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Loving Pumpkins and Beasts

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

It’s Halloween tomorrow, and everywhere I look, there’s a pumpkin staring back at me. Everybody and their dog seems to be dressing up for Halloween this year. My swim coach (who will turn into John Travolta tomorrow eve) asked me today what my Halloween costume will be. “Well, what you see is what you get”, I told him. “Oh, so you’re gonna be a swimmer?” “Yeah, something like that”. I think I might just turn some of those pumpkins into pumpkin pie, haha. You know what they say about “when life hands you pumpkins….”.

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One of the books I finished not too long ago is called “Born to Run”. It has some great quotes in it, and this is my favorite….

“The most advanced weapon in the ultrarunner’s arsenal : instead of cringing from fatigue, you embrace it. You refuse to let it go. You get to know it so well, you’re not afraid of it anymore….You love the Beast. You actually look forward to the Beast showing up, because everytime he does, you handle him better. You get him more under control. You have a friendly little tussle with the Beast and show it who’s boss. You can’t hate the Beast and expect to beat it; the only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you, is to love it.”

Here’s to loving Pumpkins and Beasts. Happy Halloween.:-)

My Second Home

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

After a week out of the water, I returned last week to my second home – the pool where I swim, about a mile from where I live. I head there early in the morning to workout in the shallow pool….pool walking and exercises while the senior pool aerobics class is going on. I’ve met many new ‘friends’ over the last week, although a little older than the average age of most of my friends. They’ve been trying to convince me to join their pool party, but I think I’ll hold off for a few years.

In the middle of the day, I do my swim workout – most of it with my pull buoy and paddles since kicking is still on the banned list. I’m also perfecting the 1 legged swivel turn which seems to be a source of constant amusement among my friends. Not that funny if you ask me. Anyway, the Swivel-D is here to stay for at least another few weeks. No more photos please.

When my swim workout is done, I head to the gym for strengthening exercises. It’s also in the same building as the pool, which also offers internet and free coffee on the way in and out. I’m thinking of moving a bed, and a mini fridge over there, and I’ll be all set.:)

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Moving Forward

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Last Monday, I had my IT band surgery in Roanoke, Virginia. It went as good or better than I could have expected. I have an amazing doctor (Dr.TK Miller), and he and his wife took care of me for the few days I was in Roanoke. The surgery went smoothly, and that afternoon I was up and about on crutches (at the coffee shop of course, heehee). The hardest part of the day was fasting from midnight until 1pm…and you think you know what it means to be hungry.;-)

So now I’m back in San Diego, doing some rehab on my knee, and trying as doc says to “hurry slowly”. I’m very proud of all my team mates for their great efforts in Kona yesterday. It was tough watching the race online and wanting so badly to be there, but seeing everyone tough it out, and watching Tereza’s amazing 4th place finish made me very happy and proud of my fellow TBB’ers.

Tomorrow, I get back in the pool for some pool walking and to make best friends with my pull buoy for the next few weeks. I’ve been going through chlorine withdrawal for the last week, and I can’t wait to dive…uh, I mean climb into the pool tomorrow.

A Box of Chocolates

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

“Life is like a box of chocolates”, Forest Gump said. “You never know what you’re gonna get.” My favorite chocolates are the hard, chewy kind or the ones with the crunchy inside. And I’ve been lucky enough to get quite a few of these this year. But recently, I picked one with a soft strawberry filling – you know, the kind you want to put back as soon as you bite into it.

So, this strawberry filled chocolate has taken me to Virginia this week where I’m waiting to have a small surgery on Monday on my IT band (the muscle that attaches on the side of your knee). I had the same surgery on my other knee a few years ago, and I’m lucky to have a great doctor who did a super job the first time around.

So for the last few weeks, while I’ve been unable to train like I normally do, I’ve been living at the pool and working hard on my swim. The green tinged hair, prune fingers and chlorine skin are happy reminders that I’m putting miles in the swim bank, letting them pile up, to be used at a later date. Enjoying the outside of the strawberry filled chocolate, so to speak.

Next week, it’s time to pick another chocolate. Chewy or crunchy please or I’m spitting it out.;-)