Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 13 - Recovery Week

This was my worst week to date. OK I'm over dramatizing it, but it was a bad week. I had been feeling ill all week and took it as I was dehydrated. Or maybe I was just really tired from all the training. Either way I was off. I had been feeling dizzy all week. I thought it was a combination of being really tired, not sleeping, and not drinking enough water. I upped my water intake and tried out Advil PM and melatonin to help me sleep. Nothing worked. I even cut down on the coffee thinking my 1 cup of coffee was causing me sleep issues. Anyway, that was my week. Nothing special, just me fighting fatigue. 

I have to admit Tuesday was a fun swim practice. While we mostly did drills, it was the treading water that was fun. We were told to tread water for 10 minutes. Some of us took advantage of this 'free time' and played around with our so called synchronized swimming moves. We were trying to get our coaches attention but they were too busy trying to come up with ways to torture us. Fun torture of course.

As much as I talk about synchronized swimming it's not to make fun. Seriously check out the video below. Those are some pretty good swimming skills. Imagine a synchronized swimming set to Britney Spear's song 'Three'

Anyway, if you know of an old fart group that does this, please let me know. Seriously! 

Wednesday - lets get on that Bike trainer. 
Fail. Was on it for 30 minutes, my watch died, and me well the dizziness got to me and I just stopped.

Thursday - I took it upon myself to rest. I was as dizzy all day at work and getting out for a run was not looking good. 

Friday - Swim homework time. 
Last couple of weeks it's be me and the speedo man. He doesn't say much he just 'observes'. Think he is analyzing my swimming technique. It's not really much of a technique versus more of a high elbow long reach sort of thing.  It works for me and I personally think I am getting pretty good at this.

So as you can tell this week I got to share the pool with a friend. Awesome looking pool right. It's so fresh and so clean clean . . (are you singing it yet?). It was a good night, but I was so exhausted after the swim set. It was a total of 2300 yards which normally is no problem, but like I said it was one of those weeks. 

Saturday morning - Off to one of my favorite routes in Westlake Village -wait did I just say favorite - who am I?

  I had all the necessities with me. Biggest necessity is Chamois Butter. It really does help! When you are on the bike for even an hour you need something to help other wise you go kind of numb and your lady parts start to ache a bit.

So how was my ride? Well I did it. My speed by now should be at a good 14mph if not more. I wasn't feeling well again and had those darn dizzy spells hit again. I didn't stop, I continued on and got the ride done, but I am really hard on myself. I want to get faster!! 
After the ride we did a 30 minute run. It's always fun to train in Westlake Village. This is where the ladies do their walks in platform sneakers, tennis skirts, and full make up. So fancy!

After practice I drove myself to urgent care. Mark wanted to meet me there but really I was OK, maybe I shouldn't have driven myself but I drove slow and with my eyes open. LOL.. Doctor said to stop all activity and go see my primary doctor. 

Sunday - I slept in. Like really slept in UNTIL 8:30 AM!! Last time I slept in was...uumm... can't remember. I woke up a little dizzy still but not too bad. 

If you are wondering, yes I went to my doctor on Monday. What is wrong? Not sure yet. I'm still feeling off but hopefully my blood test will reveal more. My blood sugar levels were good and I'm not pregnant (as if)! The dizziness is still there, so I take it as a sign to drink more water. Maybe? I haven't been drinking any adult beverages, I don't smoke, blah blah...i just want to feel good again. I go back in 2 weeks to get the results. 

SO..for now I will continue to train. Not going to stop! I have a race coming up!

Birdie is all clean. Got new tape on the handle bars. New oil on the chains. AND...aerobars!! 

Until next week..... bye.

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