Why I blog….

Let’s face it, I try but my updates are getting less and less frequent. I’m just feeling a bit tired and worn. My commute and work keeps me pretty busy that when I get home, I don’t really want to plug into my computer right away. Maybe I’m getting old. Or this triathlon training is keeping me moving vs. sitting. If only I had a talent for blogging and running at the same time. 

Also, I hate being repetitive. A lot of topics that go through my head such as running in hot weather have been written up by me and every other individual who spends all day dreaming about running. It’s repetitive and boring to me.

Not helping my blogging laziness is that I’ve also become a huge fan of Instagram. I started this blog as a organized method to share moments in life and I hated facebook usability with photos. Instagram solved it so if you miss me, I update a lot of Instagram from the boring and mundane, to my favorite fur bag of bones, and yes all the food photos you cringe at seeing.

Also, let’s face it, I am not going to be a writer of the year anytime soon.  If I ever write a grammatically proper post, you know I’ve been hacked. I’m also am never going to become a professional blogger. I know some people can sustain an income and that’s great for them, but I know where my skill set lies and it’s not this. I’m also pretty sure that if i had to devote 40 + hours to blogging I would go insane.

However, I enjoy it. I’ve enjoyed blogging since my teen angst days with xanga, deadjournal, livejournal and all between. It’s my soap box without intentionally asking for an audience. It’s there for me, but if someone wants to read it too, even better. It’s a hobby for me, and I use it for joy not obligation. 


What this blog is/will be about:

Weekly Recap – it’s not a page hitter but I like having a summary of my weekly training reflected on. Sometimes it will be a week or two late but I don’t keep a hand written log so this will have to do.

Race Recaps – these are my favorite posts to write. I like the structure and I like to reflect on what I got out of each race. I may race more often than the average Jane, but I still like to think each race is special whether it was a struggle or a PR or a new state.

Travel posts – I love traveling so these will mostly be a collection of food photos, photos of myself and random things that catch my mind. No it’s not exactly photographic prodigy work, but it’s snapshots that I want to save, consolidate and share in one space.

Boston events and restaurants b- similar to travel posts but will revolve around something I thought was either fun or really terrible in a Boston.

Reviews – I do occasionally write reviews. It’s another structural post that I find relaxing to blog about. Some are compensated, some are with product only and some I paid with my own hard blood and sweat of the working class white collar order. Either way, it will be a product I loved and find useful in my life. I turn down tons of reviews, so unless it’s a product I am loving and can share one with readers, I generally pass because I just don’t have the time. If I’m posting, it’s a product I love and or a small or big company that I want desperately to succeed.

Randomness –  Friday 5? Things I love? Things I hate? And just random posts in between probably means I found myself with an extra hour or two and felt like updating the blog.

So there you go, an update. And yes, I’m about a week behind on my weekly recap post.

CitySports Outdoor Reebok CrossFit Series

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

So, I won’t lie to you guys, I am not a Crossfit addict. In fact, I have technically never officially tried “crossfit.” However, I’ve been enjoying all things fitness that aren’t running lately so Crossfit seemed to just be a natural progression. And last week I finally got to try a class thanks to  City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay. Every Thursday night from now until August 21st, you can participate in a free CrossFit workout on the Greenway (North End entrance, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). The event says 6-7 but we ended around 6:45 so you have plenty of time to stretch and cool down afterwards. To participate in one of these workouts, you just need to register online and show up. Some parts of the workouts are done with partners so having a buddy or 10 around you would make it more fun. Or you can do as I do and make a new friend! Nothing like doing burpees with Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. P.S. for someone who just had a baby, she is in ridiculous shape! 

It’s about 2 miles from my office and since Boston’s public transit is slower than the average runner, I decided to just jog my way there. Plus, I really wanted to test out my new Nano 4.0 that Reebok sent me.  They’re all the rage in the crossfit world for their shock absorption and traction. I can’t wait to try them in my Tabata class where I’m sliding all over the place in my running shoes. 

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So I got to the Greenway about 5 minutes to 6, because I forgot there’s a giant hill, called Beacon Hill, on the route I picked. And lucky for me, they had some water bottles for those of us who don’t always come prepared. I was quite thirsty by the time I got there.

