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"Winter Time", Post Canyon Injuries, and Other Random Thoughts

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My plan after the Canyon was to jump right back into my routine. Well that hasn't happened yet and it's a bit discouraging. 4 years ago I dislocated my knee cap. It loosed the tendons and ligaments around my knee cap so bad that my knee cap sat a half inch to the right from where it should have been. I went through physical therapy, which worked pretty well, but now and again especially after something strenuous it flares back up again. So after my hike I'm back in my knee brace and know I can't get back to my regular TKB, Zumba, or ST until it feels better. My toe nail is also still turning purple -- but is feeling a little better, though I still can't wear close toed shoes which is also preventing me from any sort of fitness. GRRRR. I'm thinking swimming some laps at the gym pool might be a good idea but between work, halloween stuff, and home life I just need to find the time. I know I shouldn't make excuses I should just do it! Maybe after my errands tonight I'll go take care of that :)

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Yesterday in typical Arizona weather fashion the temperature dropped 30 degrees. Most places get "Fall weather" well we don't. It goes from 90 to winter over night. So yesterday when I woke up and it was 48 degrees out (cold for us thin blooded desert dwellers) I was like WOAH okay winter is here YAY! So last night hubby and I decided it was the perfect night to make a batch of home made chili and curl up on the couch for some movie time (Transformers 2). We went to the store to get all of our chili ingredients and I was very frustrated with the canned tomato selection at Albertson's. Did you know they don't stock the "no salt added" tomato products?? WTH is that about? Even Wal-Mart carries them! So rather than racking up the sodium with the canned tomatoes we decided to just use fresh tomatoes along with the organic kidney, pinto, & black beans, plus extra lean ground turkey, corn, & jalapeno peppers (we like it spicy). It was soo mmm mmm good and really hit the spot on a "cold" night (cold for us anyways LOL)

Not the "standard" chili but it was still delicous and healthy!


Now that the Canyon is behind me I'm thinking of what I want to accomplish next. On TV the other night there was a commercial for a tri-athatlon at Lake Pleasant on November 1st. A 1/2 mile swim, 17 mile bike ride, and a 5K. That seems totally do-able!! Unfortunate timing but I'm thinking this is something I'd really like to train for. I have never really been a swimmer per say, but I'd certainly like to try -- plus I hear swimming is a really good full body work out. I'd have to trade in my beach cruiser for a road bike which is something I've been meaning to do anyways, but YAH I'd LOVE to try a triathatlon! Also, next year, I have a group of people that want to do a rim to rim hike at the Canyon. Different than the hike I just did, we'd start at the North Rim of the Canyon and spend 2 days hiking through the Canyon to the south rim (its about 25 miles I think). It would certainly be more challenging than the hike we just did with a lot more elevation changes. Last year my brother did the Bright Angel trail and it took him almost 9 hours to get back to the top because of all the steep elevation changes. Also, with the rim to rim you don't have the option of helichoptering out your pack as we did with the Havasu Falls hike. I certainly learned a lot though on this last trip of what you truly need to pack so hopefully next time around I will get away with a much lighter pack!

Okay well my procrastinating is done for today, its time for me to get back to work I just wanted to share a few things with everyone. Hope all is well :)
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  • MOMMAROLEMODEL
    all these sound like great goals.
    4181 days ago
  • PINODIVITA
    We had 50 degree weather yesterday and we were all saying what a beautifully warm day it was! LOL
    4181 days ago
  • JACQUELINEJO
    Training for a triathlon sounds fantastic! I know what you mean about your knee, I dislocated mine a few years ago and I still have troubles with it sometimes. I hope it is better soon though! In east Texas our weather changes like that as well. I have to go from AC to heat in the same day. lol
    4182 days ago
  • MICHARM
    I hope your knee gets better soon...I know exactly how you feel about being injured as I am sidelined right now for 4 more weeks! Take care and keep smiling!
    4183 days ago
  • EAT_MOVE_LIVE
    Wow, okey you just went from hero status to super hero status in my mind :) You accomplished all that weight loss, all the workouts you do and a hike of the Grand Canyon with a knee issue?!?! It's official you are superwoman!! And I have no excuse to be sitting on my butt! LOL:)

    Love the look of that chilli it makes me hungry just looking at it!!!

