Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Recap: 10/9/2017 - 10/15/2017

Monday -  One of those warm wet humid Augtober days, the most remarkable thing were all the animal guts on the run.  The Opossum smeared on Shennie nearly made me vomit.   That is really unusual for me.  Surely this was not as bad as three dogs in the car after being sprayed by a skunk?  Not sure what my excuse was for not taking Gus on a walk.  I do recall he was pretty ticked my time was occupied not with tending to him.

What Gus and I didn't see on Monday night...
He forgave me by pre-bed snicky snack time.

Tuesday – Not a running day, PT then Circuit Training.  I’m coming to grips with none of this is fixable, all this ‘stuff’ is to keep me running as stable and as long as possible and the shots (those start next week) are to help alleviate the pain in my knees.  Got Gus out for a stroll then took Jax, he always looks so pitiful when he stops his frantically spinning around.  Jax was amazingly well behaved.  I found out after I got back that he had been on a hike with Dave earlier in the day.  That explains it.

This sends Jax into hysterics. 
I wish it make breathing noise and flapped its wings,
but it is on a busy road so that may be bad in terms of Jax losing his mind over it!
Wednesday – Hills with Ro!  I do enjoy this endurance ‘run’, I’ll miss it and her when she goes to Martinique for a month in November - December, and then Breckenridge for three months January to March.  Retirement treats both her and Mark well.  I’m happy for them.  Gus and I got out for a nice stroll and ended up at Grey Sail Brewery, why had I not thought of this before.  Dogs are allowed and I could have a beer mid dog walk and he can rest up for the mile walk home!  We were welcomed in and Gus had a nice organic treat of sorts and was happy to take bits of that from the folks at the brewery, but not so much to let them pet him.  I usually stop at the brewery for a beer after a 30-mile ride, before venturing the mile home and up that stupid sneaky hill.

Turkeys that hang around Campus!

Thursday – Not a running day, PT then Circuit Training.  I was meeting Sarah and Tuck (her pup) at Beer’d, she wasn’t running, she took the week off after smashing a 50 miler over the weekend.   I took a short stroll to at least feel like I maybe deserved a sip of beer.  Coming home late smelling of another dog, Gus and Jax gave me the third degree.

Sarah and Tuck
He's a handsome devil!

Friday – I was leery about running, my Friday runs are typically sluggish and defeating.  This one was peppy and good.  Nice way to end the week with a peppy run.  When I got back to my desk I managed to smash the shit out of my kneecap ramming it into my desktop.  Number One Smart Guy says “What’s all that cursing about?”  I said, “I smashed my knee and it hurts like a SOB.”  #1SG “Ice may help more than cursing.”  Me: “Thanks, thanks a lot.  I’m just gonna go pass out now.”

Saturday - My plan was to go to Hartford to cheer on Leslie, Eric, and Sarah and whoever else I happened to see.  For the first time in weeks, I slept through the night and the fuzzy alarm clocks didn't wake me up at the usual 6 a.m. their usual shenanigans didn't wake me up and it was 7:40 a.m. and I needed to leave by 7:30 a.m. to be where I wanted to be before 9 a.m.  I slugged around the rest of the day, doing things that needed to be done, watching WWII movies, and knitting.  It was actually kind of nice to slug and I don't feel one little bit guilty about my slothful behavior!  (that is also not normal)

Jax let me know I was done knitting by sitting in my chair and laying on my knitting.
Yeah, he probably drooled too.

Sunday -  Jess came over and we went for a ride to Clyde's Cider Mill, Relive it here, the weather was crappity, not as crappity as yesterday...  nice to get out and about on the bike.  Jess was just about to comment how nice of a ride it was, that we weren't harassed by drivers when someone slowed down to "explain" to us that we were to use the crosswalk and then got very agitated when we ignored him.  We were less than 1/2 mile from my house so that at least made it something we could laugh about as we pedaled up Narragansett Ave and onto Summer St. 

The cider and donuts were excellent and biking there is far better than driving because you can't bring any home! ?  hmmmm....

Jess and I

Mustered up the nerve to take Gus to Champlin for a hike.  The dew point is still high for heart attack hound, but...  We had a nice nearly 2-mile hike and I managed to not panic everytime he stopped to smell something.  He was annoyed by me constantly checking to see if his gums were turning white.

Gus hates selfies
He loves to drool!


I finished "The Great Escape" by Paul Brickhill, it was good.  I cannot imagine what the POW went through.   Many of them made it many of them didn't.  

I started, finally "The Penderwicks on Gardam Street"  the second book in the series.  It finally made it to my checkout cue on Overdrive!  Nearly a week of the radio was making me batshit crazy.   I started the 3rd book but felt like I really needed to listen to them in order, and now that I'm a few minutes in, that was the right decision. 


My sloth day on Saturday, and watching Valkyrie and Conspiracy were well used by making stellar progress on the lavender baby sweater (the one Jax is laying on in a picture above).  


Feet: 28
Saddle: 32

All in all, not a bad week, possibly my last running week for three weeks...

