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Monday, July 21, 2014

They tell folks when they go to meet with medical people to take someone along. This is so wise and important, and SOME of us are so stubborn as to think we can go it alone (cough... me... cough).

Watching my sister's teacher friend and how organized she is in being those "extra ears" has taught me much. I serve this way as a back-up, but gee, some people just have a knack, you know what I mean?

Every doctor seen, name written down. Every drug dose, time administered, recorded. Every bathroom visit, walk down the hall, meal or even drink of water, etc. Why? Because in a medical setting, any/all of these could be important. Yes, the hospital records most of this, but they might not be in the room for some things.

For example: questions the patient has mentioned wanting to ask can be written down and gone over with the staff later. Why? Because of drugs and distractions that might cause the questions to be missing from the mind when the medical folks show up in the room.

Later, at home, when the questions arise, there is a record. In case you need to follow up with a phone call, you have the names as recorded by yourself. Many people easily accept this need when it comes to medical matters.

Many of us here on Spark also accept our own need to track nutrition and exercise carefully to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight range. Good record keeping, and touching base with others who have been listening can truly help us stay on track in self-care, whether it is healthy lifestyle of "normal" or in the more challenging setting of dealing with illness/injury.

To those who model good habits, THANK YOU ALL!

LIFE is good! It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits who have paths with touching points encourage one another along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support ongoing health, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 7/21/2014 11:40PM

    I always have a complete medical record dating back to when I was a child to take to each new Dr. I see. Its simply too much writing to fill out all their forms with medications and history. I actually started tracking when I was a teenager. Later I learned to make sure I kept track of test dates as well. I had no idea they could track down my record of surgery when I was nine years old as well as X-Rays!! This was before electronics! Having someone along on an appointment is good, but writing down all questions and concerns is critical if you have no one. The idea of tracking things in hospital is a good one too. I have no problem with that because I know what things are important to my care, and also what they are watching out for.
Here is to being your own best advocate in health and wellness!

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TRUE-NESS 7/21/2014 11:00PM

    Definitely. Doctors sometimes speak so quickly and are on to the next patient. Most of the good ones in my HMO (Kaiser) will include all necessary information and instructions in the after visit summary. Sometimes you have to say, "can you include that in the AVS" if you know you'll forget. That's what I do.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/21/2014 7:34PM

    You said it!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2014 1:14PM

    Very good idea. Hubby and I don't always do that for each other and we would benefit if we did. Thanks for this good blog and thanks to those role models who teach us good things!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/21/2014 1:11PM

    Couldn't agree MORE. My widowed 80-year-old mother is undergoing chemo for lung cancer (she's never smoked) but refuses to let anyone go to the doctor with her. She's on information overload but won't let anyone help. I'm going to share your blog with her so maybe she'll change her mind.

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DALID414 7/21/2014 12:49PM

    I was chatting with sis about possibly getting myself a medical bracelet, with my new found allergy to penicillin! Her and moms are on prescription meds, I have photos of all labels and know the reasons for taking each. It would be SO much easier if moms realized she could stop taking them if she lost weight! (Sis has no gallbladder so she can't rid herself of hers.)

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WORDLILY 7/21/2014 10:32AM

    Yep, even at a regular doctor's visit I've often experienced the questions fleeing my brain. Or if I'd written down the answers, maybe the followup questions would have presented themselves while I was still there, instead of after I'd left!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 9:50AM

    For sure, I always have things written down, always! That10 minutes per patient allotted for the Dr. to care for you (insert a bit of sarcasm here) means you have to be PREPARED!

I always bring my meds. Don't want to skip anything if there could be an interaction. Supplements? Those too.

I once brought an article to my thyroid Dr. and he said, and I quote, "Mrs. L., you read too much!" What????????????????? Well, hmmmm . . . found that door and a new Dr.

Great blog, great reminders.

HUGS

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MSLZZY 7/21/2014 9:38AM

    Writing it down makes it real and can come in handy so many times. Don't depend on your memory for everything!

