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Done the bulk of training,…just in time

October 29th, 2006

Snow on the back deck

We woke up this morning with a BIG dump of snow, and a sub-10° temperature. I can’t help but think how fortunate I’ve been to have nice weather (reasonably) up to this point. I had envisioned contending adverse weather during my long ride days and prepared myself for the worst. Thankfully my fears weren’t realized, and I ended up VERY lucky weather wise.

Allison ended up coming home on Friday afterall, despite not feeling well. We took advantage of daylight savings with an extra hour of zzzzs – thankfully her cold/virus symptoms are improving. Our lazy morning ended with a troop of friends who came by for brunch and to wish me well before I leave for Florida.

Kind hearted well wishers

I spoke with my Mom and Dad today,…they decided to drive down from Tennessee to Panama City to watch their little boy race. I’m super excited about having them there,…I’m very fortunate to have their support.

I ran 60minutes today,…with 10minutes of fast intervals in the middle of it. What started out as a run where I really didn’t feel good, ended with me feeling very good. I think my body is starting to go into rejuvenation mode,…I can feel the taper legs taking hold. It is a positive sign that I’m able to get them feeling good with increased activation.

Jarret came by tonight to drop off a bike box for me – he’s lending me his for the race. A very kind gesture. He also mentioned that he noticed Raynard Tissink is now racing IM-Florida — an Ironman champion who dropped out of Ironman Hawaii 1.5 weeks ago.

Interesting thing happened at work on Saturday. I saw a new patient who had neck pain,…I explained to her that her pain was a result of a sprained joint at the base of her neck. I further explained that the joint is inflammed and swollen, and that is why it is painful to compress it. She replied,…”it’s inflamed huh?,…is there anything I can do to help reduce this inflammation without medication,…because I DON’T want to take anti-inflammatory medication”,…I explained that ice will naturally reduce the swelling due to inflammation,…and an adjustment directed at the capsule will help restore proper motion, improving nerve tone and surrounding muscle tension. I took a further look at her intake form, and noticed that she is a PHARMASIST! She was a pharmacist who knew right away that she didn’t want to take anti-inflammatory meds. Needless to say, I was very impressed by this woman,…for taking the initiative of asking such questions as,

  • “Why did this injury happen?
  • “Is there anything that I can do differently in my daily activities that could help prevent this from happening again?”
  • “For the time being, to help my body heel better what exercises and other things can I do?”

We ended up having a long conversation about how we both believe that allopathic medicine is important, but relied upon way too often,…especially for health problems for which there are natural solutions. She also talked about how pharmaceutical companies are so powerful, they are able to dictate the medical model’s standards of care. Especially a grave concern should be in the fact (as an example) of how small the Canadian Cancer Society applies its funding towards cancer treatment rather than PREVENTION. Funny,…how backwards our population think…

Best be off to bed,

SC