I was getting a bit bored with my blog's appearance so I added a little punch to it. Again, I am a computer nimrod so I did the easiest thing I could. I tried adding different fonts but I messed up the HTML code somehow. Oh, well at least I am better at riding a bike than making my blog look great.

Ok, so I am still trying to get caught up on things. About a week to 10 days ago Kathleen (past president of my tri club) tagged me on her blog to give my Top 10 List. So now as the Paul Sheaffer band does a drum roll, here is Coach Liz's Top 10 Things That Make Me Happy!

Starting with 10: Chocolate! The darker, the better. I do believe that it causes a sense of well-being and at times euphoria in me.

9. Texas! I love living in the Lone Star State. Where else can you live that there are mountains, beaches, deserts, pine trees, palm trees, alligators, wild boar, pumas, snow, heat, blue bonnets, pecans, dance halls, cactus, cowboys, Cajuns, Czechs, and some of the best ruby red grapefruit and Tex Mex food on earth? Please don't ask me to live anywhere else. I will go and visit, but my home will always be in Texas.

8. Team In Training! This organization has provided me and my family with so much. I owe them so much.

7. My dolphin ring from my mom. It is probably not worth more than $100 but to me it is priceless. I have always loved dolphins. I did a lot of sailing when I was a kid growing up and the dolphin is a sailor's good luck charm.

6. My Coach, Anthony Humpage. Woofie has been putting up with me for almost 5 years and me not being real good about filling in my Training Peaks log. He has gotten me prepared for a few really BIG races and has helped me come back from knee surgery. I cannot thank him enough for keeping me on as one of his athletes over the years.

5. My friends who make me a better bike rider. Greyhound, Carrie (Tri to be Funny) and her Hubster Shawn are all people who I really respect and they make me push myself to work a little harder when I want to slack off on the bike.

4. My TNT Friends. This is a group of people who have become as close as family. I have traveled around the globe with some of them and have done some amazing races with them. I am very proud to say that I have coached everyone in this picture to finish their first triathlon. From left to right we have Lauren who has done Ironman 70.3 Cancun and Switzerland with me, Ryan who has done Ironman 70.3 Switzerland with me and has qualified for the Short Course National Championships, Norma who is celebrating her first Half Ironman finish at the Lone Star Half Ironman last spring, Luke who has raced Ironman Cozumel and Longhorn Ironman 70.3 with me, and on my right is Jay who has completed a Half Ironman at the Lone Star Tri Festival and is now a certified USA Triathlon coach.

3. My BFF Johnny Tri. If I could have a twin brother, it would be John. We are goofy together and we have had our share of knock down drag outs but in the end our friendship has only gotten stronger. He has trusted me to coach him through two Ironman races and he is now the new Team In Training Las Vegas Chapter tri coach. I'm very proud of you JT!

2. My Dad and Val. I love you both very much and THANK YOU for coming out to see me finish my first Ironman race.

And the number one thing that makes me happy: Steven and Steven, a.k.a. Dr. Evil and Mini Me. I love my boys! They are so good to put up with me and my antics. They know that as long as I get to ride my bike a little and run around the neighborhood a bit I will bend over backwards for them.

So now I get to tag some people!

If I tag you, you will need to give us your Top Ten and put my name on the top of the list of people that you tag.

So here we go!

1. I need to tag Kathleen because she is the one who tagged me.
2. Carrie Tri to be Funny in Austin, TX
3. Steve in a Speedo up in the snow and cold in Minnesota.
4. Rainmaker who is also snowed in over in Virginia.
5. Ryan who is training for the St. George Ironman if he is not snowed in as well.
6. Ken who is a fellow TNT coach up in Michigan
7. Regina who is a TNT participant and training for her first 70.3.
8. Christi who is raising money for The Chron's and Colitis Foundation.
9. IronTrish who also did Ironman Cozumel this past November.
10. Jay who is a fellow TNT tri coach here in Houston

All of their links can be found in my favorite blogs that I visit.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Getting caught up...

It has been a busy week! We had our Summer season Kick-Off for Team in Training on Wednesday and getting those last minute details done before then had the earlier part of my week packed and the last two days have been hectic with getting ready for a Team clinic tonight at a local tri shop and for tomorrow's first practice.

So back to last weekend...

On Friday night we had some great tickets to the Houston Rockets vs. the Portland Trailblazers game courtesy of my dad. Bud had received game tickets for Christmas. Our seats were in the end-zone next to the Rockets Red Rowdies Crew. They were nuts and got crazier as the game went along because it was a close game. The Rockets won in the last few seconds. Very exciting.

On Saturday morning, Bud and I got up super early and got dressed up warm and headed out for the Bill Crews Remission Run. I found out once we got there that the run was at 9 am and not 8 am like I thought and the kids 1 mile run was at 9:45 am. Doh! I needed to be a Team in Training recruiting meeting 35 miles away at 10:00 am. My kid asked me if everyone was starting together because other kids his age at the start and I said yes. I lied! But hey, he ran his first 5K! Here is a link to a few pics! After I finished my race and found my jackets that I tossed on the ground before the race I ran back to wait for Bud to come running in. I was so proud of him. As soon as he finished we high tailed it to the meeting and even though I was a little late, I walked in right as the TNT staff member was talking about the triathlon that I will be coaching this season.

My knee was really sore after the run so I was a lazy bum with an ice pack the rest of the day. We had a nice dinner to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. After that it was off to bed. We all had to get up early again the next morning.

As soon as the alarm rang, we were dressed and off to downtown. Bud and I were running and El Esposo was doing the 2 mile walk at the Rockets Run. Bud was not quite sure about running another 5K and wanted to do the kids K but all I had to say was that if he ran the 5K he would get to finish on center court of the Toyota Center and that the Rockets Power Dancers would be there. I ran his pace and helped him pick it up again after his walking breaks. My knee was killing me at first but was not as bad at the end. Here is a link to a photo of us running. So now Bud has logged two 5K runs and he is looking forward to his next one. Mom is very proud of him. For doing the run, we all got tickets to the Rockets Game on Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns. We lost by three points but we did get to see Steve Nash play. Very exciting.

Well, that's the news from Houston. More on my TNT TEAM and their first workout later this weekend.

Have a great day,