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The workout of the day was simple and easy for a Crossfit newbie like me to follow. We started with Tabata style warm up, learned some new moves and ended with a partner workout that I’ll explain more.

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The tabata warm up was 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 16 times of squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.  After learning the hard sore way, I focused more on my form vs. how many reps I could do in 20 seconds. 

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After our warm up, we went over the moves we would be doing with a partner. Between the two of us, we would do 100 squats or squat jumps, 100 sit ups and 100 alternating jump lunges. And to keep things from getting too stale, we had to do 3 burpees every minute on the minute. Since all the moves besides the burpees are broken up between you and a partner, you end up doing only 50 of each in increments of 10 with a rest between each while your partner does their set. Similar to tabata in a way but less pressure it fitting it all into 20 seconds. 

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And our reward for the workout was more exercise! We finished the evening off with some core work of planks and V-ups.

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It may look easy, but try holding this for 3 minutes straight and you will feel everything shake. 

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Overall had a great workout and if the weather continues to be this gorgeous, I’ll be showing up weekly! Loved this cross-training alternative to all the cardio I’ve been doing for my 70.3!

QOTD

Have you ever tried Crossfit?

Does your city have any free outdoor workouts that you participate in?

Weekly Recap – The week Tabata handed me my butt on a silver sore plate

The theme of last week can be summed up into one word. Soreness.  But let’s start from Monday,

Monday – 8 Miles 7:38 pace on the treadmill

and on a side note, my little garden pepper plant flowered! I really hope I get at least one pepper.

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Tuesday – 45 minute tabata class, 45 minute spin class and concluded with 30 minutes of swimming! Busy day!

What is tabata? It’s basically a high intense interval workout. You do a move for 20 seconds rest 10 repeat until you get 4 minutes. The actual moves and how many you do are up to the instructor. I couldn’t do anything with push-ups because of my shoulder injury so instead I just did more squats.

Since I haven’t started to feel any soreness yet, I did an evening spin class followed by 30 minutes of swimming. I’m still slow and my shoulder is cranky, but I try to get out there and get used to the water.

 

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Wednesday – 5 miles run 7:48 pace
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Thursday – 45 minute spin class

I had all these glorious plans of running or maybe a power hour spin class. Instead, I could barely get myself out of bed. I did finally make it to spin class and for 45 minutes I felt a million bucks better until I went back to sitting. Other than that, instead of working out, I did lots of napping and trying to eat as much protein as possible. I don’t know if it helped, but I like to pretend it did. Plus salsa and eggs are like the best thing in the world.

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Friday – 1 hour swim 2K yards

Technically my swimming time was more like 57 minute but let’s just round it up.

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My favorite candy in the world. I recently picked some up when I went to visit my parents in upstate NY, because the Walmart there is the only store that carries non-stale ones.

And yes, I took a mental vacation day on Friday. Ran errands, got my hair done, sacrificed a perfectly good hair day for a swim.

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I don’t know why I’m glaring, call it a mild heat stroke.

 

And I have no regrets…

because when you go to the pool in the middle of the day, the only person you have to share a lane is yourself. Yup, all the screaming kids, the dbag who only swims in fins and the crazy but baller lady who does breast strokes in a shower cap generally tend to not be there on an early Friday afternoon. It actually made swimming pleasant. I even hit up the hot tub and sauna afterwards for shoulder therapy.

I don’t like to brag, but I would make a killer stay at home cat mama.

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Saturday. – 8 mile run 7:55 pace

I posted this on instagram and I’m sure many agree, but I struggle so much with staying motivated to run in the summer. My mind gets so easily distracted with the heat and summer BBQs, that three hour runs in the morning is the last thing I want to do. I wasted 2 hours before I finally made it out the door for an hour. It’s shorter than I wanted to, but I did make it outside so I’m happy with that.

Sunday – 4 trail miles 13 minute pace that involved being lost followed with 1,000 yards of swimming. 9.1 evening miles at 7:58 pace.

