• injury,  life stuff

    Things I want right now…

    Day 10 of spending quality time on either my bed or the couch, foot in the air. 10 days of minimal activity, where my physical achievements include crutching down the stairs to the couch in the morning, and getting off the couch to crutch back up again in the evening. I thought this would be a good time to kick-start my diet. I do have about 20kg to lose after all, and what better time than while sitting on my arse, doing absolutely nothing – apart from working, eating and watching Doctor Who. Please follow and like us:

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    #myrightfoot surgery – a storyboard

    After walking with a damaged right ankle for about six months, I finally had surgery on 26 January. What with everything happening in my life - busy work season (one of my clients is the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon), the kids having just started a new school year (including Da Son starting at a brand new school) - I considered moving the surgery until May. But in the end, I found myself booked in at Constantiaberg Mediclinic at 6am last Monday. It turned out to be a very difficult two days, and I am still struggling with pain management and the frustration of being immobile. But I don't want…

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    Changing directions

    As you probably know by now, I recently left the cushy comfort of full-time employment to work as a solopreneur (or, freelancer). I wanted to walk the talk of being dedicated to my husband and children.  I wanted flexibility.  I wanted to rediscover my creative voice. As a result, you will see some changes to this site in the coming weeks and months… Please follow and like us:

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    Plot twist – Now Pink and I have something in common…

    This story's getting a little old now... January: overhydrate & collapse at Ironman 70.3 and wake up in the medical tent. January - March: walk around with my ankle hanging on the floor. An MRI diagnoses a non-existent peroneal tendon. April: Peroneal tendon reconstruction & repair surgery. May & June: Foot in the air, in a leg cast. July - September: Intense rehab to get back on track, in order to join the rest of my training team in preparation for IM70.3 in 2014. That was my year so far. Then I resigned from my job to start up my own freelance business and focus on my family. I had…

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    cha-cha-cha-CHANGES!

    It all started with a spear through Da Husband’s leg. Three Sundays ago, Da Husband went spear fishing while I was on babysitting duty.  I had the whole day planned out… some indoor training, followed by a hair cut, taking a walk with the kids and dogs and catching up on some work. Please follow and like us:

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    PLOT TWIST!! My shock of the week.

    I had planned to dedicated today’s blog post about my newfound swimming skillz, and was looking for a pic from last night’s swim session to post online. And then I found the pic.  I gasped.  Then I cried a little (but only on the inside).  And then I told my boss that I was having a chocolate moment, which was his cue to get me a piece of chocolate from his super-secret stash and carefully – as not to provoke any rabid-dog-like reaction from me – place my mood stabilizer of choice next to my laptop. Please follow and like us:

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    Rehab & Starting Over

    In just a little bit over a month I’ll be starting my 2014 Ironman 70.3 training.  It will be my second attempt to finish, after a spot of over-hydration took me out of the race and into the medical tent earlier this year. Yeah… I was a little over-zealous with the whole water drinking thing.  And come to think about it… it was a New Thing I Tried On Race Day.  Lesson learnt, moving on. Please follow and like us:

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    Surviving Peroneal Tendon Surgery: Hopalong’s Tips

    People have taken to calling me Hopalong.  Friends, colleagues, family – I should have seen it coming… Anyhoo, after a quick visit to Dr Narramore’s office yesterday, the good news is that my foot is healing well. It all started with two concerned emails to him.  I’m a bit of a surgery rookie and get performance anxiety pretty easily.  And not knowing what would be classified as normal, I was getting a little worried. I think by that point they were more worried about me becoming high-maintenance, so they told me to come in for a cast change and for the doc to have a quick peek at the scar.…

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    Surviving Peroneal Tendon Surgery: Day 15 – Going Mental

    So here I am, back on my bed, with my foot propped up on four pillows.   The cut is burning (is that a good or bad sign?) and every time I move my foot inside the cast it feels like a thousand tiny woodpeckers are chipping away at the bone (is that a good or bad sign?). Oh, and every time my foot isn’t elevated, it swells up so badly that it feels like it wants to break out of the cast.  And my toes turn blue. I think the bossman Sparkles said it best when he told me “every minute your foot isn’t raised above your heart is…