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My First Triathlon of the Year

Monday, June 03, 2013

For those of you that know me, you know that I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has been kicking my butt for the last 6 months or so. The medication is finally starting to level the playing field but I dont feel up to par and I was not planning on competing in triathlon this year.

I have two wonderfully supportive ladies that I officiate with. These gals said they wanted to do a triathlon relay with me someday. I asked and they agreed to do the Howling Coyote Sprint Triathlon as a relay with me. Neither of these ladies is a triathlete but they are both seriously athletic, competitive and general all around fantastic people.

Lydia Sierra ran for the relay. She is a new mother, her son is only a year old. She has been running to lose some weight. I got acquainted with Lydia when she asked me to be a volleyball coach in her program. She is a wonderful person, caring, thoughtful and a fierce competitor that watches, learns and wins. She ran 5 miles in the relay with dad and son cheering her on, in 34 minutes.

I did the bike. I had a great day and rode the 18 miles in 62 minutes. I was thrilled with the time. The ride is downhill out and uphill back. My time was in the top ten of all the rides and the 2nd fastest ride for females. I was pumped.

Dixine Moore had agreed to swim for us. No small feat since she had not swam in over two years. Silver City has been without a year round pool for three years now. Our outside pool is open for 3 months and just opened the first of May. Dixine swam the 400 meters in 11 minutes. It was a struggle but she did beautifully.

We all need to work on our times but on this day we successfully beat our competition and had a blast doing it. Our first place finish was over 9 minutes faster than second place. Dixine and I are 49 and 50. Lydia is 42. The second place team consisted of thirth year olds. We beat the third place team by over 20 minutes, a group of ladies from various locals in Texas. We beat one of the COED teams by 2 minutes as well. All in all it was a wonderful day with good friends and a day in which we made more friends.

From left: Dixine Moore, myself, Lydia Sierra.

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PMAY0313 7/18/2013 11:58AM

Great to see you are feeling a little better!

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LADYLIGHTS 6/6/2013 11:16AM

    I loved reading your blog. The three of you ladies are an inspiration. I am getting ready to do my second sprint triathlon (first this year) in about a week. I am nervous, but by reading the stories of other, I gain more confidence. Thank you for sharing and good luck with any future races.

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LAURELSPARK 6/4/2013 7:18AM

    Sounds like you had a great day. Congrats!

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FLAMENM 6/3/2013 4:50PM

    Great job by everyone.
Your bike time is awesome!

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HEYRED221 6/3/2013 4:09PM

    That is so awesome! Congratulations to all three of you - what great friends!!!

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LINDAKAY228 6/3/2013 9:56AM

    Awesome job to all of you!!! Glad you are starting to feel better. Hope you get completely back to your old self soon. It really does suck that we have no pool except for the pool at the gym which is really warm because of physical therapy and too warm for real swimming for training. And the public pool that is open so little. Just before the public pool opened, my grandson was dying to go swimming. So for his 13th birthday I took him and his cousins out to Box Canyon where we found a couple of swimming holes and he had a great time. It was either there or driving 2 hours to Elephant Butte or Caballo Lake. And on Memorial Day weekend! Really wish we had more alternatives here.

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FITWITHIN 6/3/2013 9:38AM

    You ladies did an awesome job on your triathlon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Plate

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My plate is full right now and not with food. I find myself sitting and pondering my next move. I was diagnosed with Hoshiemoto Hypothyroid Disease and started taking medicine for it. I felt a lot better and then had to quit taking the medicine so I could undergo an uptake test.

My life has been a roller coaster for the last month. I don't feel well, I am cranky, I have had to change my diet---gluten sensitivity as well--and I was told not to ride in the Tour of the Gila. I have a triathlon coming up and maybe I'll get to do it.

School is almost over and in the next three weeks I have a health conference, a seminar, grades, standardized testing, parents, students, wind.....etc. to deal with. Plus, my mom is not doing well, my kids are away at school, husband works out of town....and on and on and on!

The road ahead my not all be clear but there are some positive things happening as well. I have some great friends that are very supportive.

My exercise program is daily, consistent and paying off. I have lost several inches around my middle and my weight lifting is going superbly.

I got a new tattoo and summer is on the horizon. I am alive and I will get well. What more could a person ask for?

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Maybe a winning lottery ticket? I'll settle for a nap and a nice long bike ride.

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TRI_BABE 4/25/2013 10:43PM

    Sounds like you've got a lot going on. Hope that it all works out for you!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/25/2013 3:06PM

    emoticon I hope they figure things out soon how to get it under control.

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HEYRED221 4/18/2013 1:59PM

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    Oooch - hope you feel better once you can restart the thyroid meds. Your plate does seem to be overflowing. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/17/2013 6:19PM

    Hang in there. Hopefully once the test is over and the you can resume the medication you will feel better again. Because I have low thyroid, I know what it means to feel so tired you can't hardly move. I went through that before I got on medication. It's horrible. But you will get through this. You are a strong powerful woman and you will land on your feet. I'm sorry you can't ride in the Tour of the Gila and I hope you are recovered enough by your tri to be able to do it. And don't let the wind blow you away! It's really awful today!