So cut my trail run short so I could get to the pool before the masses woke up. Saw a hairball the size of a cat which doesn’t sup[rise me much.

After my swim, heading to the beach to check out some baller sand sculptures!

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And I concluded my day with a 9 mile run because it just felt like a nice night.

 

QOTD

How was your weekend? 

Ever been to a sand sculpture competition?

2014 Jamestown Half Marathon Race Report

What a fun weekend!

For the most part, I am a lone weekend warrior when it comes to running and racing, but when I get to combine those moments with friends, I find them most rewarding and memorable. Quite frankly, if it was up to me, I would convert all my friends into runners! Worry not if you don’t run, I’ll still hang out!

Anyway, when we saw a Groupon for $30 for the Jamestown half marathon in the Newport, RI area, a few of my friends and I jumped right on it. Of course little research was done until we realized not only is this race starting at 6:30 AM but it’s also one of the hilliest courses in the region that is still a road race. Great way to try your first half marathon!

So with some planning, we got two nights of hotel in the most luxury level of Ramada Inn. Yuck! But we needed a place to sleep and not spend a small fortune so we put up with the outdated tiny beds and the lack of lighting in the room. We should be sleeping anyways come darkness.

The drive from Boston to Newport was anything but fast, I don’t know what happened, but the highways were backed up all the way to my house. We did eventually make it to the expo, if you can call it that, and picked up the bibs and numbers.

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The expo consisted of number pick up tables and a small area with some clearance items and socks for sale. The swag? Was a large sized gender men’s tech shirts that barely had any effort in them. They had some cute baby blue shirts next to them, but those you either had to buy or be part of the triple crown. The triple crown consists of Providence, Jamestown and Newport half marathon. Since I’ve already run the other two, I contemplating doing Newport for the heck of it all. We’ll see.

Anyways, after number pick up, we had dinner and went straight to bed in our luxury accommodations. Despite the tiny bed, I slept quite well. While I wasn’t thrilled about a 5AM wake up call, I didn’t feel completely miserable either. By 5:30 we were all out the door and getting ready to drive to Newport Grand Slots, a casino whose parking lot was hosting the shuttles and parking.

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The race organizers kept repeating that we might not start on time unless we get on a 6AM shuttle to Jamestown. What we didn’t expect was that it would take about 25 minutes to get on a shuttle because there was a severe lack of buses to take us runners over. You know, if I’m standing on a line, I might as well pass a bathroom, except those were on a separate long line that we decided to skip and just wait on the shuttle line instead.

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Since the line was barely moving, we decided it was perfect time to take some photos! Not pictured is our friend Kerwin who although was not running probably ended up walking 13 miles on his own since he woke up same time as us.

Once on the bus, the ride was about 10 minutes as well got to watch a beautiful sunrise.

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There was about 2,000 runners and for the most part, the porta potty lines were fairly short. I did appreciate the race announcer mentioning that the start is 5-10 minutes late; giving me just enough time to do a pitstop.

Afterwards it’s kiss Tony goodbye, good luck to the friends and dart my way to the start of the group.

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The race start had no real corral system. Up in the front, I saw a 1:30 pacer chatting with a 2:00 pacer. However, I’m not sure if it was because a few people were still waiting for shuttles or what, but even with 2,000 runners, I didn’t feel too crowded.

For the first two miles I ran with the 1:30 pace group until the hills started to roll. That’s when I told myself to stop being stupid and to slow down to my own pace. It wasn’t the fastest, and I started to get passed by a lot of men, but it felt a lot better than trying to keep up with the lead pack.

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By 6:40 am, the weather was already 65 and it felt humid and sunny to me. Luckily on the course we did hit a lot of nice patches on shade. At times, I did go outside the cones when I saw no incoming traffic because quite frankly I rather run a longer distance with shade, then be exposed to the sunlight.

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As you can see from the map, the course goes around the island with lots of rolling hills to keep your heart rate racing. For the first time in a while, I was actually feeling awesome during the race and ended up focusing on running instead of photographs.

I do remember that the hill at mile 5-6 got the best of me and  I had to take a short walk break. My calves were burning!

