Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In the hole...

Do you want to know how to do-yourself-in? How to dig a deep hole, jump in, then spend all week trying to get out? I know just the way...

Spend your peak training week for Ironman Japan (last week for me) working your bum off, most of it in the rain & a sky covered in vog. When Saturday group ride rolls around and Luke Mckenzie and Chris Macca decide to join hold on for dear life, then just as you are about to reach the recovery spot try to out sprint Macca. That's what I did, knowing perfectly well my body needed to just recover and draft I tried to race the Aussies! At least Macca told me "Way to carve it up".

Then, run after the hard group ride... I did. And at night when you are craving sleep be sure to go watch BJ Penn (Hawaii's ultimate super fighter). He is amazing, ignore sleep for him. By the way he won, I love him!

Now it is Sunday... on the training plan coach has an ocean swim that says, "find someone to draft". GREAT! I found Macca and Luke again, you better believe I was drafting them. It hurt. My lungs exploded. I was going 100% to hang with their 75% (if that). At that point I knew what little my body had left was now gone. I had put myself in a hole. Not an over-training hole (those are the type when you start to hate sport and don't want to train) I still loved sport and wanted to train. It was the hole where I asked a lot of my body and gave it nothing (or not enough of what it needs) in return. Darn me.

Next up on Sunday I went to the beach with every intention to surf. Surfing always makes me feel better. I believe salt water heals and invigorates. Instead I fell asleep in the sun watching Kainoa and Jim tandem-ing. Darn me, sun poisoning! I was so tired that as soon as I sat I fell asleep...

So, I spent all Monday in a panic. I loaded up on everything and anything that was "good for me" including sleep. I slept about 36 hours missing all my workouts and only waking up to read Rachel's blog this morning for some entertainment. I emailed Katya and Eileen (they have Ironman's the same day as me so I wanted to know if they are dead too). Just me... darn me!

Talked to coach this morning, he thinks it might be the flu judging by my symptoms. I never had the flu so I don't know. I do know I trained a lot in the rain. He suggested seeing a doctor for antibiotics. Jim did too. I refused. I don't see doctors unless it is an emergency- like hitting your head on rocks while surfing and getting staples, popping out a baby, breaking bones, or fatal car accidents. Not a flu or whatever it is...

I made an appointment for acupuncture. Tomorrow I will see my acupuncturist. I believe in that, I believe in healing from the ground and Earth (I know I am weird). Darn me though... I never have felt like this before. Just in time for Honu and I am in a hole...

I will let you know how the acupuncture goes.


Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Oh Wee! Hang in there. You will get over this sickness or tiredness very soon. You really did awesome in all your amazing workouts leading up to feeling a bit off. It is ok. Your body is broken down just a bit and will bounce back stronger than ever soon. Just keep resting up and staying out of the sun (Geez WEE, don't fall asleep like that again.) We love you and will be sending you positive vibes and TONS of energy!

P.S. need a good laugh, think about me eating burnt chicken with ketchup, remember? HA!

Love lots,

May 27, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Blogger Danielle said...

Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I got fried yesterday in the sun and woke up with a fever and sore throat today. I don't think I am sick, but I think that it was more of over-exposure from the sun. Hope you feel better soon and start peaking for IM Japan!!

May 27, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

Rest up and feel better soon! Sometimes "enforced rest" makes for good races, too!

May 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Blogger rr said...

You are going to recover fast, bree, just hang in there and think positive! Keep resting, you have three more days to come back. Sending all my healthy healing vibes over from Oahu (since we're being hippies :)) Hope the accupunture helps! Sleep sleep sleep.


May 27, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Hope you feel better soon Bree!! I'll be praying for you. Sleep and sleep and more sleep!!

May 27, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Blogger TB said...

BW, hang in'll recover fast...better to get sick now and not week before Japan...I'll be praying you.

May 27, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Blogger Lisa said...

Take care and rest up so you feel better! Your body is just rebelling against all the hard work you put it through last week and just needs to catch up. Hang in there and you will soon be bouncing out of the hole!

May 27, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Blogger Ange said...

You are such a hard hard worker! Your body needs a little rest. I hope you're not sick sick and it's just super fatigue. As you told me, beat your body down wiht hard work-rest-and you'll come back stronger. Right? I know you will!! Hang in there. Amazing workouts last week!!

May 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Blogger Paul said...

The flu is viral so antibiotics won't help you there. It can't hurt to see a doctor though, as you may have something else. Rest up and get healthy!!!

May 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Blogger alison said...

eat lots of garlic and drink water! by the way...influenza is a virus so if it really is flu antibiotics won't do anything anyhow. take care of yourself...listen to your body and get better soon!

May 27, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I literally feel your pain! I spent all weekend in bed with a stomach thing... So I am trying not to panic as I'm leaving tomorrow morning to head out your way for my A race!! But I've been forced to rest up, which is probably a good thing. It will be for you as well.... And SLEEP... That was my issue, and it is the BEST medicine out there!!

May 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

The flu feels like hell, but is very seldom fatal. Hopefully the sickness will be just the "chill out" time you need to come back stronger than ever. I hope it's not a severe case.

Keep doing that "good for you" stuff, and feel better!

May 27, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Blogger TATI said...

hope u feel better bree, and i agree 100%-don't see the doctor :). good to know someone is as "weird" as me when it comes to docs and meds haha...nothing like the body's natural ability to heal.
take care, and u'll have a great IM so don't even worry.

