Thursday, March 22, 2012

three things thursday

1. My calf behaved better than I expected last weekend at the half - I didn't even notice it during the race.  Afterwards, once I got blood moving again and then sat down for a while, it stiffened up and felt really sore in the area of the tear.  I knew it was possible that running would open up the tear again, so I wasn't too worried.  I don't like taking advil/ibuproufen after a race, so I spent the first couple of days alternating ice baths and epsom salt baths, doing some light stretching, and just in general trying to treat my legs with sparkly kid gloves.  Once I got through my post-race Oreo-and-BBQ-quesidilla bender, I hopped right back on the recovery food train, and I've been sleeping 9-10 hours every night.  So there's some serious healing going on over here.  I saw my "doesn't hurt me" PT on Tuesday morning, and she said that there's a lot of scar tissue and inflammation and adhesions just floating around in the calf right now.  She dug around in there for a while, and I've done two pretty painful at-home sessions and go back this afternoon for another round.  As of this morning, it's still pretty sore and swollen, but I feel like I'm on the fast-track to complete recovery.  My body just needs to flush all the crap out of there so the muscle can rebuild.  And to be quite honest, this is probably the least post-race-carnage I've ever had, so I'll take it.  I managed to crank out an extremely-creaky-and-fragile 40 minutes this morning and it felt worse than the race itself, so I know I'm on the right track.


2. I'm starting to get excited about triathlon season, but I'm also feeling the push of an early-season A race.  I'd like to bang out some sprints and maybe even an olympic to shake out some of the cobwebs, but I feel like there's just not time for that before Coeur d'Alene.  I know that I will have the entire rest of the summer to jump in smaller races, but that interferes with my sit-on-the-couch-and-drink plans for the month of July.  One of the many reasons why I chose IMCDA was because I didn't want to be doing peak training in July, but now I'm seeing the flip side of that decision.  Time is just starting to feel....short.  


3. Our house is extremely weird.  On the top level, there are two small bedrooms that have angled ceilings because of the roof and no closets plus a small bathroom (shower but no bath).  On the main floor, there is a full bathroom and a bedroom with a half-closet (think linen closet).  In the basement, there is a bedroom with the only full-size closet in the house plus the full bathroom that we redid last summer.  Since I moved in, I've lived in the bedroom on the main floor.  It has wood floors and big windows and the full bathroom is the largest and has the most storage out of the three.  I don't like living on the main floor but the no-closet and angled-ceiling situation made me not want to live upstairs.  Also, the air-conditioning does not work quite as well on the top floor during the summer, to the point that I bought window units two summers ago because of how unbearable it was (we used to rent out these two rooms).  The air-conditioning works moderately well on the main floor and like a champ in the basement.  So here's the dilemma.  The poet thinks we should move our bedroom to the basement to take advantage of the air-conditioning situation (we both like to be really cold when we sleep, plus it would save money because we end up blasting it all night in the summer just to get some sleep) and the full-closet situation, but I think it's even more weird to live in the basement of my house than I do to live on the main floor.  Also, there are spiders in basements. Thoughts?  Tell me about your weird houses and what you would do, please.  


Happy Thursday, friends!

24 comments:

  1. We've been trying out the bedrooms in our house - does that sound weird? We started on the top, which I love, but in the summer even with awesome blackout blinds it is TOO LIGHT. And in the winter, TOO COLD. Then we moved down a floor, and redid the bathroom, so we have a bath/shower and a bedroom and lots of closet space. But no floor space. So we are about to migrate to the other bedroom. This has space galour on the floor, but no bath. Will I miss my bath? Will I miss the coziness? I say be a bedroom tourist, and try out the basement. It may be the perfect "nest" :-)

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  2. Spiders are something not to be taken lightly!!! :) But I like your basement and you'd have a lot more space. Although laundry would need to be hauled upstairs.

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  3. We have three bedrooms (with minuscule closets) upstairs. All of the rooms are about the same size (the plus to that is S' room is actually big enough for him, the negative is that our bedroom is only big enough for a queen sized bed. Upstairs we have ONE full bathroom. In the basement, we have a gorgeous, completely renovated bathroom with a shower.