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I think I’m trying to run away from this sweat shirtless dude?

As difficult as hills may be, I really do enjoy the hillier courses. Going up might really suck, but I love passing others on the down side of the hill.

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For a while, I was worried the course was short. My garmin was always about .07 of a mile shorter than the mile marker. Clearly, it stopped being an issue when the final mile refused to end and Garmy clocked me in at 13.18 miles. 1:37:18, not a PR, but I was very excited by my time with how the weather was and the rolling hills.

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Overall, I feel pretty happy with my race strategy and results. I wanted to reach 1:40 with a plan that my second half of the race would be a bit slower with the heat. However, I was lucky enough to be able to hold onto my pace despite the feel of the hills. I think trying to be more realistic about my goal pace and running a little slower than I normally would for the first half helped me a lot in keeping up with my pace.

After crossing the finish line, I tried to get an icepack for my tendon but the chemical ice wouldn’t get cold enough so I just gave up and went to go cheer on my friends.

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I loved watching all my friends sprint to the finish line. Unfortunately everyone was running so fast that my IPhone wasn’t fast enough to get photos.

At the finish line they had some bread rolls from a local bakery, cliff bars, water and Gatorade. Enough to get you by, but not a breakfast replacement.

The shuttles to get you back to your car however were not pleasant.

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After watching everyone finish the race, we took ourselves to the long unshaded shuttle line where we stood for about 30 minutes. Sweating, hungry, dehydrated but proud and excited with our accomplishments for the day.

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My friends app showed that I was 3rd place in my age group so I went by the prize packs to see if I would get anything fun. Turns out that because the first two ladies were overall winners, I was actually first in my age group and I got a pretty awesome prize box!

These are the contents of my race pack that I won. I’m very excited for the car cover seat! Tony doesn’t like it when I get my sweat all over our glamorous Prius. Although I really wish I could

The box is really cool though and will now be where I store all my Gus at home.

James Town Prize Pack

Total Time 1:37:18

Average Pace 7:26

Division Place 3/324

Gender Place 9/984

Overall Place 70/1632

First place woman ran the course in 1:19 and finished second place overall! Feeling very proud of the fast ladies on the course!

Pros

Scenic Course – Really beautiful course

Hills – If you love running on rolling hills, this is a fun one

Free photos – I get to share some of these thanks to TomTom sponsoring the race course photos. Always cool!

Cons

Roads Not closed – They use a cone system to give runners a shoulder of the road, but this barely fit anyone single file. Furthermore, I heard from friends that it was hard to pass anyone or speed up because if you got out of the cone area, the cops were yelling at the runners. I didn’t have this issue in the front, but I wasn’t passing too many people either.

Last Mile Might be long – I don’t know if it’s true, but my Garmin and a few others clocked in the final 1.1 miles at 1.3 and that’s within the cone space.

Shuttles – Terrible, the stress of getting to the starting line and the annoyance of waiting for 35 minutes to get back to your car.

Hills – If you don’t like running hilly courses, this might not be for you

No Post Race Hang out area- Unlike other races, there’s not really a great hang out vibe. You grab you banana, some cliff bars and get in line to wait for the shuttle.

Conclusion

Although I’m listing a lot more cons than pros, I think the scenic course really makes up for all the shuttle and cheapness of race organizers issues. Had I paid the full price, I probably would be annoyed at how cheap everything felt, but for the price we all paid, I really can’t complain. It was a blast and great morning run while in Newport.

Catching up and healing

I’m not sure what is worse, an accident injury or over-training injury. I guess both are accidents in a way and I have no one to blame but myself.

So I went to a shoulder doctor and found out what I did, to myself. I basically destroyed my acromioclavicular joint. How badly?

In a Type III AC separation both acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments are torn without significant disruption of the deltoid or trapezial fascia.[4] A significant bump, resulting in some shoulder deformity, is formed by the lateral end of the clavicle. This bump, caused by the clavicle’s dislocation, is permanent. The clavicle can be moved in and out of place on the shoulder. A radiographic examination, will show the results as abnormal. Pain with motion can be severe.