May 27, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Blogger LeAnn said...

I'm with Jim...go see a doctor.

May 27, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Blogger LeAnn said...

And tell Jim to get race ready in Sept/Oct and to eat lots of rice cause he'll need all the fuel to keep up with me. :0P

May 27, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Blogger E.L.F. said...

WEE! Even though you are a super hero you must rest as hard as you train!

I called my doctor for you and he prescribed - coffee. I can't blame him - it always works for me. :)

May 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

i am totally at the same spot/hole - i think that IM CdA is the same weekend as IM Japan...and i think it's okay. i think it is where you need to be right now, having pushed the limits, with all of your work done. now just let your body absorb it.
i also agree with - the food of champions, lol.

May 27, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

Good rest days are as equally important as the hard-training days and not just for the geriatrics like myself. Try exercising some moderation (except when your life depends on speed). Treat these events as a wake-up call. Don't feel bad about feeling weak and groggy when others are out there blasting it - some days you just need to recover. Slow and steady wins the race!

May 27, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Blogger chrissy parks said...

yeah for acupuncture!! i use it when ever i can (i even have my own needles and have studied enough to use it sparingly on myself!). knotted muscles, angry IT bands, headaches, for sure it will help you -- even if it is the flu!
get well soon, i'll be cheering for you on the weekend!!

May 27, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Blogger Mel said...

Oh Bree...I hope it is just a small bug..that will heal in no time...DANG IT!!! It was that crazy ass 6 hour training day..that is just insane :)I am keeping my fingers crossed that your next post will be all fired up to race and you are ready to roll...start pounding that fresh squeezed OJ :) GET WELL!!!

May 27, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Blogger Mel said...

SORRY IT WAS THAT 8 HOUR TRAINING not want to take any hours away...CRAZY!!!

May 27, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

It's my fault...made you run in the rain last week. Crawl under your truck and on the truck etc..

Dude, get better. Missed you today. We talked story, mostly about you!!hahaha...nah just jokin..relax!:)

May 27, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Don't let the flu or whatever it is beat you. come back feeling stronger and keep your thoughts in the right direction. Sleep it up, rest and relax... You will be there on race day!

May 27, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Sorry to hear you are under the weather Bree. Sending you good thoughts and a few violins. They did me wonders. After playing them yesterday I'm hardly limping today!!! Take care.

May 27, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Blogger Nitsirk said...

Sounds like your body is trying to tell you to rest. Get a ton of sleep and stay hydrated, you will bounce back stronger than ever.

May 28, 2008 at 1:59 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

uh oh.. where's my post I left last night? :-(
Anyway, I said, yes you are in a hole but one you will jump right out of. Keeping tabs on you today to see how you are doing,

May 28, 2008 at 2:32 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

I hope you're feeling better Bree! Drink lot's of Echinacea Tea it really does help! (it's natural)
We love you and we're praying for a quick recovery!

May 28, 2008 at 2:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

M&Ms always make me feel better, Bree! HA! But...I hope the accupuncture and rest helps! SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP - you'll be back to your old bad A$$ self very soon. It is hard to rest being a mom with a toddler!!! Jen H. :)

May 28, 2008 at 3:24 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

I hope that you feel better soon. I'll be interested to hear how the accupuncture goes. I've never tried it. I'm sure that you will be fine with some rest. You have put plenty of training in, and you will be ready for your race. Get well soon!!

May 28, 2008 at 3:29 AM

Blogger Cy said...

Sounds like a good dose of rest will do wonders. I'm with you on mainstream doctors-Great for actute trama, emergencies, but like to keep it Holistic otherwise. Wish I could send you my wonderful Osteopath- I Don't know what I'd do without her...well I guess i'd be living in my hole!!

Stay poistive-You're rebound quickly I'm sure.

May 28, 2008 at 3:42 AM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Hang in there Bree! Sometimes the body gives out but there is a reason for it. This too shall pass. Chin up!

May 28, 2008 at 3:56 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Garlic and Chicken brooth. Cold beverage...lots of both.

Careful...if you are sick, hurt or sun burn it is really hard to race let alone race well.

May 28, 2008 at 5:04 AM

Blogger kerri said...

Sounds like you got alot of free need to go to that Dr!!! Hope you feel better! SLEEEP, CHILLAX, EAT!

May 28, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

Rest is Best Bree!

:-) Mary

May 28, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Blogger beth said...

How was the acupuncture? Oh, I so hope you feel better soon. At least you can rest smiling that you freaking kept up with Macca! not many (if any) ladies can say that one.

May 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Bree got run over by a pod of dolphins today in Kailua Bay. She tried to catch them but forgot to come up for air! A little mermaid saved her!! Hahahaha! LOL!

May 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Blogger shawn and tracy said...

Hope you recover quickly and don't stress about the down time to much. I'm interested to hear how the acupuncture goes.....

All the Best,

May 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Bree Bree Bree! I wish I could take your blah sickness for myself and you could be healthy! Here's to natural remedies. My Dad always makes "strong" tea = regular tea with honey, lemon, and bandy. Except he doesen't tell my Mom about the booze. But she sure LOVES the tea...:) Hang in there - will you publish the vinegar recipie? I am curious, and it sure beats my Dad's tea... good vibes your way!

May 29, 2008 at 8:57 AM


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