Well, October didn’t go very well for training. I only got in 13.9 miles the whole month. Things have been incredibly tough for me all year and this month it all seemed to come to a head and a tough realization that I may not be able to finish Dopey in January. I mean I had multiple major lupus flares this year, my thyroid is still incredibly low and I fractured my elbow. Not my best year by far. Last week was Halloween and while my husband was very busy living his King of Halloween life I was stewing inside wondering how I could even begin to approach training as everything I seem to try derails me.
I was feeling very low but decided on a go-forward plan – hoping that I am going to have some miraculous breakthrough in November and December and then at least be able to participate in each race come January. That is my “A” plan.
My “B” plan is to get through the 5k, 10k and the half. I truly believe I can do that – especially as Kam will be with me for the first two races and I just completed a half in September unless I have another major lupus flare.
My “C” plan is to be to run the 5k and 10 with Kam and then skip the half and full but enjoy Disney.
My “D” plan is – I can’t even make it to Disney – I’ve likely had another lupus flare and am really grateful I bought travel insurance.
How to get ready for Dopey in 2 Months Post Lupus Flares & Hashimoto Issues
I’ve thought about this a lot – things I’ve tried this late summer is to try and do just my runs. Honestly, that didn’t work. I tried to do more yoga – still no luck. I really feel that I’ve been so exhausted and been dealing with a lot of joint pain its made all my attempts to reenter my training difficult. I really loved doing my tri training this spring before everything hit the fan and I feel better with momentum – a little bit every day. Therefore this is my approach:
- Update my half ironman tri plan to begin in November – this sets me up for Ironman 70.3 Texas if all goes well in April (being super optimistic here) even if I don’t enter I will learn a lot from the training. Win-Win.
- Show up to each workout – especially my remaining Dopey runs – try to do as much as you can without pushing into a flare. If I bike for 5 min I’ll bike for 5 min. If I’m supposed to do 15 miles and only do 8 – so be it. If I keep showing up – maybe I’ll get some momentum. (need my mojo back!)
- Even though I won’t lose any weight with my thyroid in this condition track my food and water on My Fitness Pal. Tracking always leads to improved nutrition and more water for me. I gained a lot of weight on all these extra steroids and meds this summer – I probably won’t lose any this year but at least I can eat clean for energy and health.
- Use my journal and Training Peaks to track my workouts, RHR, Sleep, my energy and recovery notes. This will hopefully alert me to an impending flare but also be great data on if this method is a good way to dig me out of a post flare slump.
- Schedule my training sessions on my calendar and lay out clothes and nutrition the night before.
- Use my line a day in my journal for gratitude and positive progress.
Rearranging my training space for good vibes
I decided to freshen up my home gym or Pain Cave as so many people call it. I think I need a bigger space but for now – I exercise in our formal dining room. We never really formally entertained so it seemed like a good spot to use in our house. We have full mirrors on one wall from when our Pain Cave was a ballroom dance practice space – something I miss and hope we get back to in 2020 but never the less – it holds my bike, treadmill, bench, weights and rowing machine not to mention Kam’s video game cabinet (I had to get him in the gym somehow). Moving things around faces me towards the window at all times hopefully making it all feel more open as I train a lot indoors to limit my exposure to the sun and elements.
My Updated Calendar
I’ve updated my calendar with my training plans and made them public so anyone can follow along. I used the Be Iron Fit Intermediate plan – and have a crazy Excel spreadsheet that automatically creates an exportable CSV to upload into my google calendar. It’s amazing what kind of organizational gains you can make when you can’t train but you can’t think about anything else. I also plan to share mostly on my Instagram page as I go if you want to follow along. This not only keeps me accountable but I enjoy seeing comments from others to motivate me. My Calendar is on the right side of my blog or a blown-up version of it can be found here.
So there you have it – is it Ideal – nope – but it’s worth giving it a go – I mean its Disney! The next thing I need to figure out is costumes!
Have you come back from a major illness to conquer Dopey? I’d love to hear some inspiration!