Wednesday, May 20, 2009

it's almost hawaii time!

the highlight of last weekend- was seeing mary. mary has had some bum luck as well (much moreso than me) and got herself a femoral stress fracture. not kidding. SUCKS! i've been trying to show her the ropes (e.g. how to carry starbucks on crutches and things like that), and on Sunday we had a little aqua therapy (in more ways than one!). we practiced water jogging and i acted like i was a total been there-done-that pro. i even made her do "intervals" and "strides" . it was funny. shhhhhh! don't tell her i had no idea what i was doing. well, it was a blast and we even took the therapy poolside for some rays and magazines. of course she's got the "Runner's" w/ the crutches right next to her...classic! anyway, i'm so proud of Mary. she is working through this like a champ and will only come back stronger.
the rest of the weekend was pretty nice too. i had a blast spectating at the Encinitas triathlon (which i was supposed to race) but i was just as fulfilled cruising around on my bike and cheering on lots of friends, especially kirsten, who completed her first triathlon. i also made it out the the Borrego Springs desert for some heat and wind training with the Breakaway Training crew. I was super lucky to have Kathy and Joe to ride with (i.e. tow me along through the wind) and was quite happy to look down at my bike computer 56 miles in to see that I had been riding less than 3 hours. this was a big little moment for me becuase last year, in my first/only half ironman, i biked 3:00:13 just missing that three hour barrier. so, even though i was drafting in Borrego, i wasn't racing and wasn't all geared out and i just really feel like i've come a long way. i know there are MILES to go, but for me, that was a really big smile.
james' good friend from growing up was in town and it was really great to meet some of james' east coast people. ryan and sarah came in town too and we had a full house! good times.

on the injury front-
so work is quite nuts and i am knocking out my VERY LAST WEEK of 4 long years of grad school..this sunday (pending a couple last assignments :)) (Funny, at my Master's graduation exactly 2 years ago, i was on crutches! i need to dig out those pictures). with all this going on, i've been fitting in doctors appointments and ART and trying to figure this hipper out. my lovely insurance decided that i needed to see a couple dotors and get x-rays and all kinds of stuff before approving an MRI, but i'm finally getting in there tomorrow. muscular things (strains, pulls, etc) have been pretty much ruled out.. could be a pelvis or femur stress fracture, but also maybe just a stress "reaction" that could heal much quicker. i already feel much better- my leg isn't screaming when i walk at all, but i definitely haven't run (its been almost a month!)

so, the "best shape of my life" is out the window for the honu 70.3.. total bummer becuase i was going to crush it :). really, i was feeling great. i am sad and not totally processing it, but at this point am just praying that Honu will be the last race i'll miss this season and the season is not totally over. it might be, but i'm not even thinking about that yet until i know for sure.

i finally found an awesome orthopaedic doctor (i had some terrible experiences on the last go around w/ my hip and then arm) and that makes me happy. she didn't even make me feel stupid when i cried becuase i am going to miss running my race.

as for honu 70.3....we're still going!!! i am going to do the swim and the bike (as far as i know) and james and i are going to have fun just being together on the island. i can't wait. i'm just glad my planned race is not in kansas or somewhere thats not a destination in-and-of-itself. life is good and it will all be just fine. ok, off to finish my last piece of work for grad school!


15 comments:

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

So sorry about your hip. What a way to make the best of things. It was great seeing you out on the course Sunday. I appreciated your cheers. Congrats on finishing school...you do good work.

Sue said...

Glad to have an update about your hip...hmmm i shall think of something...soooo james is going to marry you for your smarts...thats way cool...

MJ said...

It's going to be tough not to throw on your runners in T2.... You might need to just bring flip flops or something...

On another note, enlarge the photo and check-out the harsh talking to the poor guy in the hot tub is getting - it's about to be a beat down....

Vincent said...

Keen eye MJ. that girl looks pissed.

good luck with the recovery, hopefully you'll be back running soon. Lets hope its the stress "reaction" which heals quickly.

GZ said...

sorry to hear about the hip. That would be some 'nads if you swam and biked and then walked out of T2. Wow.

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

tough girl and you'll be even tougher when you are over with whatever it is!

runninggunner said...

Home you recover quick. I'm sure you'll enjoy Hawaii either way.

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like you're in a good space about everything. Congrats with the home stretch of school, and good luck in Hawaii!

SixTwoThree said...

Congrats on crossing the ultimate finish line – Grad School! You must be so psyched that you're almost there. Very proud of you! Impressive. Sending healing thoughts your way, so you can surprise everyone at Honu – especially the girls in your age group ;-)

kerrie said...

i just think it's cool that you are going to kona - racing or no racing! sounds like you could really use a vacation right now and that is a great place to do it! i love kona, it's one of my favourite places...i'm sure you'll have a blast no matter what you end up doing. pppulllleaze keep me updated on what they find in your hip!!

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

oh yeah and huge congrats on the graduation!

J.P. Patrick said...

You guys are going to have a blast! Now the question is...are you going to bring the running shoes into transition?!

Shan said...

Beth, that is the BEST attitude you can have in this situation - ROCK ON. Even though you can't run at the moment, you're totally looking at this from the right perspective. You'll be back at it sooner than you think :).

I'm so glad you and James will still be able to enjoy Hawaii - it's definitely a great way to finish grad school!! (Can I come too?)

Heal up soon!

Charisa said...

Good luck w/ grad school finish-up. Hope the hip heals pronto! :)

Mary said...

Awe, you were the favorite part of my weekend and that water workout kicked my butt. seriously. you're the best water running coach and crutch mentor I've ever had :)

I have full confidence you with be off the DL (as they say in baseball) way before me! Hang in there...sending good vibes your way. Congrats on school too...so proud.

PS - I can totally carry a tall Starbuck's cup now. It's this crazy finger/arm grasp I learned. You'd be proud.