Thursday, June 9, 2005

Sick and Tired

I stayed home from work the last few days because I was sick. Not deathly ill, but definitely sick enough to warrant schlepping around the house in jammies, with a tissue clutched in my hand most of the time. I couldn't sleep properly either, and so a nap was also warranted here and there.

And although I'm sick, I am also nervous about my upcoming race (less than 2 weeks!) and have been trying to cram a bit. That is stupid, considering I'm sick and also that I should be tapering. But for some silly reason, I think last-minute flipturns and stroke drills are going to make my 2k open-water performance top notch! Or that maybe a 10k bike to work will make my 92k bike leg so much easier! How about 8k on a treadmill?

Did I mention that I'm sick?

So today is my reality check. I have the "hots and colds". I am sniffling and sneezing and wheezing. Downing ColdFX is NOT helping. Advil Cold&Sinus is NOT helping. Going to work is NOT helping. And stressing about the race, or my wedding, or my yoga apprenticeship is NOT helping.

I can't train while I'm sick. And now I really AM sick.

So now I have to do nothing. Sit on my patootie and get better. Because if I don't, the race will be awful. And I guess I just have to have confidence that my little body will come through for me, even though I didn't train quite enough, even though my knee is not quite 100%, and even though my quads will be jelly by the end of the bike leg.

Funny how the swim used to be my big hurdle. Now that's the part that I'm the least afraid of!

Thinking healthy thoughts...


  1. If you are still going to do the race (and it sounds like you are), might I suggest not cramming in some last-minute training during the next two weeks :) The only thing that will help you now is rest.

    This is taper time. So rest up, cut back on the distance, and if you're not feeling 100 per cent, don't do the race. Trust me. I'm speaking from experience. I did the Vancouver 1/2 marathon sick as a dog and came away with nothing but a personal worst and a cold that lingered an extra three weeks.

    If you do the race, I might come out there to cheer people on so I'll keep an eye out for you!


  2. Callie-
    Hope you feel better very soon! And Sarah's absolutely right, racing if you're not at least mostly better is not a good idea. Hope you feel great by race day, rest up!


  3. You must have had a great swim coach. ha ha
    I'll be there with the camera taking pictures and cheering you on. Jason is racing too isn't he?
    You'll be great!!
    Remember your time is the least important part of the event.
    Just have fun and smile when you see me taking your picture.

  4. Yay, I'm so glad you'll be taking pictures! Try to get one BEFORE I start hobbling around...