    Have a great night!
    Candace
    4184 days ago
  • JENNIFER124
    hope you knee heals fast!! congrats on accomplishing your goal of hiking the Grand Canyon... thats awesome and the pictures are beautiful~~~ i am shooting for a tri in 2010... i think its a great goal.. Jen
    4184 days ago
  • TERRIFICLYFIT
    That'd be so much for you and your friends to hike rim to rim. Your brother's totally right, Bright Angel trail seriously kicks butt. I wasn't in good shape last year when I did half of it, and it was nearly too much for me. I'm really sorry to hear about your knee, that's terrible it flared. Albertson's annoys me sometimes with what it doesn't have. I spent several minutes looking for the no-sodium canned tomatoes and finally ended up with petite cut rather than diced. Oh well!
    4185 days ago
  • SEEBEES3
    I know what you mean about AZ winters. When I complain about them, all my family up north just rolls their eyes, but it was cold this morning ! emoticon Good on 'ya for hikiing the Canyon. My DH tells me I can do that after he gets put in the old folks home. LOL Hope your knee feels better soon!
    4185 days ago
  • COURTNASTY82
    i hope your knee feels better soon! you'll get some much needed r & r out of it. keep the faith!
    4185 days ago
  • STACEY3940
    Hahaha... thats so funny that 48° is winter cuz we get below zero and dont think much of it around here. But then again we cry when it gets over 85° here that its too hot to move! (I'm in western pa)

    Your doing the right thing taking care of your body, no use pushing yourself and being down even longer. You chili looks yummy. Thats how I usually make it, with all fresh ingredients. I sometimes make spaghetti sauce like that as well.
    4185 days ago
  • PBGWILLIAMS
    So sorry to hear about your knee. Ouch! Hope it gets better real soon!

    Your new goal sounds awesome and exciting! You could totally do that! Especially now that you have a great bathingsuit body...you are all set. I was really close to doing a mini tri but it was too close to my Half marathon and my body is not ready for a bathing suit...maybe if I can drop 40 more pounds then I'd be all set!



    4185 days ago
  • DRAMABEAR
    I've also been contemplating a tri-we'll see how I do with the swimming.
    What did you learn about packing for the hike?
    4185 days ago
  • DRAMABEAR
    I've also been contemplating a tri-we'll see how I do with the swimming.
    What did you learn about packing for the hike?
    4185 days ago
  • DRAMABEAR
    I've also been contemplating a tri-we'll see how I do with the swimming.
    What did you learn about packing for the hike?
    4185 days ago
  • ANGIERUNNER
    i hope your knee feels better!
    4185 days ago
  • AMNAGRLA
    That's too bad. I have pretty much the same thing with my knees, a subligating patella, where the knee cap moves around, etc. Definitely stinks and can hinder what you're trying to do. I used to be a softball catcher and that used to bother me ALL the time.

    I did a lot of biking (of course, only what the knee can handle) and swimming is a great idea! But over all, make sure you rest it and don't push it too hard. Everyone on SP knows you're a motivated person... but you don't want to REALLY hurt yourself.

    Chili looks good... I make mine in the crock pot. Right now I'm making some whole-wheat pizza dough from scratch so we can have a pastrami and cheese calzone for dinner.. (turkey pastrami and fat-free cheese.. haha) It's yummy! Feel better!
    4185 days ago
  • WILD4STARS
    Pool time sounds good. And maybe you could ride a bike with open toed shoes, if the knee likes it! You really are amazing. I've been to the Grand Canyon, but never the hike you did. I may have to make another trip, sounds incredible.

    Take care of yourself and happy Sparking.
    Vikki
    4185 days ago
  • TEAM-SARAH
    That Chili looks delicious! You better get in some pool exercise, especially since you want to do a triathlon! Now's definitely a great time to get started since it's about the only cardio you can do. I hope your knee and toe get better soon!
    4185 days ago
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