Beth, happy the weather will hold so she can get out on the bike more

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weekly Recap: 10/2/2017 - 10/8/2017

PT on Monday morning was interesting.  I had peeled off the tape, it's NOT KT, it is some other heavy duty, nothing but nail polish gets the glue off sort of tape, not at all pliable.  I get a little of the stiff tape on my leg, but the under tape peels off nicely.   Friday I was really having problems with my balance.  This upsets me on a variety of levels and that then messes with my mind and my balance even more.  Sue put some tiny wedges in the inner side of my shoe, at the heel.  It was like freaking magic.  I was completely stable.  Even with a taxed quad, I could still balance on my right side.  I have one for my left now, also.  The kinetic chain.  I ran 3 miles, figuring this was a big difference to what I am used to and to not overtax a well taxed right side and a now coming to the party left side. It felt good.  Way better than my run on Friday, historically I'm spent by Friday and my Friday runs are nothing spectacular anyhow.  My knees are never going to get better, it is going to get worse, there is nothing to prevent that, well never running again.  The PT is to deal with strengthening the quads and loosening up the hammies to prevent the falling I've experienced while starting to run and even attempting to run across the street.

Gus wasn't so much for his walk and then he was and then he wasn't.  He's 10, he's old.

Finish Run for the Pumpkins 5K
Shhhh don't tell Sue I didn't have on my tape
Photo by Jana Walker

Not a running day on Tuesday, a meeting day, which worked out ok.  I went to the noon circuit class and that was fun.  Learning to work within my 30% bend in my knees while weighted was interesting.  I'll get it, eventually.  My late meeting was canceled so I went home early and took a bike ride out to Watch Hill and back.  I had just about enough time before sunset and dog dinner time.  Sunset is the more important variable.  I donned a warm jersey, snuggly warm, and it was perfect.  Of course, I had the wrong gloves so my hands weren't happy.  I'll get it all figured out, how to survive winter road rides.   A small investment in some appropriate outerwear will be a good use of that bonus I got a few months ago!  I knew that would come in handy.

Jax taking advantage of a higher vantage point to see what's going on.
I kept thinking he should yell STELLA!
Hills with Ro are Wednesday's fun! It was another day of crazy meeting times so we moved up our hill workout an hour and that worked out well.  This was the first time I managed to out bright Ro with my orange shorts.  Usually, she is so multi-colored bright you can see her 1/4 mile away!  Much better walk than the heat of last week.  We had gone out to dinner on Friday and she came over to my house to go for a Gus walk.  She was surprised how big the boys are!  80 lb dogs are big, I guess.  She said the pictures of them make them look small.  They were as gentlemanly as they could be and she said she enjoyed the stroll with Gus.  I'm never sure about letting anyone into this house, it's a disaster, well it is VERY lived in, by humans, dogs, and a few spiders (based on the webs in the corners - sorry Sheila, I'll clear them out when you visit!)

Faith and I were going to make a trek up to Treehouse Brewery, but the only thing they canned were IPAs.  Not my thing, or her thing.  We will go another time.  Jax got a hike and Gus got a long walk.  He is still limping but it isn't slowing him down and the bump on that leg doesn't bother him when I mess with it.  Again, he's 10, this is what happens...

Gus sad he hasn't seen the Bob Tailed Squirrel in a few weeks.
Back to PT on Thursday and I took a walk around the exercise loop on campus afterward.  I wanted to be outside and this worked for my purposes.  Finally made it to a Jealous Monk run.  Met up with Faith and we started early with the 5K loop.  I'm so painfully slow it's frustrating to watch everyone spread out in front of me plus it gets dark early these days and I have that tape on my knee and really just want to hide.  The loop was a hill loop and actually not that bad, I like the long slow climbs, the short steep ones, not so much.  We had a beer the Jealous Monk brewed and called it a night.  On the way home, I decided to get gas instead of scrambling to get it in the morning.  I picked up a razor blade in my tire.  I heard the air escaping as I drove to the gas station 2 blocks, then called Dave as I was pumping gas and he suggested I come home.  I wasn't sure if I would make it before all the air escaped.  5 blocks and I was a 2 lbs of pressure.  Dave changed the tire (thank you I can but I don't want to - kinda like he can vacuum but doesn't want to) and that's when I found the razor blade.  Loaded the whole thing up in the back of Eddie and crossed my fingers this wasn't going to turn into an ordeal like everything does with cars and me.

Razor blade in my tire is how Thursday ended.
Glad I was close to home!

While Friday is a running day, I was really more interested in the circuit class, Ro was teaching, I did that and then went off to deal with the tire.  I made an appointment, but then never asked for the tire size.  I was sure this was going to be a saga, tires and I are always a saga.  I hunkered down waiting for them to page me and tell me the saga.  The page was that my vehicle was ready.  What?  Are you kidding me?  Seriously?  It was.  The hole wasn't pluggable so they replaced the tire, stored the spare and the jack securely and appropriately (no shit!!) and plugged the small leak I had in the front right tire.  I've never bought a lottery ticket, but I should have on Friday, for sure!  I can fill a book with my tire sagas, maybe my life is going to have less tire drama for the next 50 years, the first 50 had more than one person should endure.  I went for a quick bike ride on the Tour de Farms loop, 3 miles of chip seal makes it a bit slow and a bit rough, still a nice ride and a nice way to end a good day I started convinced it was going to be horrible.  :)

The Bob Tailed Squirrel!

My running club's trail race, Run for the Pumpkins, was on Saturday,  I ran the 5K version of the race and it was good.  I enjoy a run in the woods and on marked trails where I'm most likely to NOT get lost, even better!  It was not a spectacular run, although I didn't fall at the start so that's something, right?

