“I used to have all these plans and think ‘Ah, I have my whole life figured out’,
but then I realized no matter how much I plan: life happens!
So I find myself living day to day trying to do my best,
embracing every moment as a learning opportunity
and chance to get to know myself a little more.”
– Q’orianka Kilcher
I’m guessing that after reading the title of this post, most of you have figured out the direction this is going. No, I’m not pregnant. Yes, I am temporarily out of commission. It’s kind of a bummer, but I was really ready for a break anyway. Besides, another week and change and I’ll be back to running, swimming, and cycling (on the trainer at least…)
Let me start by saying that I DID NOT over do it at the REV3. I one hundred percent went easy that day and did not push myself. I may be a glutton for punishment, but I’m not stupid (ok, not most of the time… at least when it comes to injury prevention anyway). I knew I was in new territory, so I raced according to my goal- which was simply to finish. I went slow and enjoyed the experience. When I crossed the finish, I still had plenty of juice left in my legs. I felt strong and knew I could have covered more mileage if I had to. This was not particularly surprising considering I had actually trained for a half.
It was a nice feeling to cross a finish not completely spent for a change. I didn’t want to end up sick or dehydrated so I was careful to get plenty of calories and liquid out on the course. In all honestly, it was probably the best I had ever felt at the completion of a race.
The hubs and our friend (who both biked out to meet me) made it home well ahead of me due to the post race traffic and had already ordered lunch when I arrived. I still felt great after eating and showering. It wasn’t until a few hours later after dinner that I started to feel really crummy. At first, I thought I was simply getting a migraine from being out in the sun all day. I tried taking a nap, but woke up overwhelming nausea and epigastic pain. All I could think was “This is not going to be good”. I sent the hubs to get some zofran hoping I could avoid a trip to the emergency room, but taste of the tabs almost sent me running back to the bathroom all over again. I decided that if this is what morning sickness is like then there’s probably a good reason I’m not pregnant yet.
When the pain and nausea had not improved an hour later I finally broke down and had the hubs bring me to the hospital. I gave the surgical team a heads up that I was headed in and pretty sure my gallbladder would need to come out. I did have luck on my side in that the surgeon oncall that night was one the best that I work with. (Thank God for small favors!)
As it turned out, I was right. My gallbladder was the culprit and needed to go. This was no great shock to me. However, I was struck by what a coincidence it was that my gallbladder attack happened only hours after completing my first tri. Here I had worked my butt off over 10 months and managed to make it through the whole race feeling strong before my symptoms started. That was an epic #WIN in my book! What’s more, had I not downgraded to the Olympic course, I would have raced on Sunday instead and would have missed out all together!
Obviously I considered this the universe at work in my favor as repayment for every ounce of good karma in my life. Can you even imagine how devastated I would have been to have invested all that time and energy only to miss out on my big chance? It’s just too depressing to even think about. I am so beyond grateful for whatever triathlon guardian angel hooked me up on this one. I am forever in your debt!
As far as the surgery itself, it may strike you as funny, but I was less nervous in pre-op than I was gearing up for the race! With the timing of how I got sick and who the surgeon was on call, I just felt like the universe was looking out for me and it was going to be okay. I can’t even describe the sensation, but I was completely at ease. There was not even a little part of me that was worried going in. In fact, I felt incredibly lucky to not only know exactly what was going to happen, but all the staff taking care of me as well.
It’s hard to be scared when you are surrounded by people who know you and care about your well being. Every person (ok almost every, but the Emergency Room was legitimately getting slammed so I have to cut them some slack) was so kind and caring throughout my stay. I really feel blessed to receive the care I did.
The only part I was disappointed about was that I missed volunteering at the REV3 half and my niece’s first birthday. I guess life happens though. All I can do at this point is be grateful for everything that went right and just roll with it. Luckily, my sister was ok with throwing another party for my niece with just immediate family this weekend. Plus, now that I won’t be able to race in the Griskus Olympic, I should be able to volunteer that course instead. In terms of taking time off from training, I feel like I have been handling it pretty well. For one thing, it’s given me a chance to catch up on other things I’ve been neglecting… like writing. 😉 It’s also given me an excuse to slow down for a change.
So that is my story about my slight detour on the path to 70.3… and eventually 140.6. Luckily I still have my whole life to get there!