Monday, March 16, 2009

Training Week 1 - a bit of a detour...

My aggressive weight training over the past couple of weeks caught up on me and I was helplessly in pain and foggy Friday - Sunday. That put a damper on my half ironman training schedule, but I suppose that's just part of the entire training experience...

Friday morning, I upped my weights and lowered reps per workout schedule. It was tough but I managed to get through it. However, the rest of the day at work I was foggy as heck. I asked weight training friends who don't have FM and they said they would feel out of it after a heavy session as well, so I was somewhat relieved.

Saturday morning I got up with a lot of pain. Sore, yes, pain, double yes. I took it easy that morning and ran some errands to get my body moving. Afternoon yoga - even that was a painful session and I barely finished a short 45 minute routine. I was planning on going hiking afterwards but I just didn't have the strength to do more.

Sunday morning I forced myself to do a 40 minute run before going to church. Basically, I came home feeling like I got hit by a car instead of my usual exhiliarating *i'm glad i went running * feeling. I didn't make it to church, I passed out for a couple of hours after a tough shower. Taking a shower never felt so painful! So ironic!

So the rest of Sunday was just a tough fight to stay awake and moving even in the smallest scale. That fog since Friday stayed on strong, and man, I had zero energy, no matter what I took (vitamin Bs, Flexessentials, Vitamin Cs, you name it). Frustrating as heck, but there was nothing I could do but wait. I spent some time adjusting my training schedule, moving things around, etc... thinking about how realistically can i complete all the items that were currently in my training schedule. But I also knew that in a couple of days I am going to feel ok and would be able to do a couple of great training sessions and feel like a champion again. I mean, I am a veteran at this point when it comes to training, then hurting, then training again. I shouldn't even be surprised, but I have to say going through it sucks every time and it doesn't get any easier.

Alright people, the fog has cleared a bit now and I'm feeling slightly better. I'm going to take it easy today and see what I can do tomorrow when I wake up. I can't plan anything right now, and sometimes you gotta let opportunities present themselves before you. I'm not going to freak out right now!

God bless,


jodi said...

Thank you for your helpful response. I am glad to see you are better and got a good swim under your belt. I feel better when I read that you got better. I do have a questions for you. I read what you posted on diet and I had already dropped sugar and coffee and wine. Do you know if coffee or wine causes pain or just messes with your sleep? The weird thing is, I sleep like a dog. I could really use a glass of wine but I am afraid of what it could do to me. Basically, I am afraid of everything right now. I seem to be in pain daily. I don't know if it's the stress of what I'm learning or If I'm paying too much attention, both of which are likely caused by the news of this diagnosis. It seems to be all I think about right now.

I've been upping my walks to almost 4 miles but today I am pooped and in a lot of pain. I'm trying to learn how much to do on the bad days - do I rest or warm-up my body? Do I force a walk of stretch and rest? I tried the yawn stretch that you mentioned and that helped.

My biggest question to you is: do you feel any pain on your good days? You seem to be doing so much and refer to flar-ups. I'm just curious how good you feel on a goood day.

Sorry to leave such a long comment.

Have a great day today. I'm so grateful to read about the amazing work you are doing.

jodi said...

Hi Minnie
Me again (sorry, I'm starting to feel a bit stalker-ish :.). I apologize for leaving some of those questions which I now see are answered in your posts from 2008 (I had only read 2009 and 2007). Your information is sooo helpful. I am going to try some of the supplements you mentioned. I went to a chiropractor today. She was really helpful and optimistic. Tomorrow I meet with a yoga instructor tp get some moves down. I've been feeling very alone with this horrible condition. I can't tell you how much your blog is helping. THank you for writing it.