Friday, October 30, 2009

We interrupt this race report...


It would be WONDERFUL if I was back in Victoria, BC - enjoying a pint with Nathaniel, my folks, and sister. But I'm not. Instead - well...read below.

Pardon the interruption! I would normally do my BEST to complete and get my race report out - and Lord knows I want to get that 'thingy' over with. However, occasionally life throws a few curve balls.

And not that I could throw a curve ball, let alone catch the darned thing....(due to lack of spacial/time coordination. Did you know that I once dribbled a basketball off my foot in game in 8th grade? I bet you didn't...)

But...

I have ended up with a whopper of a sinus infection. Ah yes - a season of 2 Ironmans... this feeling (ie tired, cranky, sore, etc) is the gift that just keeps on giving. :) Except for the hunger part. I can safely say that I no longer wake up ravenously hungry in the middle of the night and NO Tabbitha does NOT look good.

(And no - that doesn't stop me from eating whatever I want, whenever I want. I must say though, that the novelty has pretty much worn off as I can no longer taste what I'm eating. Except for very very potent stuff like goat cheese and Cheezits. Yeah, I can still taste that. Trust me: I've tried!)

But goat cheese and Cheezits aside (and by the way - don't even ask. It is the weirdest flavor profile EVER. I blame the cold meds. For real), mostly I have switched to Popsicles and chicken noodle soup.

But in all reality, I've been reassured by many people that getting sick is pretty much an end-of-season/post-Ironman rite of passage. *Yea!* Count me in!!! If I'm going to do nearly-everything-IM-related, I might as well get sick as well!

At least now I can think (mostly) coherently, although based on the amount of Nyquil and other over-the-counter cold medications I've taken, it's amazing that I'm able to function at the level that I am. Ha ha - just kidding. Sort of.

Later today I get to see my lovely doc, who will hopefully prescribe some medication that will rid me of my sinus pressure. You know the kind...where your teeth hurt and blowing your nose makes you wince before blowing, because of how impacted everything is.

Yes folks, when I do something, I do it big.

And I realize that sentence could be misconstrued in so many different ways. But I blame the cold meds - and so should you.

With that I'm off. The kleenix is calling and I think there's an apple-flavored popsicle in the freezer with my name on it. At least I think its apple; as the thing is nuclear green and tastes a little tart. But the box says that they're made with 100% fruit juice, so I'm assuming they're healthy - right?

Perhaps its just the cold meds talking. Yeah - I'll blame it on that.

Until then - I hope that wherever YOU are, you're happy, healthy, and doing most wonderfully. Cheers!

PS - I'll leave you with this picture of my lovely kitties who clearly care very much about each other. *snort* Actually - all Anabelle wants to do is touch Tabbitha, but because she can't bend her elbows from the accident, she does funky things - like stand on her hind legs. Tabbitha just sees this Mimi Monster walking towards her and lashes out as best she can. Clearly they love each other; *no one was harmed in the making of this presentation* I don't know what's more disturbing - Tabbitha's glowing eyes or the fact that Anabelle is standing up.

17 comments:

Jen said...

Feel better.
*I once made two points for the opposing bb team in 8th grade. It was right after halftime and I forgot the court switch, down the court I dribbled and "swoosh" right in!! I was so proud...until I turned around and realized what I had done by the look on everyone's face. Ugh!

Ange said...

oh so sorry you're still so sick!
I'm curious...what happened to mini monster? I saw the pic of her in the casts.
get better!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Hey Ange! Okay - about a year and a half ago I was on a bike ride through rural FL...and I came upon a kitty in the middle of the road. Now, I ALWAYS stop for animals whenever I see them, unless they're ovbiously dead. But I wasn't sure about this one - so I pulled over and saw that she was still breathing.... but her front legs seemed a little mushy. Long story short - I time trialed back to my car after propping the kitten up against a tree. I figured that if she was gone when I got back, she would have pranced off on her own and been okay. But when I made it back to the spot 90 min later - she was still there. I managed to get her into the car (she DID try to run away, but couldn't) and drove to the nearest Animal Hospital. Turns out - the vet said that both upper arms were broken - probably in a fall from a high tree OR (and this is really horrible) - from someone throwing the cat out of their car as they were driving along the road. I should say that there were no overhead trees where I found her :( Long story short - she had a few surgeries to repair the bones and was in a cast for 5 weeks, at which point her elbow joint fused together. She walks kind of weird now, but is happy and best of all - healthy. I didn't want to adopt another cat - and most certainly, Nathaniel didn't either. But we fell in love with her and it seemed the right thing to do. I was in the process of recovering from my broken back/bike accident - so she and I "healed" together. And now she's a terror on 2 feet!

