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The Aftermath

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Well it’s a week after the marathon and we are recovering fairly well. Susan’s hip has been giving her problems for several months now and it got worse during the marathon. The PT thinks it is either her IT band or hip flexors but it is so high on her hip that it is hard for her to get any stretches to work on it. The hip is still giving her a good bit of pain but other than that she is doing good.

All the dead skin from the chafing has come off of my leg and I have a lot of nice new pink skin. It is itchy and tender but healing much faster than I thought it would. The blister under my left foot was never very bad and is completely better now. The one on my right foot is still very painful and keeps trying to get infected. It is extremely hard to keep a huge blister on the bottom of my foot clean and covered. Hopefully it will be better before long.

Muscle wise we are both fine (I think the bike ride the day after the marathon really helped with that) and ready to get back at it. We swam yesterday and are ready to get back on our bikes as soon as the weather improves a little (it has been cold and rainy the past several days).

Feb 15, The Ride

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Susan’s POV:

It was windy, we rode in a pack a lot, which scared the pee outta me so I did not drink or eat much. I bonked and got crabby. and slow. OK, slower. Paul said he realized how little I had been eating when we passed a bunch of eateries and I commented I wanted everything.  I was really glad we did it, but dang I was glad when we were done. We rolled across the finish line ready for our 2nd medal in 2 days. We were handed a water bottle. I mean, its green and cute, but a water bottle, you know? Sheesh!

BTW–here is a link to my marathon photos: http://www.brightroom.com/view_user_event.asp?PID=&EVENTID=47967&PWD=&ID=61994614&FROM=photos&BIB=6002

Paul’s POV:

AHHH!!! Finally back on the bike. Now this is where I am comfortable! It felt great to be back on the bike after the run on Saturday. It was really windy but we spent most of the time sitting in a large pack so it wasn’t that bad. The times when we were on the front of the pack were a little difficult because of all the wind. It was also a little hard when we weren’t with a group because I was on front all by myself pulling Susan :) . Susan was nervous riding in the groups but for me it was relaxing and I was back in my element after the long run the day before.

Next Myrtle topic: The food!

Med Tent…Schmed Tent! We have a bike ride tomorrow!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

My motto has always been, “NEVER FORFEIT AN ENTRY FEE!” Paul’s has been, “NEVER GO TO THE DR!” So when I went back out on the course to get him and the first thing he said was, “I need to go to the med tent at the finish” and the second was, “We might be forfeiting our first entry fee”–I knew he was in trouble.

20 hours later Paul mounted the bike and pulled me through 20 mph winds that gusted even higher throughout the 63 mile ride. He has 4 inch blisters broken open on the bottom of both feet plus a patch about 5×5 inches on his inner thigh that I think is 2nd degree burned from his shorts (friction burn from chafing?), plus the usual muscle fatigue.

We came home to Barton having pooped on our bed (again) so I started washing bedclothes. Then the washer started leaking water.  Luckily we have tomorrow off. Interval napping was the original plan, but now we will be doing first aid on Paul and the washing machine! We plan to post more about the race, but we both finished both races and that was our first goal.  Thank you to Paul’s mom, grandmother, Biz, Roy, Becca and Tripp for coming out to support us!

EDIT 02/19/2009 by Paul:

Thankfully it looks like the washer is fine. It has moved itself back to the wall and I think that was making the hose leak. We moved it back out some and it hasn’t leaked since.

Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

My friend Susan J has a blog titled, “Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in Carolina” while she is attending IU’s MBA program. Let me tell you–NOTHING could be more true this weekend. It was 70 and sunny both days. Saturday afternoon Anna and I hung out at the park and went for a walk w my friends Lauren, Cathy and Ruthan. Tyler paced Paul on his bike for Paul’s 5 mile run {{I also ran yesterday, but I did it at 8am when it was 31 degrees out–we had to take shifts since we had the kids this weekend}}. Today Paul and I rode 42 miles w his friend Tamara. It was GORGEOUS!

We are both taking it easy as we both feel pretty beat leading into marathon week. We both have foot pain, although mine is longer standing and on the upswing IMHO. Paul has been feeling sick for about 5 days. I actually got him to take some medicine tonight. Probably only b/c I told him it was what I took during the Ironman when I had his same symptoms. :) We plan to take our multi-vitamins each day and each active culture yogurt. Lauren tells me 90% of your immune system is in your GI tract. Keep it healthy people!!

Not Enough Weekend

Monday, January 26th, 2009

We had a good weekend but it went by way too fast. Susan went scrapbooking Friday night and had a good time. For me I sat at home and did NOTHING. It was nice to finally have a night where I didn’t have anything I had to do. OK, so I had plenty that I should have been doing around the house but nothing got done.

Saturday morning Tyler had a basketball game that he was very excited about. He told me before the game that he was going to get every rebound. It turned out that he was about right. There is another boy on his team that likes to get rebounds and the were about to kill each other. They were both in the game together in the 3rd period and the coach took Tyler out so the two of them weren’t playing at the same time because they were “too competitive with each other”. My mom was there and got a good laugh because I was the same way.

After the basketball game Susan and I ran 20 miles. We had a good run and the weather was really nice which made things easier. Our marathon is 19 days away and that was our last long run until the race. Our longest run that we have between now and the race is 7 miles so we are very excited! After our run we showered and went to Lauren and Elliot’s for dinner. I’m not even sure what time we left their house but I am pretty sure it wasn’t very late. We went home and went right to bed.

Sunday morning we got up and went for a ride with our friend Tamara. She called us that morning to see if we were still going because she knew we were running 20 miles the day before. I knew it was cold outside and wanted to say no (and she also wanted me to say no because of the cold) but I said we were still going. We are doing the 63 mile bike ride the day after the marathon so we have to get use to it. It was 30 degrees with a windchill of 24 when we left the house so we had a very uncomfortable ride, but Susan and I were both glad we went. I’m not sure if it was from the ride or the icing affect from being so cold but I was much looser after the ride.

After the ride Susan and I went to Biscuitville to get breakfast. When we got done ordering we had to tell the lady at the register that we really did only need two drinks and that all that food was just for the two of us. After we ate we picked up the kids, played with them, went to the grocery store, ate dinner and then it was time for bed. I need to figure out how to get 4 day weekends because that all went by way too fast.

Tamara’s new bike

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

I wanted to put a picture of the new bike Tamara, one of Paul’s co-workers, recently bought. We were supposed to ride with her Sunday on the maiden voyage, but she didn’t show!! That’s right, Tamara–I am calling you out on our blog!! Just because it was 35 degrees and threatening rain…

OK, so we only made it 30 minutes b/c I was whiny and cold. Can’t wait to see the new ride!