    Beer Geek wants to move our room to the basement and turn that into a "master suite" so that we don't have to share a bathroom with the boys. I can't do it. Not sure why, but sleeping in the basement just wigs me out. So, I totally get your dilemma.

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    1. put that on a sticky note and smoke it.

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  5. i agree with donna - try the basement! it might be heaven in your house. i lived in the basement of a house when i was in college and in the summer it was the best place to be. and yeah, there were spiders. but it was SO HOT upstairs that i wanted to melt as soon as i got up there. so i learned to love the basement.

    i like hearing about your recovery post-race even though i know it can't be fun. with all the nonsense i go through with my own legs (and i don't even run that far) it's nice to know that i'm not alone in it. even though you run a lot more than me.

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  6. Do you have any hopper windows in your basement? I actaully rented a basement apt. once and it was always so damn dark and dreary. You can only abide so much artificial light.
    Besides, would you be moving your trainer setup to the upper floors then?
    And spiders- whoa. Major arachnaphobia here so those are a HUGE concern.
    Other than those issues, you can consider that you would only be there for sleeping or "other" activities, so maybe none of them would be bothersome.
    Except the spiders.

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    1. I actually prefer to be in the pitch dark when I'm sleeping! but we do have some of those teeny windows. trainer would stay put by the back door though!

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  7. Um excuse me. Just where am I supposed to ride my trainer of you move downstairs?? Clearly, you need to think this through.

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  8. My house has 2 smallish bedrooms and a master bedroom upstairs. We are in the master. My basement is finished but it's only one open room. We spend most of our time down there but I totally get what you are saying with the spiders! I've seen one or two on the top two floors of my house but the basement attracts way more. Spider season just started up here and I am already not amused. Good thing I purchased a deal for an exterminator! Now I just wait until I can't stand dealing with it on my own.

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  9. Definitely the basement. And don't forget, spiders are good - they eat many kinds of bad insects, and they're not looking to make a meal out of you.

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  10. Our largest bathroom is in the basement but ironically there are no bedrooms down there.

    I say go with the basement and just make sure to sleep with your mouth closed.

    Now if you want to talk about odd shaped rooms, you should see our kitchen. 3 doorways on the 4 walls with windows on the 4th. Really makes trying to revamp it a challenge.

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    1. my kitchen doesn't even have 4 walls! 2 walls and 2 doorways....ish.

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  11. My house (not at school) has the weirdest ceilings too. My room ceiling angles down so much that I often hit my head or whatnot.

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  12. I'm soooo excited for triathlon season I just signed up for my first sprint of the season!!! The fact that spring is in the air is probably adding to that! Hope the calf keeps behaving!

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  13. Don't underestimate being appropriately chilled mid-summer. It might be fun to set up shop in new digs too. Plus storage? Go for it!
    I do have two teeny back porches about six feet from each other. Neither is big enough to utilize and both are about three feet off the ground. (pier and beam foundation) So that's no fun. Redundant and pointless.

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  14. I agree that having Ironman CdA so early is seeming a little too soonish but I think it's better than training our brains out while everyone else is vacationing and having fun! Just sayin'. Plus the weather is really hot in the summer and who wants to ride 100 miles in the heat?! :)

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  15. I'm guessing that you would feel like time was short at this point before an Ironman regardless of what time of year it was. And when you are sitting on the couch drinking in July you will not wish that you were out training.

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  16. More privacy in the basement. Less outside noise. Cooler. I think it's appealing.

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  17. I am feeling the pressure too with an A race on June 3. I finally decided to do an olympic in mid-may in NJ.

    As for weird house issue, I get the AC thing but does your basement have windows? Just making sure safety-wise it is good. Personally, as soon as you said spiders - I think no basement, but I have a fear of them...

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  18. BASEMENT ALL THE WAY!!!
    Clean it up and call it HOME for the summer :)

    sending healing vibes to your muscles

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  19. Your IM will be here before you know it! And don't move in with the spiders!

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  20. Move to the basement. Spiders have legs and crawl to all floors anyway.

    I always questioned doing 70.3 Cali so early last year but then figured out that I could also do a late 70.3 as well and thus I try to set my schedule up with early spring and late fall races. I know I am training during the summer anyway so I might as well have a carrot at the end of that training.

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