Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday Morning Update

Raise your hand if you feel as though you've been hit by a truck?

It's interesting to asses how my body feels after 4 tough days of swim + bike + run + repeat. I am tired. I AM sore. But I also want to keep going...

California is great, and the prospect of our "last ride" has me a little sad.

Yes - there probably will be tears (mine), but Thomas and Liz have some challenge going about climbinb a big big big hill.

Thomas told Liz that, "In an hour and fifteen minutes, I'll show you what it means to climb!"

Without missing a beat, Liz responded, "Oh - you mean when I'm already done at the top?"

I just sat back and laughed. It's been a great weekend, full of great/epic/tough/hard/incredible/fill-in-the-blank training sessions, and now we've got our last ride.

Liz vs Thomas.

Thomas vs Liz.

While I don't aspire to sit at the back, for the first time, I think the view will be well worth my effort (or lack thereof).

No - I take that back. I'll still be working my butt off, climbing in the gearing that Chris instructed me to use. But I'll have a heckuva good time watching Liz and Thomas go at it.

That is, if I can look up quickly enough to see them without falling off my bike. I think Soledad hill is pretty steep.

Another challenge.

Another opportunity.

And I can't wait.

41 comments:

Jessi said...

Hi Marit,
You don't know me, but I read about your crash on Liz and Jen's site, and I wanted you to know I am thinking of you! Hang in there and stay tough. Feel free to contact me if there is ANYTHING I can do for you!
Jessi

someday tri said...

Marit,
I've also been "lurking" on your blog, feeling lucky to have a glimpse into the life of such a motivated person. It has been so nice to see that there really are people like you (friendly AND tough at the same time) in the endurance world.
You may not realize it, but you're quite inspiring to me, and not simply for your athletic accomplishments. Your humility, humor, and passion are what keep me reading, and I can't wait to hear about your great recovery.
Get well soon!
Jessica

kerrie said...

i just heard about your other adventure after reading about your swami ride earlier! you are one tough chick - heal fast!

Andrea said...

Crashes suck. But you will come back from this a stronger more determined athelete! Heal fast!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marit- I am one of Liz's athletes and I am SO sorry to hear of your crash. I feel I know you already from reading about your HTFU weekend and reading your blog. I can tell from your inspirational posts and your attitude that this will only give you more desire and bring you to an even higher level. Know that we are all out here thinking of you sending you get well wishes and hoping to see you back in the saddle again soon, better, stronger and more passionate than ever before. BE STRONG, you truly are an Ironman already !
Colleen S

Mel said...

Marit:
I am thinking of you :)

Hugs Mel

Mira Lelovic said...

Marit, I just heard about your crash and am praying that your surgery is going well. I have no doubt you will recover quickly and get back to where you were in no time. You're high spirits are amazing. I look forward to reading your blog when you get off all the pain meds!

Anonymous said...

Marit,
So sorry to hear about your accident. My wife (Amber) and I enjoy your writing (and were both Nordic skiers in Minnesota). We will both try to HTFU for you at IM AZ. Good luck with your recovery.
-Eric

TriGirl Kate O said...

Marit,
I am praying for your swift recovery, and would send you a cake if I knew where to send it. After my ACL surgery, my best friend baked me the most delicious, calorie-laden thing which helped keep the tears and pain at bay.
You will survive this, and we will be there cheering you on!

Ryan said...

:(

Leah said...

Marit, I read about your crash on Liz's blog. My thoughts are with you. Your always-positive outlook has been inspiring to me. Take care.

Stef said...

Hi Marit,

I am one of Liz's athletes and have been lurking on your blog for awhile now.

You have my best wishes and best thoughts for your recovery. Your blog is one of my favorites to read both for the glimpses into your training and triathlon life but also for your humor, warmth and positivity.

Keep all of that up, I am sure you will. This adversity will make you stronger.

Stef

Bratzy said...

Hi Marit,

I admit it, I am a 'lurker' too! Actually, I read your blog faithfully everyday and follow in your adventures....(I am also Kate Monster's sister.)
You are an inspiration to many, and have a great group of support from your blogger friends to rely on. I wish you a speedy recovery, your in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Marit,
I, like many others, found you via Liz's blog and have been enjoying reading the different points of view you both give. So imagine my sadness to hear of your crash. I know you will recover before you can say holy smokes batman, and will be all the stronger for it. Sending healing vibes your way.

-Helen

K.Michele said...

Another one of Liz's athletes/lurker here ... don't know how I'd get through the days if you guys didn't update;) I am also thinking of you and know that you will be back at full (super fast) speed and strength before long. Until then ... wishing you a fast and easy recovery. Hang in there.

vsberg said...

Marit,

I have been lurking on your blog for a while and find your drive, motivation, and sense of humor so inspiring. I was so shocked to read of your crash on Jen's site. Even though I don't know you, I thought of you all day and am wishing you a speedy recovery back to full strength and speed!

Vanessa

akshaye said...

Hi Marit.. I read about your crash at Ryan's blog. Hope you are doing ok.

Trigirlpink said...

I hope your surgery went really well and you are on your way to a speedy recovery. Nothing will take away the disappointment of missing this first time big event you've invested so much into but you will come back even STRONGER and your first ironman will be even MORE special. :-)

IronMin said...

Marit, I am also one of Liz's athletes and have been addicted to your blog for awhile now. News of the crash was such a shock. You are so tough and you will come out on the other side of this even stronger. Your positive attitude will help you heal even faster. Thoughts & prayers with you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marit,
I am another one of those people you don't know. I read your blog every time you post and I find your experiences completely motivational. I hope you get better soon and please know I will be thinking about you.
Take care.