Basically my shoulder and collarbone will never be attached again. It’s okay, I think they can both more on. However, it will take about 6-8 weeks to heal.

For the most part, it won’t affect my daily activity with the exception of swimming.

Running

On Friday, 5 days after my accident, I went back to running and tested myself on quick 5k.

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On Sunday, Tony and I went on a hilly 7 miler, which felt really though. With almost two weeks of no real distance running, my body was happy and content being lazy. Taking just a week break makes me see just how easy it is to fall of the “wagon.”

We did start off the run with some deer sightings and ended with a bald eagle flying over us. Hard to feel crappy about pace, when you’re in nature on a beautiful road.

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On Monday, I was able to have a decent 10 miler with 8 miles at incline 3 at 7:43 pace. Just enough to regain some confidence for the Jamestown Half Marathon this Saturday.

Biking

Ahh, biking, will I ever be able to go down a hill without freaking out again? Only one way to find out. However, my bike is still sitting in my garage, waiting for a cleaning. However, my new helmet has arrived and is ready to go. I did sign up for two spin classes this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday class went okay and shoulder was only annoyed with me when I shifted too much weight on it.

The sad news, I learned that my cleats that I use for my road bike are not the same as the Spin bikes. Complete bummer, so now I’m adding another pair of shoes to my collection! Luckily, I had a citysports 25% off =)

I’m telling you, if you want a challenge, try doing a power spin class in the wrong spin shoes that don’t fit in the the sneaker cage, or the clip in part. Yea, I’m all about giving myself stupid challenges.

Swimming

This will be the stress factor of it all. As of right now, I’ve been away from the pool for over two weeks. I’m still taking Advil at least once a day to bring down the inflammation and freestyle strokes are not possible until I can put on and off a sports bra without crying a bit. The upward arm movement is what hurts the most.

Needless to say, my dreams of being a tennis pro are over.

I’ve been stressing over wetsuits as well. With my shoulder injury, I might need more flexibility and go for a sleeveless vs. full sleeve version. But then, what kind of buoyancy do I want? In my hips? In my chest? What brand? Should I just rent one instead? I could rent one for $50 which I personally still think is pricey! Or buy one for around $200.

On the bright side, I saw the time limit for the swim was raised from 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. I will take that as a sign that I am meant to do this. Injury, or no injury, in less than two months, I will be a half ironwoman.

Life in between

As for other things? How am I spending my recovery? Shopping!

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I love how I got this casual blazer for $19 vs original $130 at Banana Republic

Which is good, because I went and spent all my savings on make-up for my black eye.

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And let me tell you something, if you want to get a lot of weird pity looks, good to Sephora with a black eye. Ooo the looks the ladies gave me!

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Yes, I’m probably the only girl woman, who owned no make-up until now. What does weird me out a little, is that the other day, I went to a spin class and a sweaty 5K and my make-up barely moved. If we can create this, why can’t we cure cancer yet?

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Fourth of the July for the first time in however long I remember was a rainstorm. So we minimized grilling and instead made some tasty pulled pork and sides on Friday.

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Because of the storm on Friday, Boston moved it’s fireworks to Thursday night, only to move it up 30 minutes earlier than planned so we missed most of the show. However, it must have been perfect timing because it started to pour like crazy as soon as the show ended. Yay climate change!

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Over the weekend, we went to visit my parents in the Catskills (Monticello, NY)

Where more grilling and meat eating occurred.

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A few miles from them is this beautiful ranch on top of a hill with camels, llamas and all sorts of livestock!

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And across the street from it all, is the church of little green man! How weird is that! There’s some creepy/cool collection of bones in front for display too. Maybe its the animal graveyard? Ironically enough, this is also about 1-2 miles from a large cemetery. Creepy!

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and I got to visit this guy:

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He loves selfies way more than Jack Meower.

Maybe it was the weather, or us leaving early on Sunday, but traffic wasn’t as bad in the past. We made a highway pit stop in Hartford for dinner.

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And now it’s back to every day life. Working, sleeping and trying to get back on track of some healthy eating after a weekend of meats, meats and meats.

