Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rookie Mistake #902 and ART...

Day one of Ironman Canada training. In 10 full days (post IM Japan) my only training was one splash in the ocean, a tiny ride along side my friends racing the Kona Marathon (I cheered for them from my black bike), and one yoga class... and that was it...nothing more...

Day 1: 1 hour bike with some high cadence stuff. COOL! back on the bike. I was dying, I was huffing and puffing and it felt like a dump truck was sitting on my legs. It hurt, really hurt. I put it in the little ring and tried to spin, there is no spin at a cadence of 82 in the smallest, easiest gear. Seriously, is this what happens with 10 days off? Next week I am racing in the Vancouver 1/2 Ironman, I had visions of Eileen flying by me laughing on the bike. For real.

Mile 7 I finally hop off thinking I have a flat. No flat. I spin the wheel. IT DOESN'T SPIN AT ALL! Duhhhh. Dork of the year right here! Me! I had the skewer tightened so tight on the left side that the tire was rubbing against the frame of my bike! Oh man, I just rode 7 miles with the most painful resistance training EVER experienced in my life! What a rookie!

And after that I got some ART. Mom's try not to use your hip to hold 32 pounds of child. It can do some damage to a lot of the body... and the ART hurts too... but I think it works! The hip is back in place and the right leg is no longer 500 inches shorter!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Riding with your parking brake on. I have done something like that. I carried two children on my left side for the better part of five years. Atleast they were both small children for their ages. No wonder I have so many bio-mechanical problems. I have loved reading your blog, you are a talented writer. When the training and racing gets tuff "Philippians 4:13".

J. Beach

July 1, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Blogger Rebecca said...

My e-mail is
my arms are hurt from the hills when I push myself

July 1, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Blogger rr said...

ART rules! I have this rotated hip thing and one leg is way shorter.. glad you found help! Time for little Wee to start walking full time, mama!

Enjoy the return to training!!

July 1, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Blogger Flatman said...

Ha! I have ridden about twenty miles or so with my brake rubbing. I thought I was dying...

Resistance training FTW!!!

July 2, 2008 at 3:19 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I did my Time Trial this weekend and when I went to turn my bike into transition for the tri that afternoon my wheel started screaming because it was rubbing so bad! My screws were too lose on my bike not supporting the tire and I have NO idea how it all worked out for the time trial!! I was just so thankful that I was still able to do it without having to fix my wheel in the middle! :) I'm glad you're feeling more like yourself!

July 2, 2008 at 3:20 AM

Blogger LoveOfShoes said...

ART is my miracle drug- glad it helped

July 2, 2008 at 4:24 AM

Blogger Kim said...

I hope you've been reading about summer camp, Beth, ELF and Ness. It is too funny, although, you're story of the too tight skewer made me realize that I am not the only completely mechanically challenged person on the planet. I am no longer allowed to put my bike back together after a trip without Kyle checking it! I almost lost the whole back wheel once when it just magically "came out" of the frame - while riding! Take care!

July 2, 2008 at 4:31 AM

Blogger Jen said...

That little boy is SO ADORABLE!
4th cutest kid in the world (behind my 3 of course).

July 2, 2008 at 5:51 AM

Blogger D said...

Doing the Vancouver Half you say... looks like I will be doing some Bree Wee stalking in my home town ;) hehe

July 2, 2008 at 7:21 AM

Blogger Samantha said...

Bree!!! I'm doing the Vancouver Half. yup. the whole thing, and I'm pumped. See you soon!

July 2, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Wee, you are too funny! Would it be that bad if I laughed ;-) LOL, not happenin', you are too strong! So excited to see you soon and spend a whole week together...


July 2, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Blogger Benson said...

Only 7 miles? You wussy.
Just kidding.
I've done it too.
A woman I used to ride with had the brake pad rubbing for 19 miles!
She nearly collapsed before realizing the problem.

Wishing you Good training.

July 2, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Blogger jameson said...

a little rub is good for training... just ask Beth. I think she was riding with her brake rubbing for the past couple of months... and once she told me, and I fixed it she was flying!

now if I could get her to pump up her tires....