Train-This said...

I will stomp my feet and hold my breath till part four comes out.

(get better soon :-)

Beth said...

UGH!! I hope you get some strong (good) meds from your doctor today and you get back to 100% soon!! Thinking of you Marit!!

TriGirl Kate O said...

I think Tabbitha is really just thinking, "Why do I put up with this crap? If I swipe at her I don't get my kibble and that sucks. I guess I'll just sit here and deal with it, but I'll give her the evil eye nonetheless."

Feel better soon. Tell your husband thank you from me--for his dedication, devotion, and service. I am grateful, I'm sure those families are, and our country is too. xoxo

TriGirl Kate O said...

Oh and I love your new quote!

Laura said...

Hey Marit! I wanted to let you know about a study that was done a few years ago after IMFL. Apparently my doctor (who is also an IM triathlete) was a subject in this study. After I complained that I got sick right after IM she very politely informed me that there is no higher incidence of sickness in athletes who just completed an IM than the general population. Apparently they did a cheek cell culture post IMFL of a few IM athletes. They were also asked to report the slightest bit of sickness in the following weeks to the researchers. Similar incidences of sickness was found, so you can't blame it on IM! Now flying on a plane for that long to get home, that's a different story!

Regardless, please feel better soon!!

Ange said...

oh my gosh Marit! that's amazing and awesome that you rescued her like that!!! I have never heard of a cat fallign out of a tree like that and can't IMAGINE some tossing their kitty out. I'm sure she just loves her new home and iss o grateful! What a great story! thanks for sharing it with me.

Ange said...

oh my gosh Marit! that's amazing and awesome that you rescued her like that!!! I have never heard of a cat fallign out of a tree like that and can't IMAGINE some tossing their kitty out. I'm sure she just loves her new home and iss o grateful! What a great story! thanks for sharing it with me.

Greg Remaly said...

haha! I love the picture and HM's glowing eyes! I hope you feel better soon. Even if you can't taste them, I bet eating a bunch of veggies will help you fight off that nasty virus.

D said...

Laura's on drugs. It was totally Ironman (and specifically the WTC) that got you sick. Assholes.

So I wasn't going to comment, but that pic of Anabelle is friggin awesome. I love it when cats stand up.

Damie said...

funny pic of the cats. What would they do if they didn't have each other to entertain! I hope you kick this soon. I hate sinus infections- but it is my excuse to eat ice cream (more than normal). I am impressed you are even trying for an apple!

GoBigGreen said...

Hang in there Marit! IT is 36 and raining here so stay in CA, at least you have some nicer temps and maybe some salt air for your sinuses.
Cat play is too funny. You ought to set up a 24 hour spy cam and see what they do when you are gone. Other than sleep:)

kerrie said...

you know the saying, "go big or go home"(or something like that)...so sorry that you are sick, but at least you committ 100% to everything you do!
on another note, i think i just may be starting to pull ahead in this unofficial race of who is the-slowest-writing-of-the-race-report-blogger ;). isn't it amazing how little one can get done once the season is over?

Angela and David Kidd said...

Hope the meds are doing their job! I battled sinus infections all summer because my little germ machine kept bringing them home from daycare. I feel your pain.

cherelli said...

Bummer dude, I hope you're well on the way to recovery by now (since I am a few days late reading it). Don't worry, it's not like Victoria BC has had much glowing weather to miss (oh, ok, yesterday was pretty nice I believe)...love the picture of the cats!