Thursday, April 19, 2012

three things thursday

1. I was sneezing a lot on Sunday.  Monday I was sneezing more and my sinuses seemed to be full of tree pollen.  April is always the worst month of the year for me, allergy-wise.  Last year I got the needle test done by my allergist and the spots where they tested for tree pollen swelled up so much that I had to get a shot because my arm was the size of my thigh, and then I had disgusting scabs for about two weeks.  So I just figured that it was a really bad couple of days.  Tuesday morning I swam, which always makes me feel better because it cleans the yellow powder out of all my crevices and tissues when I inevitably snort water on a flip-turn, but when I got out of the water I actually felt worse.  In the late afternoon, I got dressed for my ride and sat down on the couch...only to wake up an hour later with my ears ringing and my sinuses throbbing.  So, I'm sick.  I went to the doctor yesterday who very annoyingly didn't examine me before sending me away with nothing but a lecture on taking better care of my body (seriously?).  This morning I'm starting to feel on the upswing and don't have any killer workouts on the schedule today so I'm going to give them a whirl.  I'm trying, with not a lot of success, not to stress about the workouts that I missed especially since my long ride for the week was in there.  A lesson that I've struggled with learning is that you can't make-up missed workouts - some call it the "there's no extra credit in IM training" rule - but I'm hoping that maybe rather than making it up, my schedule can get adjusted a bit to include at least a longer ride this weekend when I'm feeling 100% again.  Or maybe I'll just have to grit my teeth and move forward and learn my stupid lesson.


2. I still don't have a job, but I have to say thank you.  Thank you to everyone who has sent me emails and texts and calls and words of support.  I never wanted to be reminded in this way of how much love there is in my life, but it's been amazing and pouring in my direction and I have to offer up a big thank you to everyone who has sent it my way.  I'm still, a week later, working through all the links and positions and emails that have come my way and am constantly overwhelmed (in a good way) by how much is out there.  I will say that the poet and I have been talking about making some big life changes - you may remember me being a secretive wench about it a few months ago - and this might be a sign from the universe that it's time to head in that direction.  As of right now, we haven't made any major life decisions, but we are laying it all out on the table and trying to think of this whole mess as an opportunity rather than the sucker punch that it feels like.


3. I'm going to have to buy this race picture.  I don't even really remember the photographer but I think he was in a clump of people with ridiculous signs.
I actually don't remember seeing a photographer anywhere on the course, which means that I had no opportunity to make scary faces and show off my guns.  Sad.

23 comments:

  1. Hope you feel all better soon Katie! missed you in the pool this am. You are going to love mt vernon...the place is so retro it makes me laugh. it is my new pool crush :)

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  2. Aghhhh are you moving away from DC?!?

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  3. DO NOT MOVE. I forbid it.

    Also, no guns pics? Sad, indeed.

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  4. That's a great picture! And I hope you feel better soon.

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  5. Get better! The pollen is crazy this week!
    I hope you find a job or are able to make your major life change. It's definitely good to look at it as an opportunity instead of a sucker punch. I wish there was something I could do but I've got nothing. If you need a running partner during the day in DC, let me know. I can run a few miles with you.
    That race photo is awesome.

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  6. Keep your head in the game. You'll get another job lined up before you know it.

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  7. Time to start a "Ridiculously Photogenic Cyclist" Meme???

    I'll go first: http://twitpic.com/9bo072

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  8. Sometimes I tell myself that getting better from being sick is a workout in itself, like my body needs it in orde to get to the end goal. I listen to myself on that about 1/2 the time.

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  9. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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  10. That race photo is all "WHEEEEEEEEEE!" And also, I support any race photography company that calls itself Tricycle Studios. Hope you feel better soon!

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  11. sorry you got a cold sister. it's more than likely b/c of the additional stress. at least it always is for me.

    hope you find a jobby job where your heart desires. hang in there.

    LOVE the photo.

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  12. That might be the best race photo I've ever seen ~ nice work!
    Also, I love your bike shoes...

    Oh, and re: the "there's no extra credit in IM training" rule. That is brilliant. I can't believe I've never heard it before.

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  13. That might be the best frontal shot of you I've ever seen. Also, move to the west coast, please and thank you. It's so damn hard to stalk you from 5,000 miles away.

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  14. I love that race photo! And I hope you feel better soon.

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  15. Don't let those options sit on the table too long - -and over-analyzing often squash plans & aspirations, blocking them with "logical thinking". The latter is completely overrated. ;)

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  16. Heather @ Dietitian on the RunApril 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Over-thinking and...*

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  17. Sorry I haven't had a chance to comment lately, our work switched up our systems and now I can only read blogs in my reader, no commenting. First things first, my fingers have been crossed and will stay that way until you find something! Second, that pic is amazing. You MUST get it! :) Even better than an ass shot!

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  18. The photo is just incredible. I'd blow it up to poster-size and put it close to where you keep your trainer. Caption: "Wheeee!"

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  19. It's no ass, but it's a great photo! Definitely buy it.

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  20. Definitely take this time to sort out what you WANT to do and not what you NEED to do. As I told you I have never been happier with what I ended up doing after getting laid off. It has been a huge blessing in disguise. And of course my offer still stands.

    I have had to miss certain long rides and just worked with my Coach to adjust the week. You can't make it up but you can certainly re-schedule.

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  21. This photo exudes JOY in that great big smile!

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