Bunion Surgery – The Aftermath

Hello – it’s been a while!

I got tired of updating you about how I was not doing anything interesting, so I stopped until I was recovered enough to be active.

I am 9 months post-op on my left foot, and 14 months post-op on my right foot. The pictures below show the before and after.

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Hello again—2017 here we come!!

It’s been a while folks. A lot of things have happened since the last time I posted:

  • My wife had surgery on her second foot, recovered, and ran her first and second bunion-free 5ks!!
  • I finished my PhD, we both got new jobs and moved to Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is indeed gorges as they say.
  • Due to injury and work overload, I had to cancel my plans to run the Erie marathon in the fall. Instead, I ran a couple of half marathons and some 5ks. I PRed in both distances and I won my first race (sure, it was only 70 people running it and everybody was hangover from new year’s celebrations, but I am still counting it and crossing it off my bucket list).
  • Our cats are adorable as usual.

So, what next? We have two big goals for this year: Continue reading “Hello again—2017 here we come!!”

Triathlon training – for real now

A lot has happened since I last posted! Since I started physical therapy for my foot, I have been progressing quickly. My goal was to get to bike and run as quickly and sensibly as possible.

I was nervous about standing on the bike, since there is a segment of each revolution during which one foot is bearing all the weight. First, I tried an upright stationary bike with programmable workouts (not a spinning bike) during PT. That didn’t go so well… I could not get the resistance to go up high enough to support a real standing climb. So, I took it upon myself to try it on a spinning bike at a local YMCA. I did 8 minutes, then 10, then 15, and tried standing for bits in between. I started with regular training shoes, then my cycling shoes with SPD cleats. This progression built my confidence enough to try riding outside for the first time!

The ride was 7.3 miles at 12.3 miles an hour. It was the windiest ride I’ve ever been on, so I was uncomfortable, cold, and nervous. I broke off from the route Bruno had planned and cut it short a bit. Close to the end, my body had relaxed a bit and I remembered that I really love cycling. I’m excited to try again tomorrow! I’m not quite (mentally) ready to get on my road bike and clip in, and I have a feeling my foot will be ready faster than my head will be 🙂

On the running front, I told my physical therapist early this week I was ready to start running. I have been doing some stuff on the elliptical and some fast walking, and I felt it’s time. She had me try the treadmill and run at a comfortable pace, and I discovered it was actually less painful than walking! So, we’ve been upping the speed and distance since, and today I completed my first outdoor run of 1.83 miles!! I’m feeling very accomplished.

Today's spinning and run combo was many post-surgery firsts: First brick workout, first outdoor run, first run in the snow, first #lesmillsrpm class, first run above 1 mile! 🏆 Thanks @beccarun for running with me, I would have stopped without you there. Nothing crazy, 45 minutes on a stationary bike and 1.83 miles at 11:17 pace… But my foot feels great and my heart is full. 💗 And of course, we celebrated with breakfast 🍳☕️ Day 6 of triathlon training complete! — #️⃣#tritraining #trilife #brickworkout #swimbikerun #triathlontraining #triathleteintraining #triathleteinthemaking #saturdaymorning #outsideisfree #wymtm #mileschangeyou #madebymiles #mizunorunning #mizunowave #workoutdone #runoutside #runner #runnerspace #snowyday #trigirl #runnergirl #weekendworkout #roadtoironman #irunthisbody

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These milestones got my triathlon training off to great start. My workouts this week were:

  • Monday: Strength training – leg day | Swim 550yd
  • Tuesday: Run 2 x 0.5 miles at 11:30 pace
  • Wednesday: Rest
  • Thursday: Strength training – upper body | Swim lesson 1 hr
  • Friday: Run 0.7 miles at 11:00 pace
  • Saturday: Brick Les Mills RPM™ + 1.83 miles at 11:17 pace
  • Sunday: 10 mile ride (planned)

I’m icing and elevating my foot for the rest of the afternoon, because I’ve found that I get better results with my recovering foot if I mind the rest as much as I mind the progress.

My next big milestone is getting on my road bike. Stay tuned for that!

 

Lobsterman Triathlon 2016

We don’t know where we are going to live, but at least we know where we’ll be on September 17.

That’s what I said to Bruno as soon as hit “Submit Payment” on the registration page of our very first Olympic triathlon!

Finding the right “first triathlon” was not as easy as we thought. We both wanted to do a destination race in a city we’ve never visited, and we were looking for an Olympic distance. After scouring the internet for a couple of hours, we had a short list of about 6. We did a Google Image search and narrowed our list down to three:

  1. Portland, OR, Sep 17, http://www.portlandtri.com/
  2. Freeport, ME, Sep 17, http://www.lobstermantri.com/about/
  3. Clearwater, FL, Nov 5, http://trirock.competitor.com/clearwater/

I liked the idea of #3 because Clearwater was one of the beaches I used to frequent as a child. Also, it was later in the Fall and it would give me ample time to train (see: My Bunion Surgery). Portland has always been appealing and everyone I know only has great things to say about the city. Maine sounded interesting because the Lobsterman Triathlon made it on a list of the 10 Greatest Destination Triathlons, plus they have lobster and corn on the cob at the finish line… 🙂

To decide, we posted our shortlist to Facebook and asked our friends to vote. The results were Portland 7 votes, Maine 7 votes, and Clearwater 1 vote. We chose Maine because Bruno’s just-so-Internet-savvy dad voted for it, and we pretty much thought that was the most adorable thing in the world.

Lobsterman Triathlon 2016 Finish Line
See you in September!

So, here we are! Eight months from the big day. There will be some other big accomplishments between now and then:

 

  • March – Day will begin to walk normally again (fingers crossed)
  • Early May – Bruno’s first BQ attempt at the Pittsburgh Marathon
  • Late May – Bruno and Day graduate from PhD and Master’s degrees, respectively
  • June – Our first Sprint triathlon – Trirock Philadelphia Triathlon
  • July/August – We are moving to Bruno’s new place of employment, still to be determined!
  • September – Lobster!

Since we have other goals in between, our training plans are only set until the Sprint tri (see Day’s and Bruno’s). In the meantime, we will of course be purchasing gear and trying to convince myself that I really do not need a third bike at this time.

Both images borrowed from The Lobsterman Triathlon Facebook page.