Friday, August 17, 2007

Tired, I am. Yes.

I went for a swim tonight and felt like bricks were attached to my arms. I barely finished it, I was so tired and bored. While waiting for Pirate to show up for the swim, I nodded off three times, so I finally went and got in the pool to wake myself up.

This morning I got up and ran 7 miles, faster than I usually do, but that was pretty much it for the day.

As the day went on, I got more and more tired. I finally took the kids outside to work, which was good for all of us. As one of my students stood up to walk outside, he whined, "I'm tired. They made me run a mile, Miss!"

And I said, "Hmmmph. Lightweight!"

I was so tired that I was all set to blow off my swim workout, which is actually yesterday's workout. Then Pirate called me and asked if I needed to swim. Um. Do I need to swim? Need to? Hmm.

Dammit, I guess I did. Which is why I was sitting falling asleep in the reception area at the gym.

Well, as I wrote earlier, my crank fell off Saturday at the beginning of what was supposed to be a 60 mile ride. As I've learned, the bad shifting problem I was experiencing is a symptom of such an event.

The Rockette was taken in to the bike doctor, and when I went to pick it up on Thursday, the guy said, basically, "As I was telling your husband, it doesn't look too bad, but there's about a 50 percent chance that it might fall off again. If it does, it will be within about the next fifty miles."

So let's break this down:
  1. It's very possible that my crank may fall off again.
  2. If my crank is going to fall off, it will be within the next fifty miles.
  3. If it doesn't, it probably won't fall off.
Now, as it turns out, I've already gone 30 miles, and tomorrow, I'm doing another 40, so if it's going to fall off it will be tomorrow. If that happens, I'll have to have another put on. They don't have exactly the one I have, but they do have a DuraAce one that can put it on before I fly out Thursday morning.

I'm kind of nervous about this. Pirate says I should call a different Bike doctor and get a second opinion. I'm tempted because I'd rather fly out with a new crank on Thursday than with one that's already fallen off once. A crank that falls off is a disloyal part. I want loyal parts, parts that don't fall off.

Anyway. I'm not getting any less tired typing away, so I'm going to bed. Here's my workout for the next 9 days:

Saturday - 40 mile easy ride.
Sunday - 5 mile run, 1500 m swim
Monday - 0ff
Tuesday - 1000m swim, 25 mile bike, 4 mile run
Wendesday - Off
Thursday - Afternoon 3 mile run
Friday - 15 mile ride on part of the IM bike course
Saturday - 500 meter swim in the Ohio river
Sunday - Ironman Louisville



  1. Geez-that crank thing has to be stressful! I would look into a second opinion too...(ask MArk mac in the club)..Coming down to the wire-how exciting!!

  2. I would get a new crank put on ASAP and use my next rides to build my confidence in the new equipment. The big day is too close to tempt disaster. Therefore, I would switch the Sat and Sunday routines, if the bike guy could do the work on Saturday. Just my 2 cents.

  3. Good luck!!!! You're almost there....

    Your story is very inspiring btw :)

  4. You will have the chance to get many opinions on this from the bike tech folks at the IM...if that's any consolation. I hope you can get it settled soon.


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