Feb 15

Tuesday Toe Update (And Some Other Stuff)

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.

Valentine’s Day

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.

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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.

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  1. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Aww..your Vday dinner was awesome! AND, Jennie’s poem was amazing! You two are too cute!

  2. Jeff Irvin

    I want your dog. Every house should have two Bailey’s — heck I would even exchange my Bailey pug for your pup!

  3. Derek

    she is incredible – what a poem and what a partner you have!

    I wont post any pics of VDay dinner at our house! haha

    great work on the yoga, Im finding it useful in my training


  4. Jon

    Awesome poem, awesome dinner spread, awesome post!

    Hope the foot heals itself soon. Sounds like its worse than expected?

    “We kept waiting for him to tire out and it never happened.”

    haha! that video was great. Glad Bailey likes the snow so much.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Actually, it is better than I expected. I was really freaked out on Saturday when I woke up and it was all swollen and discolored. At that point, I couldn’t walk at all and was in sorry shape. Normally I don’t bruise. I actually can’t remember the last time I had a bruise so seeing the discoloration really had me worried. Thankfully though, it is healing fairly quickly. I had actually planned on taking a full week or two off before starting up official IM training at the end of March. I may just take the time off now instead to give my body some rest before tearing it apart for the next 6-7 months.

  5. Matt Oravec

    First bit of advice, KEEP INTRODUCING BAILEY TO AS MANY DOGS AS YOU CAN FIND! Frankie is super reactive and can’t be within 20 ft of another dog…. ugh.

    Toe issues, I feel you man. You did better than me with yoga haha, I could only do one legged planks when I hurt mine 🙂

    Your wife rocks. That was really sincere of her to write that for you. Now make sure you have a copy of that on you at all times when she gives you crap for never being home and always biking all over 😉 (Just kidding … or am I?)

    That’s all you ate for dinner ???? Man, I would starve in your house haha!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      It was weird. All of the other dogs Bailey has been near (at the vet, the neighbors dog, dogs out walks), he could care less about. I am going to try and take him over to my mom’s (two labs) or my dad’s (beagle) this weekend to see how he reacts with a different dog not on his territory.

      I am definitely keeping a copy of the poem on me at all times. I am even putting the handwritten copy on my motivation wall.

      And here I thought it was a lot of food. That was a 12oz steak, a baked potato, two stalks of broccoli (only one pictured), and a salad. We were absolutely stuffed afterward. I had to roll myself to the couch and loosen the belt. haha

  6. Scott

    That might be the best poem of all time

  7. lindsay

    that’s a big piece of broccoli. at least you thought about how you use your toes in yoga. when i had toe surgery a couple years ago i thought “well i’ll do yoga, it’s just stretching”. yeah that didn’t work out so well.

    very impressive watching that plough play-by-play you linked to. that does not look like a comfortable position but strangely i want to try it right now on my cubicle floor. think i will wait til i am at home though.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      The thought of you busting out some yoga on the floor of your cubicle gave me a chuckle. haha. Thanks for that.

      If yoga is just stretching, why does it hurt so much??!? 🙂

  8. Morgan

    That was the sweetest poem ever! Good job Jennie!!! And way to drop the ball on her v-day present… gees when did you order it anyway? Monday? 🙂 J/K! Looks like y’all had a wonderful night! Glad the toe is feeling better!!! I cringe every time I think of it!!!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Give me some credit! I ordered it last week. The post office has just been taking their sweet old time. The tracking showed it arriving in GR on Monday but it still hasn’t arrived. Looks like I might have to make a trip to the post office :-/

  9. Matt Smith

    What a great blog! First, your wife rocks! What a sweet poem. She sounds like a really great person to not only be your cheerleader, but she gets out there and trains with you a bunch too! Also, your puppy is so cool! I’m glad your Valentine’s day was great. Good luck with the toe.


  10. Krista@CommitmentisLiberating

    Glad your toe is feeling better 🙂

    Love that poem!! Jennie is very talented!

  11. Joel

    So I had to go back to see what you had done to your foot. I was hoping for some fantastic story about how you wiped out in all the snow/ice or something. Instead, I read about how you went toe-to-paw with your pup and got totally dogged!

    Glad that you’re on the mend. Bruises like that can be tough to deal with.

  12. Colleen Kingery

    That poem is awesome – what a great wife! 🙂

    And I bet Bailey slept really well that night! 🙂 What a cutie!

  13. Matt

    LOVED Jennie’s poem!!!!

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