Thursday, January 5, 2012


New year’s eve - clean house, organized bike and run stuff (John's mess), prepare spare bedroom into stretch/yoga room/sanctuary, put up photos of Chrissie and Craig, put my training plan beside the bed so I see it every morning and every night to stay motivated and focused (also hang plan on fridge, on my jail cell cubicle wall at work and in the yoga room).

New Year ’s Day - marks the first day of my Ironman journey. I am happy to report that it has been a successful week. Not one workout missed. WOOOOHHOOOO. However, yes there is a however, my runs have been cut in half. BOOOO. My flippin' IT band is wreaking havoc on me. I took the last two weeks off prior to the start of my training plan (it was for resting the IT band and to eat myself into oblivion over the holidays lol) in hopes that it would help. My first run was not fun. I got about 7km done of a scheduled 14km. With that I am back doing physio and am told I have very strong, developed quad muscles but got nothing in the rear end or hammies to balance out my upper leg which puts way more stress causing ITBS. I guess my sciatica is acting up too which is causing my hamstrings to be extremely tight and not allowing the full range of motion while running. Regardless, I am doing what needs to be done - exercises my physio gal pal given me to do 3 times a day and a DVD I need to watch and practice about ABCD sequences (running technique).  I will be good as new before you know it. I am pumped to have nailed all my workouts and look forward to the many more positive weeks.

On a nutrition front, I have purged the entire house of sugary substances.  Bad sugar! 


  1. I'm so excited to watch you train this year! Way to get off to a good start.

    I sympathise with the issues. I've been fighting the sciatica and hamstring, but I gotta tell you my boys got me an imitation of "the stick" for Christmas and I've been rolling at least once a day since. Between that and a few visits to the chiro and almost all my problems seem to be pretty much gone. I'm in love!

  2. GO FRAN! GO FRAN! You are going to rock this. Take care of that IT band and I'll see you Friday for homemade Bliss Bowls. yum!

  3. whatever you do, don't let your hubby use your foam roller. make him go buy his own

  4. What a waste of money... uggghh... just to get our money's worth I am going to have to use that roller too! It's the only way to offset the cost of overpriced foam - more users.

  5. Great job!

    IT Band issues... :) Welcome to my f'in world.

    Here is what I know. First, make sure John has you fit on your bike properly... I KNOW I KNOW, he is a bike god. I get it, have him check again and make sure your seat didn't settle down or something. Second thing, go to a running store and have them do a quick gait analysis. The wrong shoes will wreak havoc on your IT Bands. Last thing, IT Bands are "stabilizers"... do some plyometrics or more yoga/balance work to build those muscles up.

    Trust me, I dealt w/ this all last year, it was miserable and frustrating. A couple quick little things I mentioned can make a world of difference.

    Keep the momentum going. Doesn't matter how fast any of your training is (don't listen to your husband) just get the miles/distance in and you will be more than fine!!!!!!

  6. you've been tagged in my latest post.. :-)

    DO IT!!