Daniela

PS: you are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marit,

I'm one of Mary's athlete. I did my swim last night thinking about you. I hope you recover fast. Your positive spirit is an inspiration. I admire you. I send you a whole bunch of positive vibes your way.

Nathalie

Sally said...

Day after surgery. I was so happy to read your Mom's comments recapping the doctor. I can tell from this and Liz's comments you are feeling much better. GREAT NEWS! with gentle hugs, Ashley's Mom

Trigirlpink said...

Just another thought. One of the things I do not like about NA sports is their policy on refunds/no deferments. You are a perfect example why there should be allowed a deferment to another IM race. You will be up and running for the fall IMAZ!!! Instead, you lose most of your money. I am miffed for you on this one. It's not fair.

Anonymous said...

Lurker here too.. Hope you are feeling better soon!

The body heals at the rate of positive attitude so I know you will be back in the game soon! Summer is coming up and you will be fine by then!

AGA said...

Marit,
Wishing you a quick recovery. As Liz said-you are one tough cookie:)

Seen by Mercy said...

Hi Marit,
Another stranger here, but one bearing well wishes for recovery and prayers that this pain and the recovery process that will follow will only purify your beautiful passion and determination to push yourself to the limit. You inspire me, and I look forward to hearing even more stories of your PT and process that will come back to me when I'm hurting on the bike, in the water or on the run!
Katie

Mel said...

Glad you made it out of surgery!!! Your tough...so move forward get healthy and get your ass out there and be ready to shine :) You ROCK Marit!!!!

dewonn43 said...

Mira told me about your accident ...

Dang ... I'm sorry to hear about your crash and the required surgery ... I try to keep the thought of crashing out of my head ... because I don't want to go there again ...

But from what Liz posted ...

It sounds like you are already on top of the moving on thing ...

We will be waiting to hear about your recovery ... and you will be in my prayers ...

David

Meghan said...

Marit,

You also don't know me and I'm not even a triathlete, either! However, I frequently lurk at your blog via Beth's because you're such a positive person and hard worker. Those traits make us better athletes in whatever sport we do, so your blog is highly motivating for me as a trail runner.

I'm very sorry to hear of your crash, so close to your first Ironman race. I'm glad that you're alright (or, rather, that you'll be alright). And, I empathize with the mourning I'm sure you're doing about not being able to race.

Take care of your body and your mind, and recover quickly. Big healing wishes coming to you from Wyoming!

Meghan

Formulaic said...

Marit,

You are in our thoughts and prayers!

You're strong and you’re going to get STRONGER.

Way to show the Tri gods who's in charge of your life.

YOU!

Go get 'em girl!

Alicia Parr said...

Hey tough girl. Funny how things can change so quickly. Hang on to those dreams and before long they'll change again, for the far better. Your fantastic fitness will see you through this like a champ. Oh, and don't let any stupid doctors try and tell you what you CAN'T do. You know better.

Audrey said...

Hello. Take care Marit. I can't wait until you are healthy and non-medicated enough :) to be back to blogging and training. Thank you for sharing your stories and life with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Marit- or as i've called you for the last 4 days "Merit"- Found myself running again today and as always saw a cactus- and then thought how thrilled you would be to see one, and how you'd be announcing it to us all like it was a once in a lifetime occurence. Then the tempo part came, and as you know, words get stuck in my head when i'm in pain, so today's word was "Chrislock-Lauterbach" And let me tell you at LT that is one heck of a mouthful !

Remember this if nothing else- you are an elite/national calibur athlete. All those DR's are basing thier info on some couch potato-chip eating-house wife (no disrepect to the lovely house-wives out there). You are stronger than they could ever imagine, you will heal faster, you will be better.

Don't you dare loose that positive outlook and giddy-ness.

Get well, in the meantime i'll work on figuring out the second letter of your name, so i can cheer you on at your next race.

- Sherpa Thomas

Pedergraham said...

OK--I just read Sherpa Thomas' comment and how is it possible that he is single, ladies?
Signed,
A housewife-that-sometimes-eats-potato-chips-and-finds-Sherpa Thomas-charming
AKA Danielle "Peder"graham

Anonymous said...

miss marit--
you are SUCH a great person in many facets of life! You make many of us laugh with your humor. Love the cat vs boy story, it certainly would make a great kids book!

With your eternal optimism and titanium heart and tungsten steel muscles you will recover rapidly AND be strong for IMAZ!

Steph from WI

Duane said...

Hope you heal fast!

Anonymous said...

Marit,

Just heard about the accident. Hope you heal stronger than before! Your blog fan's thoughts are with you.

Get well soon!
Ross

Bob Mitera said...

Hey Marit - Saw you in the hospital yesterday. Call me if you need anything. Lorrie and I will pop into the hospital a few times before we leave town. It was great to meet your dad and I'm looking forward to meeting Nate too. As a Badger, Czech and Norge...you are tough as nails and I will look forward to training with you again soon. Keep "flips" the dolphin close.

Bob

Brooke Myers said...

I know I am late on the how are you feeling, but I really didn't know what words to say to make you feel any better..
I do however pray the recovery is coming along well and your spirits are staying lifted.
Keep your head up and hang tuff...

You'll bounce back in no time without a doubt....

SUB6 said...

Recover quickly and strong! Good luck :)

1HappyAthlete said...

Hi Marit

I'm glad to hear you're recovering well

Best regards

Andy