Me and Carol Ann Gray
Photo by Jana Walker
The rain on Sunday killed my plans to ride with the Narraganset Bay Wheelmen, I don't like riding in the rain, no one does I imagine.  I went out early from home and got in a decent 30-mile ride with the last mile being in the rain.


"The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy"
by Jeanne Birdsall such a nice light cute novel a nice break after some heavy stuff.  Looking forward to the other three books in the series.

"The Great Escape" by Paul Brickhill pretty heavy subject matter delivered in a very well thought out book.  I loved the movie when I saw it years ago.  Definitely, one I want to see again.  Hogan's Heros was definitely a light-hearted version of this reality.


Continued working on the lilac sweater.  I really should expand to a new pattern.  I like this one...


Feet:  26
Saddle: 66

Clearly, the -3 in weight means I am behind on my beer drinking.  Which was one of my most favorite sign-offs from my mother when she wrote me every day in college.

All in all a good, week, mostly because the joint pain seemed to disappear on the 7th, it was nice waking up not feeling like hell.

Beth, behind on her beer drinking

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/25/2017 - 10/1/2017

Seems like I post one of these and I have to start over again!  Funny how time simply does not stand still.  Monday didn't seem to contain anything spectacular.  I ran a 5K with my knee taped (from Friday's PT appt) and it felt pretty ok.  The tape was getting loose, still seemed to work.  Not a lot of pain after the run, climbing the stairs out of the gym and back to my office is not my favorite part of the post-run activities.  Lunch and shower tie for most favorite part of my post-run activities, the climb wasn't met with the same amount of tenderness.  Then again I only ran a 5K. I was jonesing for a run and if they are going to have to be short at least it was something.  I have to work within my own limitations.

My limitations are distance, the longer I run the more pain I am in post run.  Apparently, this is not normal to hobble constantly after running.  I thought everyone wanted to scream in pain on stairs and general walking the morning after a run, um no...  you guys who don't have this really are lucky.  Biking doesn't give me pain, 50 miles I have a little repetitive motion soreness nothing that cripples me like a run.  I do need to adjust my cleats to point out a few degrees so my knees track like they want to.  And I'm not a zero drop shoe candidate, I need that lift in my shoe to keep the knee tracking as well as it can.  There is nothing, short of shortening the lower tendons and lengthening the upper tendons to make the problem I have go away.  It is structural, not fixable.

PT will help me build up some strength in my quads and loosen my hamstrings to make this after a regular run pain something more manageable. I don't even want to think about how long it took for the pain to go away after 10+ mile runs and to know NOW that wasn't normal.

Gus wasn't much into a walk, it was chicken cooking night and we left in the middle of Dave cleaning up the kitchen and Gus was sure he was missing out on some goodies.  He wasn't, but he led me back home as quick as he could!

Gus embracing his inner curmudgeon.
He took copious notes on how Gizmo behaved and slowly he plays each card.
Woke up to fog, no sun, and Jax's foot in my face on Tuesday. After my PT appointment, I ran with a friend in stealth mode so it was an imaginary friend run.  We did the run 5 minutes walk a minute routine.  It was nice.  Another blogger I follow does this, she was diagnosed with RA and that seems to help her manage her all the time pain.  I am really not good at running walking running walking, by the end, I was so ready to throw in the towel but managed to keep going!  It was humid and I was drenched in sweat and exhausted.  We managed to solve most of the world's problems in our hour-long run, so it was time well spent.  Now if we could get someone to listen to us!

Walked both the dogs, sometimes this goes well sometimes not.  It had been a while since I subjected all three of us to this torture and it went pretty well.  Plus with the humidity, they weren't interested in being out long and once we got home they were happy to sack out and snooze till bedtime.   Plus I think Dave enjoyed an hour of completely alone time.

High maintenance Jax demanding I scratch his back,

When is summer going to end?  It's the 27th of September this humid and 80 shit has to end.  Not a fun Wednesday on the hills with Ro.  At least we could keep each other motivated and not tempted to throw ourselves off a cliff!   Jax turned 7 today.  Wonder if he will eventually ACT his age.  Probably not.  I woke up this morning with him sticking his paws in my face, again, to get me to wake up and scratch his back.  Gus stays in the Gus Hut until after the Jax attention fest is over then he climbs into bed for his scritchy scratchy time.  I could get to work at least 30 minutes earlier if it wasn't for these high maintenance dogs, ha ha ha.

The Dumb Game, he stares at the ball until I throw it.
He whines or paws the ottoman if I'm not playing.
Wednesday morning I got the call that it isn't any of the categories of Lyme, and I had a positive antinuclear antibodies titer.  None of this means anything, I get to see a Rhumetologitst and have more tests.  Lovely.  Kinda made the day a bit of a bummer and that lasted into Thursday.  I thought I had PT and I could wear the same shorts for that for the Beer'd run.  I didn't have PT, and the weather was so nice, I was still a little down from my test results, in reality, they told me nothing, and that is where I landed.  I don't know what I don't know and life goes on as usual.  I had quite a bit of tedious work to deal with and I focused on that knowing I'd get my run in at Beer'd.  Well, that didn't happen.  Oh well, forces beyond my control.  I was happy to go home and it was cool and dry and early so I leashed up Gus and we went for a walk, it ended up being 3 miles and I think he would have gone further.  This cheered me up as it is his longest walk in months.  He was energetic the entire walk and persistent on where HE wanted to go. 