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KANOE10 7/21/2014 8:43AM

    I am hoping your sister is doing better and glad that your other sister is there as well. I totally agree from experience the need for an extra pair of ears in dealing with doctors and also with the value of tracking medical information. Hang in there. Keeping your family in my prayers.

The analogy works the same with maintenance. Tracking nutrition and fitness are great tools. But having the support at Spark helps immensely as well. I am appreciative of the insightful comments that people here offer.

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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2014 8:11AM

    Thank you Barb. I agree that sometimes when one is in the "rush" of the doctor/staff giving the information, some of it may get lost in the shuffle, or mis-remembered.

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GOLFGMA 7/21/2014 7:42AM

    When Dad had Cancer my Sister took a recorder along and recorded all our questions and the answers and suggestions the Dr. said and he was OK with this and it helped us with Dad's care.

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2014 7:01AM

    Excellent idea, to record all that info in a hospital: you just never know when it will be relevant and useful. Plus emotion inevitably clouds our recollections when the patient is a close relative.

Another suggestion I read recently for persons in hospital; having a "help yourself" dish of wrapped candy (!!!! I know, I know) for hospital personnel markedly increases the quality of attention and the number of visits the patient receives. It's "read" as a token of appreciation for kindly care, apparently: plus so many hospital personnel are rushed off their feet and lack the opportunity to get regular meals and are actually hungry . . .

All best.

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DDOORN 7/21/2014 6:56AM

    Just as in SP tracking, medical tracking can be a challenge, but the rewards keep on rolling in! :-)

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GABY1948 7/21/2014 6:28AM

    Outstanding blog, Barb! I, for one, find that ***I don't remember EVERYTHING anymore*** without writing it down, even the smallest thing.

Thank you so much for passing all of this along!

Praying for sis will not stop! I do remember to pray!

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LEANJEAN6 7/21/2014 6:05AM

    so true--- One gets into Panic Mode--at a Dr's office--a friend beside you would help!--Lynda

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WDIPIM 7/21/2014 5:51AM

  Amen - some of us are on borrowed time. God is good. God Bless

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Full life... and it is good.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sophia took me on a lovely long ride this morning. We took to the biking trails in town, out to the cemetary where mom & dad are buried, then up the hill to the school, back down through the parks to the trail home.

I had on the clip shoes but mostly was clipped on one side, only clipped the left side toward the end of the ride, as that's the side that cramped yesterday and I was being cautious.

Got home just fine, but almost as soon as I did, my cell phone rang. I fumbled a bit because I still had the headset active after the ride, but when I got there it was my non-sparking sister's friend. They were at the hospital, same trouble sis has had a couple times before in the past year; a gift from a surgery 30 odd years back. The friend has done yeoman's work in helping my sis... through two such hospital trips before. But this time she had a commitment to go to an event with her daughter. Could I come "spell" her and sit with sis and be the extra set of ears?

You bet I could. Showered, threw a few things (including the tablet) in a bag and got myself into the parking garage at the Hospital just as ALICIA363 pulled into the spot right next to me. We walked up to the room together.

Sis has not had a lot of sleep, and they did a bunch of tests overnight. This "watch" is waiting for the doctor to come around and all that. Everything is being well managed, and while we've been here, they got her up and walking for about 15 minutes in the halls near her room. But still no doctor. Might be she doesn't get seen until evening rounds. Just now she is resting, maybe not fully asleep, but resting as well as one can expect in a hospital setting. Ace has gone home to check on her daughter, now back from her Summer camp.

Everybody has full lives. This is our family challenge of the moment. What did I forget to pack in that bag? The phone's recharger. A few moments ago I dashed home to get it, while Ace could still be here. The phone is now cozy and plugged in, as it is my phone folks have been texting and calling for updates... it had dropped down to 13% power! How dependent we have become on our technology!

LIFE is still good. And always will be. It is better when one is fit. This non-sparking sister has always been good about doing what she can for her health, so she's in pretty good shape to weather this, too. Life is at its best when love surrounds us, and kindred spirits have journeys that touch in spots.