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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Trees are blooming, life is renewed.

Life definitely goes on.
16 years ago yesterday, on my birthday, I bought a pup for my dad to replace the old dog he had lost. He loved "Ms. T" and she took great care of him for many years. My father became bed ridden and Ms. T rarely left his bedside. When I lost my father, it broke her heart and she has slowly gone down hill for the last five years. Yesterday, on my birthday, I had to put Ms. T down. She has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I am sure my dad is happier.

For those who might have never read the poem:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill and old, are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt, or maimed are made whole and strong again. Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together....but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers.

Suddenly...he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster, and faster.

You have been spotted.

When you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face. Your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
~Unknown~ but based on Norse Legend

"Dogs don't live as long as humans. Humans must learn to love unconditionally. Dogs are born knowning how to love unconditionally, and therefore need not stay as long."

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/5/2013 8:54AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. T (what a lovely name, by the way) and I firmly believe in the Rainbow Bridge. I hope to be reunited with my beloved Peaches, Brownie, Jo-Jo, Lucky and Skippy (even though the latter was a gerbil!) in good time.


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GOOZLEBEAR 4/4/2013 9:51PM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of such a special furbaby. I love the Rainbow Bridge poem and just know that all our babies are there waiting for us.

Sending you emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 4/4/2013 5:10PM

    Oh, my goodness... I'm so sorry for your loss, LILPAT. Our doggies are such cherished family members, and to have lost your sweet dad and then your beloved dog is such a terrible loss, especially around the time of your birthday...

I only hope that in time, the bittersweet quality your birthday may feel will give way to a day of so many cherished, warm, wonderful memories. Time is a great healer; may every day bring you more peace. emoticon

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JILLIEWILLIE1 4/4/2013 2:17PM

    I am so sorry you had such a sad event on your birthday. I hope all your favorite memories fill your heart with joy! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/4/2013 1:43PM

    I'm so sorry you had to put her down but understand they all have to go sometimes, so often before us. I agree that your dad will be happy and so will she, although I know its a loss for you. My lab is 10 1/2 years old, and the lifespan of labs is 10 to 13 years. She has slowed down so much the past couple of years and I know that it won't be long (whether soon or a year or two or three) before she is gone and that saddens me. But I have to believe that she will be waiting for me on the other side. I can't take her hiking anymore because it wears her out so much, and has for the past couple of years. I miss having her on the trail with me. Our dogs (or other pets) are so much a part of our family and I understand your loss.

And I'm so happy to see the leaves and green popping up around us now. If only the winds wouldn't blow so hard sometimes LOL. Belated happy birthday although I know there was sorrow in it too.

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DAZZEEDOO 4/4/2013 1:28PM

Pets are as much of our families as humans. I'm so sorry MS. T. has passed. Like you, when I lose a pet, I believe they move onto family members who have passed that I know will love them, regardless of whether that family member knew that specific pet while living. A being, animal or human, that creates that much love and happiness certainly gets to "move on" after fulfilling their earthly lives.
Peace to You,

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Birthday Ink

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My birthday is quickly approaching. I keep trying to ignore that fact but the inevitable will happen. My husband got an appointment with my tattoo artist and here is my new ink. It is done by the same artist that did a lizard playing golf on my left calf.
A very talented artist who said he has never put a lizard on a bike. Now he has!

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LINDAKAY228 3/28/2013 3:15PM

    Oh that looks so cool!

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FLAMENM 3/27/2013 10:01PM

    Awesome lizard. Everyone should have a bike!

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ARNETTELEE 3/27/2013 3:54PM

  Great tattoo. My brother's a tattoo artist...but I don't have any. My daughters have done it, but not my son.

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The Game Has Changed

Thursday, February 21, 2013

When I first joined Spark People, I was in the middle of losing weight, learning how to swim and how to become a triathlete while balancing a job, kids, and elderly parents. Several thing have changed. My kids are now in college, my father passed away, my mother is in an institution with Alzheimer's, I can swim, I am a triathlete, I have lost weight, I am regaining weight, I was diagnosed three days ago with Hoshimoto Thyroiditis and gluten sensitivity...and I have screeched to a halt to re-evaluate.

Recently I have found my bike sitting more and more. I want desperately to go riding and although the weather has offered a few perfect days, I have found myself making excuses. I thought it was because I have recently completed five century rides this last year and I just needed a break.

I started hiking every other weekend with my best cycling buddy, Maggie and we started taking my dog Cisco with us. He loves hiking, in fact he has found his true niche in hiking and absolutely adores it. I have found a reason to fore go the last couple of opportunities. Maggie was busy and I was......

