Don’t worry, no more disgusting foot pictures. I learned my lesson last time.
Nevertheless, my toe is doing much better. It is still a little discolored, but the swelling has gone down and I am able to walk comfortably. I put on actual shoes today for the first time – I had been sticking with a pair of loose fitting clogs. The toe was a little tender putting the shoes on, but once on it was actually very comfortable.
I’ve been sticking to my plan of swimming and core work only. I did 2700 yards in the pool yesterday morning. I took the swim super easy because my toe was still a little tender. I ended up swapping out the kick drills for some back stroke because the kick drills were rough on my toes. I did some P90X Shoulder & Arms and Abs to follow it up.
Today, I did YogaX. I was a little hesitant to attempt this because of the amount of time I would be on my toes in the plank position, however, I didn’t want to to lift two days in a row. So, breaking one of the cardinal rules of yoga, I wore shoes. With the shoes to protect my toes, it went awesome. This was actually only the 3rd or 4th time I have worked through the entire YogaX routine in one sitting. I was able to do pretty much all of the exercises except Warrior 3 and Half Moon on my right leg (the bad foot side). I really didn’t have any pain, I just didn’t have any balance on that foot. However, I managed to do Plough for the first time so I’ll take what I can get.
I am going to attempt some time on the bike tomorrow. I’ll stop if my foot bothers me even a little, but at this point, it seems like the only thing that is painful is doing something like trying to stand on my tip toes. I’m still going to avoid running until Saturday though. Jennie and I are signed up for a couples 5k already so that will be my first running test. Regardless of how it goes, I’ll probably end up taking most of next week of from running as well.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Instead of going out and sitting in a packed restaurant, we made a fancy dinner at home. Steak, potatoes, broccoli, salad, and a bottle of Black Star Farms Artisan Red wine. It was delightful.
And here is the best part. Jennie surprised me with a handwritten Ironman poem. She even gave me permission to share some of it! Without further adieu:
“You’ve picked a big goal for this year, it’s true.
Becoming an Ironman is what you will do.
September 11 will be the big day,
But the weeks and months before will be challenging in their own way.
On September 11, the battle will be won…
But from March to September, the real test is on.
The road of the journey will be hard and somewhat steep…
Hopefully made easier by these promises I’ll keep.
We’ll gets lots of rest
So you’re up to the test.
I’ll kayak along on open-water swims.
Padding next to my champion (you would be him!)
I’ll bike along on your long runs
Because that’s always much more fun.
I’ll be there with jokes when you’re feeling blue.
And when you’re hungry, I’ll give you something to chew.
We’ll pretend it’s lent and give up pop, fats, and sweets.
Is it OK to cheat just one day a week?
When you’re cranky, achy, and tired,
I’ll do my best to keep you inspired.
I’ll be a mobile aid station in my car
On those days you must bike really far.
When you return, in need of a shower,
I’ll give you big hugs with all of my power.”
Is she the best or what?!? Love you lots babe!
Unfortunately, my present for her is still being shipped so I had to give her an IOU. I’ll share a picture when it arrives.
And finally, the real reason you keep coming back to this blog, a video of Bailey. My in-laws were in town the past weekend and brought their black lab Bagel with them. Bailey had a blast chasing her around. He was definitely the instigator and wouldn’t leave her alone. We kept waiting for him to tire out and it never happened.