Hug your own loved ones, dear Spark friends! And take care of yourselves, as YOU are worth it. emoticon Namaste.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2014 1:19PM

    So sorry your sis has this challenge; good you could be there for her. And you even got the charger for the phone so you can keep everyone informed. Good for you!! I also understand now where today's blog came from. Yes, you're doing great thing for your sis. Take care. Glad you got your ride in. Take time for you, too. -Marsha

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MSLZZY 7/21/2014 9:40AM

    Hoping all goes well and this is just a minor hiccup. You are so compassionate to help out and pay attention to all those fine details and give the caregiver a break. HUGS!

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KANOE10 7/21/2014 8:54AM

    I am sorry about your sister and hope the doctor is helping her. Take care of yourself. I went through a similar episode with my mom. It was very helpful to have family around for support. Now I understand your last blog on medical tracking. Hugs and warm thoughts to you and your family.

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KPETSCHE 7/20/2014 11:51PM

    Good and healing wishes coming your family's way, Barb. Stay positive!
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SPINNINGJW 7/20/2014 11:32PM

    And where was this sister?? 8 hours away picking up my daughter, as her dad's grandmother (her great-grandmother) passed away and she had no way to get back for the services, which will be held on Tuesday.

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ANDI571 7/20/2014 10:16PM

    Thanks for posting this. I have been having one major pity party for myself lately. Even though I know deep down, my life is so good, sometimes it is a reminder when we see things in black and white, that life happens and it is what we do with it that makes a difference in how we think.

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MIRAGE727 7/20/2014 9:52PM

    You've got your priorities down, Barb!
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MJREIMERS 7/20/2014 9:52PM

    Positive energy, healing karma and prayers are coming!

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DEBRITA01 7/20/2014 9:40PM

    One never knows what a day will bring...Sending healing prayers for your sis. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 7/20/2014 9:35PM

    hope things go well for your sister, and good that you had your bike ride with sophia first.

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/20/2014 8:55PM

    Sending good wishes for your sister and your family! And glad you were able to get a long ride in, awesome!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/20/2014 8:51PM

    Never a dull moment. I know the feeling!
Good thoughts to you sister and you my Sparky friends!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/20/2014 8:38PM

    All good thoughts for your sister!

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PHOENIX1949 7/20/2014 8:23PM

    Hope all goes well for your sister.

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DLDMIL 7/20/2014 6:56PM

    hugs and prayers for everyone.

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DDOORN 7/20/2014 6:33PM

    Who could ask for a better day? Sounds wonderful! :-)

Don

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GABY1948 7/20/2014 6:15PM

    So sorry your sis is going through this. Praying for here healing whatever it is.

You have such a good attitude and you are so blessed to have all your family relatively close at had for such.

Have a GREAT week, Barb!

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2014 6:01PM

    Oh dear oh dear: as you say, life turns on a dime. So glad your ACE sister is standing by with you . . . always worrisome and upsetting.

Glad at least you got your Sophia time in first!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/20/2014 5:42PM

    Don't know your family history, but ((hugs)). Life can change on a dime.

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Well... I'm glad this was a C event

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First off, it was a beautiful morning, albeit a bit chilly for the swimmers (59 F in the air, water was GREAT, though).



You can see how pretty it was in this shot, too, don't know if you can spot the actually swimmers, but the 1500 Meter race was in progress.



ALICIA363 showed up while the 1500 was finishing up, and the next two photos are courtesy of her phone camera, as I tucked mine away while I prepared to swim the 750 Meter race.

It did not go as I hoped. Some things went well: I was sighting well, and keeping a good line. Some things were more challenging than in Wisconsin... more current, wind, wave push in this morning's swim than in Wisconsin... and you can see how smooth it LOOKs, just goes to show. Then again, it may just be my memory.

As I rounded the final buoy, I felt things were going well... the race was feeling shorter (it's only half the distance of what I did last month as part of the Oly tri). But very soon after that thought, in the final leg of the race, my left calf cramped up... rather badly. I found myself 1) slowing, almost to a stop, 2) changing strokes to change the kick to try to work it out... was asked by the kayaker if I needed to take a rest with a hand on the watercraft. I declined, choosing to work it out. It passed enough to continue, and I did, only to have it flare up again a little farther along. Flipped over on my back for a bit, almost immediately deciding to breast stroke instead, again for a while. Finished under my own steam, but with a time even slower than last year.

