Winter finally made it to Colorado this week! I guess we were jealous of the entire country, so we needed our share of snow!
2/15: Easy 8.3 miles. Left the house with bright sunshine and blue skies, and after about 45 minutes later, I could just see the clouds rolling over the mountains. By the time I reached the last mile, snow flurries started. Colorado weather changes so quickly!
2/16: President’s Day! Day off from work!! Took the day to ride 31 on the trainer. Evening workout of weights then 3 @ 23:25.
2/17: Had great intentions of waking up early for a workout, but I could not get out of bed! My muscles were achy, my stomach hurt, I had a horrible headache, and I had bathroom issues! My thought was that I was getting sick again, which was odd since I had no warning signs. I couldn’t focus at work. My head was pounding. I did make it to my run group workout to coach and managed just over 3 miles. I still felt awful! I spent most of the night curled up in a blanket watching TV. I felt like every muscle in my body had arthritis.
2/18: Decided to move forward from yesterday and try a workout. I couldn’t get through 10 minutes of running without major stomach issues and heavy breathing–just on the warm-up! GRRRRRRR!!! Somehow, I made it through 2 miles, then I had to stop. I was so upset, and then I started to think about what illness I may have? Mono? Pneumonia? Bronchitis? I got ready for work, including taking my daily supplements (which included a multi-vitamin), and I got my answer. I grabbed my bottle of multi-vitamins, literally had it in my mouth ready to swallow, when I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye that one of the main ingredients was wheat!!! Are you kidding me??? For those of you who don’t know, I have a gluten allergy that I have dealt with for most of my life. Usually, when I accidentally have wheat/gluten, I have much worse symptoms, but since this was likely a trace, they weren’t as bad as usual. Son of a bitch! You would think after all of these years, I would remember to READ food labels! I spit out that vitamin immediately. Once I discovered the issue, it made perfect sense. I bought the vitamins on Monday night, and took one when I got home from the store, then again Tuesday morning after my botched workout. No wonder why I felt so much better on Monday morning! I did manage 4 miles in the evening with some stomach pains and cramps–not sure if that was smart, but it was needed more for my mental sanity!
2/19: Morning weights then 10 miles on the bike. 2,750m swim in the evening. Feeling much better after lots of bathroom visits throughout the evening & day.
2/20: Time to try a workout. 15 minutes easy; 15 minutes at goal half marathon pace; 15 minutes at goal half ironman/half marathon pace. Felt much better, but I really had to go when I was done. 6.1 miles done! Weights & 1,750m swim in the evening.
2/21/: 10 miles in 1:19 before the 15 inches of snow! Felt easy and controlled. Weights and 12.65 miles on the trainer before heading out to a birthday party.
Running: 37.1 miles
Biking: 53.65 miles
Swimming: 2.77 miles
Weights: 2 + hours