QOTD

What’s new with you? I’ve been fairly quiet lately and spending lots of time napping. I call it recovery, or maybe it’s this hot humid days of summer. I wasn’t lying when I say with the exception of the snow and my oil bill, I love winter.

MS Cape Cod Getaway

About three weeks ago I signed up for the Multiple Sclerosis Gateway to Cape Cod fundraising bike ride. 160 – 185 miles, hilly miles on a saddle.

To be honest, I don’t know a lot about MS, but after signing up for the bike ride, I was surprised by how many people I knew who were living with it. So I decided to do a little research about it.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease, which means it affects your nerves. A substance called myelin wraps around your nerves to protect them. MS is the breakdown of myelin as your body attacks itself. The word “sclerosis” refers to the scar tissue or lesions that appear as the myelin is damaged. The unprotected nerves can’t function as they would with normal, healthy myelin. The damaged nerves produce a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity.

MS is not fatal and symptoms can be managed and controlled with medications and lifestyle adjustments.

The list of possible MS symptoms is long. It includes numbness and tingling, vision problems, balance and mobility issues, and slurred speech. There is no such thing as a “typical” symptom of MS because each person experiences the disease differently. The same type of symptoms may come and go frequently, or you may regain a lost function (bladder control, for example) after a period of time. The unpredictable pattern of symptoms has to do with which nerves your immune system attacks at any given time.

More than 400,000 people in the United States have MS with an estimated 2,500,000 around the world have MS and a 2:1 ratio of affected women vs men.

Diagnosis of MS is usually between 20 and 40 years of age

The course of the disease is unpredictable and no two people will experience the same set of symptoms.

There are four types of MS:  relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, primary progressive and progressive relapsing.

Among young adults, MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system.

Without disease-modifying therapy, about 50 percent of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will become progressive at 10 years.

Without disease-modifying therapy, about one-third of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will be using a wheelchair at 20 years.

MS is not contagious but is a progressive disease for which there is not yet a cure.

Increased understanding of MS has led to the development of many new treatments that target both the disease process and its many symptoms.

In countries further from the equator, the incidence of MS increases.

The Gateway to Cape Cod is one of the longer rides, but through out the year there are several Bike MS events all across the country in varying distances.  Since I signed up a week before, I can’t say I was properly trained. However, I did take three spin classes in the two weeks before! So yay!

The ride started at 7:30, but I was so anxious and nervous so I got there an hour early. I’m used to showing up just before the gun for running events, but I wasn’t quite sure how it works for biking and since I’m not the best at biking in crowds, I wanted to make sure I had enough time to drop of my luggage and get into my corral.

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The team I’m on is called Liam’s Lucky Charms and is made up of 150+ friends and family. Can you spot a Liana?

We (but mostly they) have raised over 306K this year to fight MS. Even though I signed up last minute on a whim from some co-workers, I felt proud of wear the jersey of the number 1 fundraising team.

Since we are the second largest team, we get to start second!

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The getting out of corrals is something I was dreading and worrying about. I don’t have the best control with my clip in pedals and I was worried how it would go with so many bikers around me. Luckily, everyone seemed to be in the same position and first few miles of the road was closed to traffic that allowed us to all spread out in a comfortable fashion. I didn’t fall and got into a flow pretty well.

The first rest stop was around mile 18 which I skipped; however, by mile 30 I had to pee so badly that I decided to go for a pit stop and refill on water. Unfortunately, this is the only rest stop on Saturday that’s a little to the side. to get to it, you go up a 1 mile hill and then come down it to merge into the bike group. Next year I’m holding off until mile mile 40

One thing about biking vs. running is that you don’t have the same ease of taking photos of everything you see. I have a Gopro, but I didn’t bring it and instead just enjoyed the scenic ride. Its beautiful and for the most part goes along the coast from UMass Boston to Buzzard’s Bay just before the Cape. Lots of roads along the ocean front but the views came with a price. It was hilly. At least to me it felt hilly. About 3K elevation gain and loss over the 75 miles each day. I guess in the end, hills and distance are all relative.