Here's me being shadowed by that kayak:


Limped out of the water at the finish, wrapped up immediately as it was cold once I was back in the air again! And once again, competition being what it is in the "over 60 female" crowd... despite the cramp and the slow time, I walked off with the little trinket for first place. Medals are prettier this year... 30th anniversary games!



Now I'm home, showered, the algae covered suit is in the washing machine, and I'm still treating that calf with care. We shall see how it feels after lunch and decide: yard work (which really needs doing)... or a bit of a ride on Sophia? To gently use that calf and see if a slightly different motion might help it?

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when kindred spirits touch along their independent journeys to healthier lifestyles. Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices that support those lifestyles... I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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CAROLCRC 7/21/2014 8:08AM

    I love your last paragraph! Especially... Life is good. It's better when I'm fit.

Wow does that ever sum it up!

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MJREIMERS 7/20/2014 2:31PM

    Way to stick with it! You are stubborn, like me. I guess that's why we get along so well!

Challenges come up, but the true meaning of competition (even with one's self) is pushing through it! You did that and have some nice bling to show off for the effort!

Nicely done friend!

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BOILHAM 7/20/2014 1:47PM

    Glad it worked out for you, and good for the kayak guy for watching you. I've been in deep open water swims and had calve cramps, not fun, and a bit scary. So far, I've always been able to work them out. Congrats on the swim and the award!

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KLMEIRING 7/20/2014 11:49AM

    I saw your update on your status today & I was wondering who Sophia was.... then I looked at your Spark Page and there she was. What a beautiful bike!

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KANOE10 7/20/2014 10:00AM

    Sorry about that cramp. You deserve that lovely medal for finishing the race despite having a cramp. emoticon That water sounds cold to me!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/20/2014 9:01AM

    Pretty bling. Great work. the important points were - you were OUT THERE and YOU FINISHED. Far too many people start saying "I'm too old."

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/20/2014 7:09AM

    You faced what is my ultimate fear and triumphed. Imagine how great you'll do without a cramp. As I've said many times before, you are amazing.

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PMRUNNER 7/20/2014 6:56AM

    Cramping while swimming in open water is no fun! Glad you had a kayak ready to assist but we're able finish on your own. Great job, keep it up!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/20/2014 6:47AM

    Great, and nice to have some action shots too!

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SWEDE_SU 7/20/2014 1:56AM

    sorry to hear about the cramp, but doing something like this at our age is reason for a medal in itself! you are an inspiration as always!

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KPETSCHE 7/20/2014 12:26AM

    I have calcium lactate tablets that I got from my Chiropractor and I down about 6 a day for a couple of days when and if I find myself getting leg cramps. It's amazing how fast my body recovers with those.

You are an amazing lady Barb! Congrats for taking part in the Cornhusker State Games again this year!

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MSLZZY 7/19/2014 10:43PM

    So glad you had someone watching out for you! A very lovely medal for a job well done. Spark On!

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KOHINOOR2 7/19/2014 9:55PM

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TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 9:35PM

    You toughed it out. Way to go! Very nice medal.

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 8:36PM

    Yikes!! Sorry about the cramping -- and celebrate the medal for being the person who was fit enough to stick it out.

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DALID414 7/19/2014 7:43PM

    OUCH! I grabbed my left calf as I read yours cramped, they hurt so bad, I can't imagine it feeling any better in water!
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DLDMIL 7/19/2014 7:14PM

    Congratulations, your smile says it all.

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    You are so inspirational! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/19/2014 6:37PM

    Just think -- you are one of the few "over 60" women doing stuff like this, so you def deserve a medal! Great job.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/19/2014 4:23PM

    You are looking great, as always! Congrats on the medal-winning swim, overcoming challenges!

