Thursday, July 28, 2011


Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm a blog-neglector.  It's been 22 days since my last post.  Oops.  Where exactly does the time go?  It's pretty safe to say that training has kicked up a notch in the last couple of weeks.  Even as I recovered from shingles, I managed to still get some quality training time in!  Kona is just 10.5 weeks away!!

So what's been going on?

- The girls just went back to school after their 5 week summer break!  We are in a year-round school so 5 weeks off summer/winter and 3 weeks off spring/fall.  Isabelle is starting 4th grade and Charlotte is in 1st.  We kept busy during the break - there was camp at our local gym which had them swimming and rock climbing and all sorts of other fun things......and they came home exhausted:)!!  Michael and the girls went to California too!  They visited Michael's mom in Arroyo Grande, went to the beach and spent a day at Disneyland - a great trip.  And, Isabelle went to her first Girl Scout Camp with her friend Lauren (who happens to be the daughter of my friend Anita)!  It was her first overnight camp and it was so cool to drop her off at the same camp that I went to as a young girl scout - Tomahawk Ranch.  Needless to say, she loved every single moment of camp and is still singing what must have been a ba-jillion songs she learned (the underwear song is a favorite!!).
Lauren and Isabelle

Their "cabin"
Can you tell they are excited???  No tears at this drop-off - Isabelle couldn't wait for me to leave!

- In the midst of all the craziness, my baby Charlotte turned 6!!!!  I should probably stop calling her my baby.  Holy moly.....once again.  Where does the time go?  She had a small but FUN celebration/sleep over and decorated cupcakes and ate pizza.
6 years ago.....

Slumber party!!
- Shingles update!!!  Not all good news here as I went to the doctor today.  She has put me back on anti-virals for a few days since I still have lots of redness and raised bumps.  Also found out that I will more than likely scar (but it does kind of look like road rash so that's OK, I think it makes me look like a bad ass) and I need to watch my right side for any possible muscle weakness.  But it is a ba-jillion times better than it was 20+ days ago.  I am now in the itchy-scratchy stage which is just maddening at times and can make me rather unpleasant to be around:) And thanks for asking but no pictures have been taken and it will not be documented. Just sayin'.

- Training update will be posted soon!!  With the girlies back in school and coming into a recovery week, I should have some time to blather on and on.  To sum up??  There's been lots of bike riding.  Lots.  A bit of swimming.  A bit of running.  Did I mention lots of riding??

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Or craptastic.  Crappity crap crap crap.  One other word to go with crap.....shingles.  SHINGLES!!!

How the heck did I end up with shingles?  No idea except I had chicken pox as a kid.  And I'm an endurance athlete.  And I seem to have a bit of bad luck.

I thought it was an exceptionally bad case of heat rash after last Wednesday's long ride to Glenhaven (outside of Estes Park, cherry cobbler and/or ice cream and/or cinnimon rolls may or may not have been involved).  It was HOT that day - near 100.  And I always get a bit of heat rash on my legs right under the elastic of my bike shorts.  Not a big deal, it's always gone by the next morning.  But as I was driving home my skin under my arm felt tingly, it kind of hurt.  And the shoulder that had been bothering me the last couple of days was still giving me stabbing pains.  Easy to blame that on a new bike fit.....but that's the easy answer.

I went ahead and self-diagnosed on the internet (we all do!!) and heat rash seemed the logical answer and it would clear up in a couple of days.  Except it didn't. It got worse.  And the tingling sensation now felt more like needles in my skin.  A rush of adrenaline (a phone ringing, a sudden stop in a car - things like that) was very uncomfortable.  Very.  Uncomfortable.  But hey, I'm a tough girl, right?  The good thing was when I was on my bike, or in the pool, or running.....I didn't feel a thing.  But afterwards was more sensitive.

Fast forward to a BBQ on Monday night.  An ER doc happened to be there.....I was wearing a sun dress because I don't want anything touching my skin.......he took a look and said, yep, you have shingles.  WTF?  I thought this was an old person's problem?  (ahem, 42 is not that old)  The dermatologist confirmed it yesterday morning and now I'm on an aggressive treatment (a bajillion pills).  Hopefully the pain will subside soon and hopefully I will start sleeping through the night again soon!

So for those of you that have had chicken pox here's your PSA......if you have a rash on the core of your body that wraps around and only on one side - get to the doctor!!!  (mine starts at my right shoulder blade and wraps around under my arm and on my chest) Oh, and it looks NASTY!  And it HURTS!

What does this mean for training?  The doc says it is up to me and what I can tolerate so after sitting/laying on the couch in a vicodin haze yesterday, I got up and went for a run this morning.  Since my pain receptors are all screwed up, I did low intensity low heart rate stuff.  And it went pretty well.  I'm planning on swimming and biking tomorrow.  I was wishy-washy about racing the Boulder Peak this weekend but this diagnosis confirmed that I will not be toeing the start line Sunday.  And now I know what was going on with me in June - I'm pretty sure my blah blah blah-ness was the start of this!

I'm going to get better - no worries there.  Everything will be JUST fine!!!