My diet..well I stick pretty close to my "diet" because I have cholesterol issues and take Lipitor for it. I hate Lipitor, although my body loves it and responds to it well (my cholesterol is currently 100), I hate taking it because it makes my muscles hurt. I am always sore and stiff. Of course I also have had both knees rebuilt and any time the weather changes, I feel it. Lately, I have been either totally not hungry or starving to death and there has been nothing in between. I have not lost much weight in a year and decided it was because I have not really focused on my diet?

Unlike Spanky, lately I have not truly needed a haircut. A couple of years ago I had shoulder length hair. Now it is short and I thought and people agreed that because I was always swimming, my hair became brittle from the chlorine. Sounded plausible, but Silver does not have a year round pool and I only get to swim in the summer. How come it took me so long to wonder about my hair? I can add brittle nails and super dry skin to the hair issue..always thought water was hard on the hands as well.

Lately, I have found myself laying around more often. I was patting myself on the back and congratulating myself for listening to my body. I thought I had finally conquered the "listen to what your body is telling you" part of endurance sports. I might still be having trouble with this after all.

The last couple or rides I have done I found myself struggling to stay with the group. In fact, I was struggling just to finish the ride. Luckily I had a doctors appointment to get the old cholesterol checked. When I met with the doctor and was told my cholesterol was fine, I found my voice and began voicing some concerns. Once the flood gate opened, I found myself listing off numerous symptoms, crying, and conveying an intense sense of frustration. I told the doctor that I was doing crossfit with my cycling buddies. We had worked twice a week for over a month and all the ladies were excited to be toning up and losing weight. Losing weight? I have gained five pounds. In fact I had gotten down to 140 pounds two years ago and I have slowly but surely gained it back and then some.

So, I was sent to the lab for a blood test. Three days ago, my lovely doctor called to let me know that I have Hoshimoto Thyroiditis and gluten sensitivity. I admit that for a while, my world collapsed. It is rebuilding itself currently and although I hate to admit it, the diagnosis answers many of the "things" or symptoms I have endured the last 4 years or so. My doctor checked my thyroid before numerous times and nothing ever showed up.
So now I am reading. I am working on developing a gluten free diet that is compatible with the requirements of a Hoshimoto diet. Did you know that veggies are good for you but that cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens should only be eaten if cooked if you have Hoshimoto? I am learning! Yup, the game has changed. I know the symptoms of my disease now..lethargy, lack of energy, dry hair, nails, and skin, skin rashes, not sleeping, NOT losing weight, forgetfulness (not a pleasant thing when Alzheimer's runs in the family) etc. The game is changing and I am not depressed. I am determined to take the right medications and alter my lifestyle so that I can set as many rules of the game as I possibly can. I know my Spark buddies and this website will help me!

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IMSMILEY88 3/3/2013 6:34PM

    Wow! That's a lot to handle. I'm glad you are taking the time to learn all about it and figure out what you can/cannot do. My sil has gluten intolerance and has been totally gluten free for a couple of years. She is so happy to have her health back, though. I know it is tough for her at times, but worth it! (She'd get debilitating migraines.)

Anyway, my prayers are with you and I hope you start seeing new energy, new hair, etc! emoticon

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FLAMENM 2/23/2013 10:42PM

    It took a decade for my low thyroid levels to show up. It is a challenge, but one that you can conquer.

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FISHINGLADY66 2/22/2013 8:05PM

    So Sorry I'm late reading your blog Pat. I ended up in the Hospital with Pneumonia and my Asthma and high blood pressure. I too have put my healthy life on hold. Together emoticon and get back on track. Best wishes to you dear friend.

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HEYRED221 2/22/2013 11:55AM

    You have done so well and I know you will get past this hurdle as well. Don't beat yourself up over what you haven't done, etc, be proud of everything you have done. Its just another life change but I think you will be ok. You are definitely in better health which hopefully will make things a bit easier. Take care my friend!



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LINDAKAY228 2/22/2013 10:18AM

    I'm glad you got a diagnosis and a plan to treat it. So glad you opened up to the doctor. I have low thyroid, and was diagnosed with it about 3 1/2 years ago after previous tests had shown nothing. But the fatigue and a lot of other symptoms were there. So now I take medication and it helps. It's hard to admit that there might be something wrong sometimes, and just keep trying to overcome it. But now with treatment you will hopefully get back to the person you want to be but not able to because of the symptoms interfering. Good luck to you as you learn to adapt, and hopefully soon you'll be back to biking like you want to.

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BILL60 2/22/2013 8:33AM

    You hang tough and get back into the game soon.

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BEYOURBEST1 2/22/2013 7:46AM

    I wish you all the best as you take on this difficult challenge.
It's hard but I know you can do it.

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DAZZEEDOO 2/21/2013 8:08PM

    Low thyroid can also cause your muscles hurt, hopefully you'll start to feel better soon.

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AURORAMILLET 2/21/2013 6:58PM

    Take one day at a time. Do your best.


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