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GABY1948 7/19/2014 3:33PM

    Tell ALICIA she took GREAT pics. And you, Love that pic AND that glitter. You had me scared for a bit there....I thought you really did do bad....but the CRAMP did bad not Barb...still our HERO....Look how many of us wish we could that what you do...if the Lord was passing out the ability for that I would be FIRST in line!

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MIRAGE727 7/19/2014 3:26PM

    One word...ELECTROLYTES!
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GLORIAMAJDI 7/19/2014 3:12PM

    What an accomplishment! I would love to be able to do something like this one day but I am so wimpy that I doubt I would be able to bear the cold the way that you did! Congrats!

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SHRINKBUG 7/19/2014 2:57PM

    I am glad you were able to finish- and I hope your cramp is, well, water under the bridge.

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KLMEIRING 7/19/2014 2:54PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. emoticon

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ALICIA363 7/19/2014 2:32PM

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You did it! Yay, you!

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MNTWINSGAL 7/19/2014 1:48PM

    Great job, and great pic too! You are amazing.

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NEWMOM20121 7/19/2014 1:36PM

    Great job.

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WOMANWITHGRIT 7/19/2014 1:28PM

    You are wonderful - congrats on a good race.

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LISAREADS 7/19/2014 1:20PM

    Wow! Great job finishing! I know I would have caved and grabbed the kayak- he-ha...
Just an idea, check your potassium intake- any bananas lately or how
about apricots?
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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2014 1:00PM

    Good job, despite the challenges, Barb! HUGS

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Training through, versus tapering

Friday, July 18, 2014

Reading from the Triathlete's Training Bible, when Joe Friel discusses designing your ANNUAL training plan, he talks about the target "A" races, the "B" and the "C" category of events one puts in. The A races, the important ones, the ones you have targeted to go after your personal best... you taper for. The B and C events, not so much... you "train through" them, i.e. no taper.

But you also don't have as high expectations for those races. They are actually part of your training plan, to get you ready for your next A event.

I'm sort of applying the C to tomorrow's open water swim, and the B to next weekend's CSG triathlon, a shorter race than the Olympic distance I did in June and will be doing in September. However, I'm finding myself still taking an extra rest day... just because. The body feels ready for that open water... coiled spring, but also knowing it's not the full event.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when there are connections with kindred spirits, encouraging one another on our individual paths! Creatively, consciously, and consistently making choices to support progress, I am GRATEFUL, for each and every day!

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 10:46AM

    Truly think this wise metaphor applies to "life itself": and deciding which are the A, B and C events FOR ME!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/19/2014 7:57AM

    Well, you made me laugh---about being stronger than the fruit fly-----Lordy Be!!!!!---

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2014 7:39AM

    I don't compete enough to have A, B, C, but I envy your ability to do that.

Enjoy the swim!

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MOBYCARP 7/18/2014 8:58PM

    You do have to fit the race to your major goals. While I was busy winning the age group in the Flower City Half, most of the group I trained with (all marathon trainees) were using it as training for holding marathon pace in spite of being in a race environment. That, and they added some extra miles to get up to their scheduled long run distances. And during training, some people used 5K's as tempo workouts.

I don't know how much of that carries over to tri training, but I'd think the principal of using a shorter race as speed work or speed control practice could be valid in swimming and distance cycling, too.

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KOHINOOR2 7/18/2014 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

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DLDMIL 7/18/2014 6:35PM

    Have a great swim. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 7/18/2014 5:49PM

    Have a great open water swim!! Glad to know what the tri bible is. Not sure I'll ever do one, but you don't know. And I like the concept of ABC races with and without taper. I'll use that.

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LINDAKAY228 7/18/2014 2:52PM

    That's an interesting way of putting it with the A's, Bs, and C's. I had heard that some were just training but never in that language before. Glad you took an extra day for rest and are now ready to swim! Have fun with it!

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MSLZZY 7/18/2014 11:10AM

    Spark on and soak up that sunshine!
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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 11:06AM

    Have a great weekend!

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KANOE10 7/18/2014 8:41AM

    Have a good rest day. There is a lot to learn about training. Hope you have a good open water swim!