I only went to the car to load my bike for Sunday.
You'd think I was leaving for a week.
But then again, they never know when I'll come back.
PT on Friday was a bit more mood lighting.  It's not that I CAN'T its that I have to want to manage the pain.  Fair enough.  I'm a big enough wimp, I'll settle for a 1/2 once a year and be good with that.  Maybe the therapist was in a better mood or maybe she had a better feel for what I was capable of and willing to do and willing to put up with?  I felt much more positive.  Went out for a short run, and ran into some of my EB running pals, Dave and Neils, with a 1/2 mile to go.  Dave was all for walking with me (I was walking at the time), but I decided I'd run in with the guys.  My pace picked up dramatically, with the company and it was a slight downhill.  Dave's back to running after a Lyme saga, then knee surgery, and something else.  He is happy to be out there at whatever pace.  I don't know much about Neils story.

The weather was for rain from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  I went to bed with that in my mind and the day not being ideal for the planned bike ride.  The EBAC ride was canceled, so I'd have a good chance to rest up for the Horrible Hundred on Sunday, plus the weather is ideal, topping in the mid-60s.  I think I have a chance of getting that done 100 miles 7,300 feet of gain in less than 10 total hours, probably 8 hours of ride time.  The weather was not as predicted so Gus got a walk when he would rather be napping and then Jax at the regular walk time.

The new faucet for the utility sink in the basement!
Been a long time to come and working with old plumbing is never fun,
Score one for the Imaginary Husband, he figured out how to make it work.

So, Sunday, I was up at 5:08 a.m. (I set the alarm for an odd time, dunno one of those funny things).  I needed to be out by 5:30 a.m. to be in Niantic for 6 a.m. start for the Horrible Hundred.  It was 45F and dark and the sun doesn't come up until 6:45 a.m. what the actual f-ck is this non-sense.  I put in my contacts and braided my hair and said 'oh f-ck it' and went back to bed.  Dave woke up at 7 a.m. looked over and said: "What are YOU doing here?"  I replied:  "Um I'm your wife, I live here, we've been sharing a bed for more than 20 years, this is now a surprise for you to wake up and find me here?  Who were you expecting?"  Wink wink grin grin.  Surprise surprise he remembered I was supposed to be riding.  DOH!  He said: "You would be better off on the Mountain bike today, it's gonna be cold, going up those hills slow and freezing and then going down at 30 mph with the wind chilling your achy joints."  Gotta hand it to him he gives as good as he gets.  

I got up and fed the dogs and Jax and I curled up first under a fleece blanket and when that clearly wasn't cutting it, he nearly shoved me off my chair pressing against me for warmth, I pulled out a quilt and laid that over us.  Ahhhhhh.  Gus was more than a little miffed, he told me all about it later.  

He was so content and warm!  Ahhhhh

I decided to get off my lazy arse and ride the Clyde's Apple Cider route Faith and Jessica and I were going to do in a couple weeks.  It would be good to check it out to make sure the roads were ok.  Boombridge has chip stone between 184 and Clarks Falls, but we won't be going at a breakneck speed so it will be ok and probably more tamped down in a couple weeks.  Everything else was fine, pshew!  Clyde's was a madhouse, the line was around the building.  Kikies.  I went into Mystic and stopped at Sift, I hadn't heard great things, but thought I'd give it a shot, maybe these people were uber picky.  For what I paid the hot chocolate and croissant (while as big as my head) was mediocre at best.  And now I know.  The place was packed and some MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) were trying to beat me to the front door.  After nearly running into me on my bike.  I'm not a MAMIL fan, fortunately the men I ride with are nowhere near middle aged (they are a 1 maybe 3 years older than me and I'm certainly no where CLOSE to middle aged) and they are kind and bust balls and uteruses equally.  

MAMIL  ---  ha ha ha
Gus toured me around all the folks in the neighborhood grilling out.  One of the down sides of walking him before dinner, he is hungry and food focused.  The up side is not having to move after people dinner!  :)


Finished:  "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune" by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Wow! From a curiosity about an empty mansion to opening up our eyes to the history and life of an heiress. How fascinating. Huguette Clark was reclusive by her own devices and surrounded herself with people who WANTED to be around her for her being her not for her money. Although there were points I thought, "what a scum bag, they just want her money, she is far too generous" then I would reconsider and think about how she interacted with people and truly she knew what she was doing. The contesting of her will left a very sour taste in my mouth, others who had squandered away their portion of the W.A. Clark copper fortune were now latching on to the last child of W.A. Clark, at 105 years old to get what they believed was rightfully theirs, hardly, IMHO, for people who never acknowledge their 'dear' Aunt Huguette was alive. As frustrating as parts of this book were, overall it was worth the read and reinforced, to me, the root of evil is the desire for excessive wealth.

Started: "The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy" by Jeanne Birdsall

Seems to be a cute novel about a widowed father taking his four daughters on vacation and they manage to get into all sorts of trouble!  Very light and fun.  There are three more novels, a series will be fun!


Finished one sweater (off white), started on another (lilac).  Tis the season.  I need to sew some buttons on the washed stash and start giving these out.  I'm gonna die and people are going to find bags of baby sweaters and think I lamented being childless.  HA!  Hardly.


