• blog post,  healthy living,  life stuff,  training & racing

    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.

  • blog post,  training & racing

    Revenge starts here…

    Tonight at 6pm I’ll be starting my 6-month journey to Ironman 70.3 again.   You may remember how my previous attempt ended with me going for a little sleep in the ambulance and waking up in the medical tent at the finish line – followed by an ugly cry. So I’m excited to seeing some old faces and meeting new people, but I thought I should take stock of where I’m at so I can  start my 2013/2014 Embark programme with a clear mind, focused on revenge.

  • blog post,  injury,  life stuff,  training & racing

    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.

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    Looking Ahead (a.k.a. Escape From Robben Island)

    I’m literally counting down the days and hours until my cast comes off… Friday, 7 June @ 10am Needless to say I can already taste the freedom and smell the Veet that will be applied to get my leg silky smooth the moment I get back home. 18 days & 20 hours… probably a reasonable time to wait, hey? My patience is wearing pretty thin and I’m thinking of cunning ways to escape from this prison without anybody finding out…  Like the other day when my friend Natasha, who also happens to be a teacher at my kids’ school, told me that they use the same stuff my cast is made of…

  • blog post,  injury,  life stuff

    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…

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    My take on Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is around the corner, and if you have school-going kids, chances are that you – like me – would have been invited to some kind of school celebration at some point this week. Of course, this is also the perfect time for self-proclaimed intellectuals to lace their ink with acid and tell everyone who cares to listen why days like Mother’s and Father’s Day no longer have a place in modern society. I have read most of these columns and while I think they’re just taking themselves waaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too seriously, I must admit that I agree with some of their points to a certain extent. Commercialism and keeping…

  • blog post,  injury,  life stuff

    Surviving Peroneal Tendon Surgery: Crutch Fitness? WTF?

    I learned something new today: Last week this time I had the kind of super fitness required to participate in the Freedom Swim.  Less than a week later I found myself hobbling from the parking lot to my orthopedic surgeon’s office, reaching my max heart rate before I even got to the lift, sweating like a piiiiiiiiiiiig and bright red in the face. “Are you OK?” the receptionist asked when I stumbled through the door, while Da Husband performed fancy footwork to make sure I didn’t fall over. “Fuck NO!”, I heaved as I fell into the first chair I saw. I have a serious lack of crutch fitness.  And…

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    Surviving Peroneal Tendon Surgery: Day 4

    It’s day 4.  Thursday.  Three days after my surgery.  And I thought I’d give you an update on what was actually done, an idea of what the surgery (may have) looked like and how I’m working at getting better. What Was Done? Peroneal Tendon Repair:  Repairing the tears in my peroneal tendon (the MRI showed a few) Fibular groove deepening osteotomy:  The bottom end of the bone was flat instead of concave and he had to create a deeper groove for the tendons to sit in place.  According to Google it involves drilling into the bone, depressing the center (breaking it) and in that way deepen the groove to make…

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    Surviving Surgery

    FINALLY – I feel human again! After 24 hours in hospital and one afternoon at home, sleeping off all the drugs that were still my system, I woke up this morning with a clear mind and ready for action.  Sadly, a very painful foot has cancelled out the “action” part of my plans, but it’s great to feel like myself again. Monday: I was originally scheduled to be second on the operating list for Monday, but then I heard that I had been moved to the top.  Which meant that I had to get to the hospital early-ish to settle in. After all the compulsory checking in and weighing in…