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LEANJEAN6 7/18/2014 8:20AM

    Holy Cow!!! You do deserve a rest day in there Barb!!--Hugs--Lynda

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SPINNINGJW 7/18/2014 7:59AM

    What time is your swim?

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GABY1948 7/18/2014 7:53AM

    I am learning SO much about what it is for athletes not only to compete but TRAIN too!

Thank's so much...you not only should have been a writer but a TEACHER as well!

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I love Summertime!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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I love the heat. It's the only time of year I am warm any more (I lost all that insulation).



I love the long hours of sunlight, and how it gives me the energy to do more in the course of my days. I love that I go to work in daylight and come home while it is still daylight. I love having light in the cool of the morning to exercise. I love having light as the evening cools down for a walk.

This is MY time of year! The cooler temps breaking up my beloved heat? Love them too, but will be glad when the 80's are back where they belong. It will pass all too soon, and then it will be back to the chill!

LIFE is good. It's sooo much better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits meet and greet and encourage one another, on line and off. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices to support a healthy life, I am GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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RENATA144 7/19/2014 11:38PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2014 7:38AM

    I loved summer when I lived further north. 80's would be fine. Add 10+ degrees down here. 80 is my AC setting.

You look great BTW!

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LINDAKAY228 7/18/2014 2:54PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog but fall is really my time of years! But then you mentioned the 80's and for me the fall is 70's. Summer is close to 100 or above! The heat drains me! I could live with 80's though!

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PRESBESS 7/18/2014 2:31PM

    We are blessed to be able to enjoy the warmth, the outdoors, going to and fro. Yay for summertime!
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MSLZZY 7/18/2014 11:09AM

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LEWILL1982 7/18/2014 9:03AM

    I love the long days, just not our insane Florida humidity!

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KANOE10 7/18/2014 8:43AM

    I love the summer also and the long days. I am enjoying it as long as it lasts. The 100 degree afternoons are a bit much, but do cool off.


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GABY1948 7/18/2014 8:22AM

    I also agree with the others you look emoticon look at the muscles! And I agree about summer....I do think it is the added light during the day I love MOST!

TGIF and have a wonderful weekend! You will be BUSY

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SPINNINGJW 7/18/2014 7:35AM

    We haven't had a lot of heat this summer. I am enjoying that it isn't beastly hot. I have found that as I get older, I just don't like temperature extremes. I like it to be warm enough to not need a coat, but not so hot that I feel as if I am going to melt.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/18/2014 5:56AM

    Enjoying sleeping with open windows. It's gotten into the 50's at night. Some summers it's been 90!

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HOT4FITNESS 7/18/2014 4:13AM

    You look great BTW. Yes I am a summertime gal as well!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/18/2014 1:09AM

    i love it too - as long as it isn't TOO hot. love the long days - though i've been complaining about needing sunglasses to read in bed at night here in sweden - the sun doesn't set until after 10 pm! enjoy your season, because life is good!

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DLDMIL 7/17/2014 11:24PM

    I agree, love summer

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/17/2014 10:50PM

    Summer is the BEST! I love the heat and the humidity too! I moved south to get away from the cold and I wouldn't mind moving even further south!

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DALID414 7/17/2014 10:18PM

    You'd love sunny Southern California, just saying emoticon
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TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2014 9:31PM

    You look great! We are in Utah where it is 80 degrees by 8:30 am and only gets worse from there. Makes it hard to hike after about 10:30 am, but of course we do it...it's vacation!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/17/2014 9:08PM

    Enjoy your summer!! Still hope you'll retire to the long, long summer of Florida.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/17/2014 9:00PM

    Summer -- love it!

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WATERMELLEN 7/17/2014 8:59PM

    Me too: it has been glorious here, and the next three days are scheduled for more of the same! I'm thinking about sneaking out as early as possible tomorrow and taking a running start on the weekend!!

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BA5454 7/17/2014 8:14PM

    Erm, have to say I love the chill! Bring it on! I hear you about the light and all, it *is* nice with extended sunlight. But I'll give you the heat ;-).

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KOHINOOR2 7/17/2014 8:12PM

    I love the heat too! Enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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