Feet:  31
Saddle: 32

Not a bad week, not a great week, my mood needs a little improvement.

Beth, and on into October we go, looking forward to spooky yard decorations and roasting vegetables

Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/18/2017 - 9/24/2017

Monday -  Uneventful drive back to RI.  Listened to books and didn't have to pull into a rest area to take a nap, I'll call that a win.  I did forget to get the Black Butte Porter, Rachel has some for me from her last trip to the heartland.  I stopped at the Kroger in OH instead of Meijer and didn't even look for non-Ohio beer.   This is why I need a list.  I was kinda bummed I couldn't go to the nifty craft beer store in Ann Arbor, but that would have worked my last nerve dealing with the traffic.  I lived there I remember one Saturday leaving the house early and then getting stuck in football traffic, it felt like hours to go 8 miles.

Driving and unpacking once I got home.  I'm getting pretty proficient at not packing too much stuff!  My knee did the crumply thing after so many hours in the car.  The last few through NJ and CT I can't rely on the cruise control because there are so many people on the road and I want to be away from them.  I did manage to not yell and scream in frustration too terribly much.  Going East over the Tapanzee was nice for a change!  We have four lanes as the Westbound are now on the new bridge in their 4 lanes.  Although they looked pretty backed up, who knows what that is all about.   Took a bit of walking around and finally, things clicked back to where they are supposed to be, and I felt more stable walking around.

Tuesday - I woke up, ate breakfast and Jax and I took a nap.  LAZY!  Then I went on a run and still didn't feel quite right.  Takes a while to unwind and get back into home mode.  I'm glad I take the day after I drive back off.  I dealt with some work eMail, I didn't bring my computer home, this limits me to what I can get done on the phone, which isn't much, and that is perfect.    It was fun to run on sidewalks and be able to have lots of choices which direction I went.  But that also makes it tough because I can cut my run short, my MI runs are some factor of 5 miles long due to the midwest farm grid.  I did groan when I wasn't even at 2 miles and so ready to be done. The run after a long drive is always tough.  I'm glad I got out there and did it.  Plus it's so much nicer to take a shower when I feel like I earned it after sweating like a pig.

The son of a friend of Dave's gave him some clams.  They looked pretty good.  Dave ate two and there was one left, he decided Jax might like that as a treat.  I wasn't in the mood for raw clam.  I dumped this in Jax's food bowl and he took one sniff of it and looked at me like WTF is this crap?  He ate a little then diligently picked out each bit of clam and plopped it on the floor.  Well, I did need to wash the floor.  Gus thought this was nifty and got a piece of clam, he was up and down starting at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.  Lucky me....  Jax stared daggers through me the rest of the night.

Wednesday - Crazy day being gone from work for 4 days and not really diligently checking eMail.  I needed the break.  Ro and I got out for a short flat walk, at least it was something.  Jax was very dubious about what exactly I'd be serving him for his dinner and slowly went to his bowl sniffing and giving me side-eye when it was his regular kibble he was quite content to stop being suspicious and eat his food.  Gus got the first part of the walk then Jax.  While it is longer it is easier on me to walk them separately.  Gus needs a bit longer of a walk that Jax, Jax gets bored after 20 minutes Gus could wander for hours.  They are so very different.

I saw this guy in the park over the summer.  
I see a lot of cardinals on bike rides.
Legend? has it cardinals are people we knew in life coming back in their death to keep an eye on us.
I'm pretty sure this is Andrew checking on me.

Good to know someone has their eyes peeled!
Thursday -  I took a circuit training class at work, at lunch, that was fun, well fun if you like sweating and lifting weights and being generally uncomfortable for 45 minutes while Chris tries to get someone to bite on betting him 500 burpees on the Sox or the Yankees.  I think that's baseball, and not really sure which would be the good bet, but based on the snickers and banter I think the Yankees are the better bet.  At the end of class, I was certain it was 4 p.m.  It wasn't it was 1 p.m. and I hadn't even had lunch yet.  My mind is going, it really really is, I'm certain, or maybe it's Lyme disease....  blood tests will soon discover the true cause of my memory loss, never-ending or remedied aches, and fever.

Beer'd run with Rachel, or rather me chasing Rachel, which is fine.  I don't put in the effort so I don't see the results.  Kinda simple how that works!!

Gus got a walk and decided it would be good fun to poop a lot and on tall grass, making it hard for me to clean up.  We ran out of bags and I directed him home.  He pouted, in fact, he pouted until bedtime.  I'm so mean.  Jax went out for a short walk, he has a short attention span and is freaked out by everything in the dark...  Poor guy.

Whisker'd Wit with Pineapple
Surprisingly tasty with the Pineapple, even for not fruit beer people!

Friday - Doc ordered the Lyme Panel and an Antinuclear Antibody Panel for the fatigue and constant joint pain and achiness.  This came with the questions about anyone in the family has Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis, not to my knowledge.  A cousin has Myasthenia gravis which is an autoimmune disease and another with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia which is starting to be classified as autoimmune, but that is a new classification.  Of course, if I have anything I have Lyme, Darcy and Rob were diagnosed in their 30's with these things and I am 50....  probably I'm a hypochondriac who is stressed out over her knees and long-term running prospects, or it is Lyme.