The first 30 miles, literally flew by in an average pace of 16MPH, my second 30 Miles slowed to about 15MPH pace when I stopped for about 10 minutes to rest, drink, snack and stretch. The final 15 miles were the hardest. There was a lot less shade, and the afternoon sun was starting to feel hot. It was a high of 90 degrees and it did not feel any cooler.

Before I knew it, somewhere between 5 and 6 hours, I reached the finish line!

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I set up my tent, showered and then began inspecting the lunch situation. Burgers, hot dogs, and burritos. I refueled with some high quality, calorie dense one meat and one vegetarian burrito. I didn’t realize how hungry I was until I started to eat.

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I also inspected some really high quality tan lines!

The rest of the afternoon was spent having a party with beer in our tent, beer from the beer truck and a band. We also had 6 massage tables and I got a nice 20 minutes to help with my back that was starting to kill me. I guess I was using my back muscles a lot.

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Before I knew it, after my massage, I was starving AGAIN and it was dinner time! They had pulled pork, chicken, beef, mac and cheese and salad bar. To be honest the beef and chicken were gross, but the pulled pork was quite tasty! I was a bad girl and didn’t even bother with the salad bar, I just went seconds for the pulled pork. Okay to be fair, I was so distracted by what I saw first, that I didn’t even notice the salad bar until they were cleaning heh.

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One of the most beautiful parts of the ride, was watching the sunset over our camping area.

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It was a truly beautiful day that makes you forget how terrible the weather is in New England.

Sunday

My Sunday for those of you who follow me on facebook or Instagram or Twitter, or just have seen me, was short.

I got about 5 miles into the day. I made it up the Bourne bridge, patting myself on the back on how great I did and I even almost made it down. The ramp down was sharp and had lots of turns and somewhere towards the end, my bike started swirling and I decided I had two options, either, potential crash into cars and other bikers to my left, or damage my chain, bike and try to land on the grass/sand side on my right. Right side it was and I went down and what happened next felt super fast. Within a minute, another girl from my team who was a nurse was holding me. To be honest, I was probably being a dick. I felt humiliated and all I wanted to do was get back on my bike and continue the ride.  There’s some debate in how I fell, but at the end of the day, I did land on my helmet and shoulder, so taking me to the ER was a good call for worse case scenario, even if I am not stressing out about the EMT bill I will get in the mail.

My actual ER visit lasted about 2 minutes where I saw the ER doctor for about 40 seconds. He asked me some questions, I answered, they took an Xray of my shoulder and told me it’s not broken. I had to ask them for ice and all I got was this lovely 12 page guide on how to not bump into my furniture. Can’t wait to see the bill for this print out either!

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Either way, I’m happy and lucky such services are available and that my accident was not any worse.

and the rest of my Sunday was spent icing. Unfortunately what I didn’t ice was my eye, because I didn’t think I hit, but for some reason it’s now turning black and blue. Maybe it’s from the blood moving around or maybe it’s from fighting my teammate to get back on my bike, or sunglasses, but I definitely got some real beautiful colors going on. Check out instagram as I’ll spare anyone else.

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I actually felt great pretty good on Sunday and I thought about trying to get my bike and a new helmet to continue the ride but at that point, I was so far behind that I just went home and pressure washed my patio instead. Towards the end of the day my shoulder was starting to hurt more.

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Around 7:30, I went back to UMass to pick up my bike and luggage. The ride organizers took my bike when I went to the ambulance so it took a lonely drive to Province-town and then back to Boston. When I got it back, my chain was hanging and it was covered in sand. If you ask me, I think my bike looked a lot worse than me. Howe,ever it’s not that a little cleaning won’t fix (I hope).

It sucks being injured and my shoulder will take 6-8 weeks to heal which is not that best for my triathlon training plans. However, I still signed up for next year!

And just in case you’re feeling generous, my fundraising page could still use some donations.

 

QOTD

Ever done a charity bike ride? It was a lot of fun and I liked how it wasn’t a race. I felt comfortable and supported the whole time?

Ever been in an ambulance? This was my first time and I would like to never have to go in one again. I’m actually pretty terrified of the bill I might be getting for a service I didn’t need. Although, worse case scenario I know it was the right thing to do.