July 2, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

hee hee hee - just goes to show that you're human too. :) Nope - havent done the skewer thing, BUT the brakes on more than one ocasion. Better learned now than in a race. BUT - I know that you would still vvvrrooooooom! past everyone else.

Yep, time for the little guy to start running after his MOm. :)

July 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Blogger Samantha said...

Just bring some of that warm Hawaiian Pacific Ocean with you. I hate cold water. haha. Oh, and for the New Balance half a week or so ago (same weekend as your IM in Japan) I was on a relay team that Paul named "All Talk" because apparently me and the other girl on the team talk too much. ha. gee thanks coach. lol. TTYL!

July 2, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Blogger E.L.F. said...


July 2, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Blogger shawn and tracy said...

Yahoo for ART!!!! My hips do the same thing all the time. Dr. Wood tells me your wheels are in line again ;-)

July 2, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Just make Kainoa walk - his new little slippers are so cute on his feet anyways..(less pressure on you)...

July 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Blogger Sarah said...

Okay, I'm the only one here who doesn't know what ART is!!! What IS IT? Somebody PLEASE TELL ME! I think I want some! :)

Bree, your story cracked me up. At least it was in training. At the Santa Barbara Tri last year I rode my new tri bike and the screw was messed up (has the same setup as yours w/the cutout in the frame) and I rode for like 25 miles with the wheel rubbing! I finally realized it was rubbing (not counting those 25 miles of going 'gosh...this feels HARD!') when I had to go up a massive hill and it made a LOUD SCREEEEEEEEECH. It cost me a good 10 minutes of trying to fix that darn thing, but at least I learned my lesson! ha!

July 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Blogger Danielle said...

I get ART along with Gratson Technique (using ceramic tools to break up scar tissue) I LOVE it! It has really done wonders for me in terms off all the muscle imbalance that I had because of a broken leg.

I do that type of thing ALL the time with my bike! Poor thing....chain needs cleaning,very nasty, I may just buy a new one!

July 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Blogger Rebecca said...

email me one more time because my computer is old. the pictures are not show up

July 2, 2008 at 1:28 PM

Blogger Rebecca said...

thank you for the pictures

July 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

We have 5 storeys, although each storey is fairly small. The whole house has about 1,800 sq. ft. But still a lot roomier than what we lived in in Kona. Move to Taiwan is permanent for now, but I have been asked to be involved in a project with the Kona campus which means I may need to go there for a few weeks later this year. I hope it doesn't mess up my swimming too much! (I went 1m 25s on 100m today - I feel chuffed about it - slowly getting better!). If I live in Hawai'i I want to live somewhere nice. My wife doesn't want a return to the former lifestyle. This morning we are going to stay in a hotel near the southern tip of the island. All four of us. Family time. To get a perspective on the reality of life and away from all you virtual guys, hopefully! Back tomorrow.

July 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

I was never a big believer in ART ( active release therapy, right?) until my last race after the climbs on the bike my lower back really tensed up but the Post race guys worked some of that magic on me. Good luck in Canada eh?

July 2, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Blogger Karen said...

I think we all have done something like that sometime or other. I've ridden whole rides before with my brake rubbing and didn't figure out why it was so hard to ride until I finished my ride and checked out my tires.
Thanks for the great pictures of Randy and Rebecca.

July 2, 2008 at 8:53 PM

Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

Yep, ART can hurt like a banshee! It's done me wonders!

July 3, 2008 at 6:45 AM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

I can SO relate. I have been going to a massage therapist since I delivered triplets back in 2001. Many MOMs don't know what hip holding can do to the body. So glad you know this - you need (and will) get your Kona slot at IM Canada, and if that hip gets out of alignment it sure makes it a lot harder to bike and run!

July 4, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Blogger Jen in Budapest said...

Bree - love you girl! Love your honesty and the fact that you're going after it. I'm really hoping that your time off and time to reflect and do other stuff will pay off big time in the half. That's my hope for you! :D Much love.

PS - My friend from Honolulu keeps bugging me to get over there and see her. 2009 might be the year I do. If so, I'll have to come see you and go ot one of your sisters yoga classes :D Lots of love.

July 5, 2008 at 8:34 AM


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