Met with the Physical Therapist today.  She was glad I filled in lots of information on the form, her initial suspicion with a PT order for Osteo Arthritis was that I would come shuffling in barely able to move.  Clearly not my problem, I can move, my problem is I fall down when I start to run!  ha ha.  We got off to an awkward start as I do with most anyone I meet native to New England, it's clearly my odd personality combine with my sarcasm.  Recently, I was told, "You are the most sarcastic coolest bitch." Clearly, this puts many people on their back foot.   And that has to be one of the most awesome compliments I've received - believe me I WILL take you up on your offer to get drunk!  Anyhow, back on my knees... She did a really thorough evaluation and I wasn't even sure how to answer some of the questions.  About 1/2 through she said, my goal is to keep you running not stop you running, and that helped me relax.  Because really, while I'm not a superstar I enjoy running, I enjoy the freedom it gives me and how easy it is to do.  I love love love cycling, that takes way more time and planning and not something portable or frankly practical.  Cycling is a nice way to spend the day.

The structure of my knees is not good for running, bottom line.  She taped my right knee and left my left knee as is so I could feel the differences between my high patela condition and a more normal patella.  After 4 miles of dog walks, I could tell the difference.  Far easier to walk up the steps with pressure on my right knee.  Fascinating.  The human body I am in such awe of it!

One of the many murals painted around town!
I'm enjoying finding them.

Up and out Saturday morning to meet Sir George, George, and John for a 50-mile bike ride, the point of the ride was to get cider and donuts at Clyde's in Mystic CT.  We started at the Richmond RI Town Hall and it was 22 miles to Clydes and 28 back.  Sir George asked for some suggestions on roads and he picked the ones which worked with his route and they ended up being perfect.  Because I managed to delete my ride, I paused the Garmin when we stopped with 3/4 of a mile to go to fix John's blown front tire.  He hit a sharp pothole and POOF flat tire.  It was nice to be on familiar roads but knowing that I had to bike back to my car to drive home made the last few miles tough.  That and I am tired and someone turned up the heat!  We missed a few hot August days so they are being made up in September.  Seems like making up extra snow days in June?

George, Sir George, Me, John

Woke up late lacking motivation on Sunday.  Got myself pulled together for a short bike ride to the beaches, stopping to watch the surfers at Misquamicut for a while then the rich people in Watch Hill while I munched on an ice cream cone, that's a good breakfast right?  It has protein?

Enjoyable ride, I worked on the hill climbing suggestion Sir George gave me during our ride.  


A bit more progress on the sweater.  Gotham is back on, so there was some TV to knit to, but damn it's still a bit hot even for knitting on a baby sweater.


Finished "The Green Road" by Anne Enright - nice calm story, nothing exciting, really rather a pleasant story.

Started "Empty Mansions:  The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune" by Bill Dedman - fascinating, I feel bad for Huguette, born into unimaginable wealth and surrounding herself with people it seems who want her only for her money.  But at the same time she is one smart cookie who knew what she was doing, as I'm getting towards the end it seems like those people I'm perceiving as leeches, latching on to what she can do for THEM, may actually be protecting her from a family she separated herself from.  I need to borrow this on the Kindle so I can see the photographs.   One never really knows WHY a house, a home, a mansion, a castle, an apartment on NY Upper East Side sits vacant, they have their stories to tell.


Feet:  24  (sneaking up on 1,165 for the year)

Saddle: 77 (sneaking up on 2,240 for the year)

Beth, with a little bit to contemplate running vs cycling and stupid high kneecaps.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weekly Update: 9/11/2017 - 9/17/2017

Recovery from The Flattest Century in the East wasn't too bad, with the trip to my parents I knew this was going to be a really low mileage week and I needed one.

Monday - my appointment with the ortho was in the afternoon and I didn't have time to get out and even walk.  My DX: Patella Alta and advancing osteoarthritis in both knees.  While the right is the one giving ME problems the doc fixated on the left and its tissue paper thin cartilage.   The cartilage is worn away because of the structure of my knee, my knee cap sits too high on my knee and movement causes friction against the cartilage and it wears away, the pounding of running excels this process. 

I'll get some PT to strengthen the muscles around the knee and some fluid injected under both knee caps and see how that goes.  Doc did mention that my muscles, tendons, and ligaments are doing their job quite well.  Probably the falling/weakness/crumpling is due to the kneecap catching on the cartilage and my leg not straightening.  He seems less concerned about that more about my left knee.  I don't have to stop running, I probably should cycle more, however not stand up on the pedals as that causes the pressure I should be avoiding.  

All very fascinating the mechanics of the body. I feel a little relieved that I won't be running any more marathons or ultras and at the same time disappointed.  As my mother says "You are not a natural athlete."

Tuesday - NYC day.  Mehest - Not good, not bad, just kinda like "Why am I still awake for this".  Both Biddy and I are over this project in the worst way.  

This is out by my parents, I always love the lone tree in the middle of a field.
These are soybeans.

Wednesday - Hills with Ro, nice to be back to something normal.

My childhood kitty is buried with the willow tree.  I visit Bells everytime I go home.

Thursday - Drive to MI

My parents are very big into "NO" signs

Friday -  The P loop from my parent's house.  Saw a field of turkey vultures, with one sitting atop a pole.  I hoped I was fast enough he wasn't going to round up what looked to be 50 of them pecking around a mown hayfield and try and chase me down for a more substantial breakfast.

The prairie and the trees co-mingled in the back 80.

Saturday - Did my beer run despite the caution from my father that it was a football Saturday in Ann Arbor.  He suggested I try the new Meijer a bit further out of Ann Arbor, and it was a success, they have a very lovely and large selection of MI beers.   When I got back we all went on a walk around the farm/forest.  Things are progressing nicely since we all started planting trees on 75 of the unforested acres.  The big plantings of 10,000 trees per year happened 1995 - 1998 I believe.  My mom has this all nicely documented.  I have memories of the weekend in April we did this each year, I've probably gotten the details all wrong (except year 1 I remember that clearly).

Year 1:  sitting in the tree planter shoving evergreen saplings in the ground at designated intervals while sucking in exhaust from the tractor.  
Year 2: hardwood planting was a bit less exhaust filled for some reason, my brother and I were really dreading the planter and the exhaust
Year 3: I'm thinking the planter worked well this time.  
Year 4: the ground was soaked after a very very very wet spring and dad couldn't use the tractor so we did this all by hand it was hardwood and it was some freakishly long days.

The pines on the left are from the first planting, they would be about 23 years old.
It was opening day of private land hunting, better to be safe than sorry.
The guys usually manage to harvest a few of the pesky tree eaters during the season.

Sunday - Did the 'hilly loop' backward, which means I have to cross and run on the busy hardtop road.  No incidents.  We met up with my middle brother and his family to watch Jin at LAX practice.  Jin is 7 this year and a very quiet docile boy, John and Julie were really surprised once they put him in the LAX gear he was busy bopping other kids on the helmet with sticks too.  It's fun watching all these wee people run around!  Guess I need to learn about LAX?

They usually can see him amongst the other kids (he is Korean) but with the helmet and pads, he looks like the rest of them.
He and John went on a boys night shopping trip to get some bright colors so they could pick him out amongst the other wee people.  ha ha!  It worked!

Not a high mileage week, I knew that going in.  I was going to bring my mountain bike out to my parents and ride around the back roads, gravel grind.  I decided the gear and the bike would take up valuable beer space so I left that home.  Plus I'm having issues with the tubeless back tire staying inflated. 

Knitting:  Made some excellent progress on the usual baby sweater.  

Reading:  Finished "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus.  I thought it was true, parts of it are, but the whole thing isn't true.  It was a great story and a good read and gave me lots to think about.  The reviews are mostly "that it is a horrible untrue book", feh.  Enjoy the mind candy when it is presented to you.

Started "The Green Road" by Anne Enright, a nice calm novel about a family.  


Feet:  23
Saddle: 0


Beth, good to go home and then to be home. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

TFCE - The Flattest Century in the East 2017

This is the 3rd time I've done this century.  2014, 2015, and this year.  I'm glad we took 2016 off, it made this time more enjoyable.  Although with over 3,153 Garmin 810 (3,827 per Ride with GPS) in elevation gain over 100 miles is it really THE flattest century in the East?

I did a little digging into other century rides and found the 2017 EBAC (Electric Boat Athletic Club) Solstice Century was 2,567 Garmin 500 (2,961 per Ride with GPS) on Long Island.

In any event, the TFCE has the undulating coastline of MA and RI and the fact you aren't going 50 miles into the wind and 50 miles with the wind at your back....  The north wind was strong for the TFCE, at least we were in and out of the wind and got a break from time to time.

This is really a great ride and if you are considering a century, this is a really nice one.  The aid stations are well stocked, the volunteers are helpful, the route is well marked (GPS is my preferred navigational tool), the scenery is amazingly beautiful and there are very few cars, and where there are left turns or tricky spots to navigate the Narraganset Bay Wheelmen have provided police service.  The EBAC LI Century is self-supported, so if you aren't prepared you are, well, screwed, only brought one spare tube and no patch kit?  Call Uber? Hope a fellow rider packed two spare tubes OR a patch kit.

Not sure what else to say.  We rolled off before 7:30 a.m. and the first rest stop is 31 miles in, I'd prefer 20, but hey beggers can't be choosers.  The next rest stop is mile 48, this is one of my favorite stops in Tiverton Four Corners, such a pretty part of RI, and the ride out till the next rest stop at mile 72 is beautiful, one of my favorite sections on my favorite century ride.  We all pretty much had enough with 12 miles left.  We stopped at the bridge, got our picture taken watched a few people take a dip in the water and rolled off, tenderly sitting in our saddles and hoping the final stretch of north wind would be kind.  




Beth, looking for the next century ride!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekly Recap: 9/4/2017 - 9/10/2017

A day off of work on Monday is nice, sorry Leslie, I know you work on Monday's.  :( but remember you have breakfast beer when I'm at work, ha ha ha!

I went out for a ride.  I was so not into the ride.  I wanted to be.  I never got into it, sadly.  Maybe had I stopped for a muffin in Mystic or a donut at Clyde's Cider Mill my attitude may have shifted.  I thought, oh, I'm approaching 30 miles, I can stop at Grey Sail for a pint.  Sadly it was MONDAY, they are closed....  ;(  first world problems to the max!!

Got Gus out for a walk, we met the new neighbors and he totally was not into a walk so he steered us home and we watched TV.  I know, crazy!!!  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button held our interest, I'm very very very behind on TV watching, I just learned how to use the new remote on Friday.  HA HA HA.  Dave saves movies for me to watch then asks if I've gotten to them.  When it's cold and dark and I knit then yeah, I'll get to them.

Went out for a run, August appears to be back, for this first Tuesday in September.  Lovely.  Crutch was working on that road by the beach and yelled out from his truck where he was having lunch, Paul's Pasta, absolute torture smelling all that garlic and pasta, ugh....  he gave me a hug and proclaimed me sweaty.  Well duh, I was 1.5 miles into a humid run, well a slog, sort of a slow lethargic job.  Nothing really felt good and I should have stayed in for class but my meeting got out too late to make it to the 11:15 class.  Stupid work...  I got 5, a slow 5 and I hobbled the rest of the afternoon.  I'm a mess.

300ish miles vs 0 miles...  

Did one of the Healthy Workouts on Wednesday instead of running, the weather was a bit crazy with a micro burst or some sort of thing with 50 MPH winds clocked near by.  Trees were sideways and we lost 20 trees on campus.  A person lost their life in a neighboring town.  A few friends lost parts of roof and decks.  It was smart to stay inside, plus I was tired.  Feeling every year of my 50 years and tired.  The routine was good and just what I needed.  The gals were supposed to go to Block Island today, I would have managed that just fine, the weather killed it.  Probably for the best.  Hopefully another time. Got out for a walk with Gus then with Jax, and mid walk with Jax the rain started again.  He is skittish in the dark to being with (we are working on it and he has improved immensely) rain?  He's not a fan.  He knew the quickest way home and directed me that way.  I am so impressed with how smart these dogs are!

I suck at parking at an angle

Run with Faith scheduled for Thursday and I was really not feeling it, as I walked off campus she was coming up on my left, having already run 5 miles, I was hoping that wore her out.  Thing is with Ultra Runners in training, it's hard to wear them out.  I remember Chris telling me I looked fresh as a daisy crossing the line for a 1/2 marathon a few weeks out from the ultra I ran in 2015.  I do admit I miss how easy it was to run and run in those days.... the time commitment though...  When we reached Jupiter Point time, I asked how long and she said 4 would be ok.  I know she was being nice...  so we went down Bayberry, which isn't a point but it is a boat launch where she can park for free and launch her kayak and she hadn't been down there so we did that out and back, tacking on not even close to a mile before we did Avery Point and Eastern Point.  All told it was 6 miles, 2 more than I thought I had in me.  I really am getting lazy in my old age....

Sunshine disgusted there is a dog in her house.

Then I ran the Beer'd fun run 3.2 miles and had a beer with Rachel.  I felt like completely cow manure when I got home and wanted to curl up in a ball with my achy feverish body and never wake up.

Circuit class for Friday.  I did get to talk to one of the trainers at the gym about my Wobbly Crumply knee.  She said she wondered what was going on but it seemed like I was modifying as I needed to.  I hate seeming like one of those perpetually injured people with this long laundry list of ailments and physical therapists and doctors.   I'm having a bit of a rough time at the moment and it will pass and I hope to have some PT and be on my way to smoother running.

Ran the Stavros Beach Fun Run in the evening.  Faith was going to go for her seed time for Manchester but wasn't really going to be able to hold the 8:30 pace necessary, especially with the headwind on the back half (1.5 with the wind and 1.5 into the wind).  I can hold an 8:30 for about 200 yards so I'm of no help.  She decided to not make this miserable and run easy with me.  While I used to get so pissed about that.  I do run easy, I don't like to be miserable while I run so I put in 75% effort for anything "hard" and am good with that.  We started out way too fast, I get caught up in the excitement and then have to back way down to a reasonable pace.  I wonder what it would be like if I started at that reasonable pace.  In this case, it was 9:30  I think we could have held that for the whole thing had I not gone out like a bat out of hell.  On the way back, Faith did break the wind for me a bit and it was welcome.  Our last 1.5 were a bit slower than the first, still, she was like a work horse keeping a steady pace, it was me slogging.  I'm lazy, what can I say...  seriously, I am.

Gus finally got his ice cream!

Saturday was a rest day.  I did that and didn't look at Strava and then beat myself about the head and neck for not doing anything.  I've been feeling tired and really really really spacey lately, I KNEW I needed a veg and catch up day.  I did that and was better for it leading into TFCE (The Flattest Century in the East) for Sunday.  I'll catch you up with that later.... for now, to get this published....

Knitting:  Making some progress, I'll make MUCH MUCH more when I visit my parents.

Reading:  OMG I finished Ulysses on Sunday. I am SO glad to have that over and done with.   I started "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus.  The promise of 1,000 White Women to become the brides and child bearers of Cheyenne Indians (in return for 1,000 horses.  Let me set this straight in math:  1 child bearing white woman = 1 horse (of unknown abilities), good to know).  Specifically, May Dodd, released to the "Brides for Indians" program from the asylum she was interred to by her ostentatious blue blood family because of her penchant for being a woman of her own mind.  Completely something acceptable in the 1800's let alone the 1900's or the 2000's.  This was my mother's book club book, I totally latched on to it because we will have grand fun discussing it when I visit this month!  Seriously...


Foot:  26
Saddle: 133

Beth, better get cracking on that TFCE post....