We are now at the point in our Ironman training, where we either have it or we don’t. We did our hardest weekends of training last week and this week. Last week, in addition to our weekday workouts, we did a 109-mile bike & 3-mile run brick, followed by a 16-mile run the next day. This Saturday, we did a 62-mile bike & 5-mile run brick, and Sunday, we did an 18-mile run. Now, we start to back off. We now have 20 days until IMAZ.
This week’s workouts will still be substantial, but nothing like the previous two weeks. And then next week, our training plan has the word “easy” written all over it … “Easy swim” … “Easy bike” … “Easy Run” … And so forth. That’s when we will be in full-on “tapering” mode. I will be doing lots if stretching in the hot tub at the gym. And foam rolling. And sleeping. (Foam rolling is where you use this foam roller to massage out the kinks in your muscles. You sort of sit or lie on it and roll back and forth.)
I had wanted to work up to a 20-mile run, but it just didn’t happen. I am listening to my body, and it’s saying that anything more will lead to injury. I think Craig feels the same way.
Besides, we need all this extra time to pack. I am already obsessing about what needs to be set aside for the suitcase. But that’s a blog entry all to itself. Tune in next week to find out…
So, today marks the three-week point after my kidney donation surgery (hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy).
This week was my first back in my own home, as I spent the fist two weeks recovering at my Mom’s house. I spent this week getting back into household chores and such. It is hard to remind yourself not to lift anything over 10 lbs., and you notice how much you use your abs for silly things like putting sheets on a bed and cleaning.
But, luckily, my husband has been around to help carry groceries and stuff. I’m also back to driving my car, which isn’t a big deal at all. I’ve been walking up to 4 miles the last couple of days, and the only thing I still notice is the need to go to bed early each night. New Year’s Eve should be interesting! I’m not sure I can make it to midnight 🙂
All in all the use of my ab muscles has been the biggest thing I’ve noticed this late in recovery. It’s just going to take a good while until they are back to normal. But if that’s the only thing I have an issue with, I certainly can’t complain! I still have some minor pain, but not anything bad enough to even take Tylenol for.
My stepdad (kidney recipient) got his staples out yesterday and is recovering nicely. He is also walking a lot and has gone up to 1.5 miles, which is great for him! I’m so happy for him!
I go back to work next week. I’m glad I took another week, as I really could have overdone it and hurt something. For other people considering donation, I would say that a two-week recovery might be possible, but if you have the option, definitely try to take a full three weeks for recovery. And some people might need as much as six weeks. I’m glad I don’t, though, because I would totally go crazy by then!
Cheers & Happy New Year!
For those who might be reading this blog because they are considering donating a kidney, this post may be of interest; for others, this may be TMI…
So, it is my third full day home after the donation. While I was in the hospital, the nurses wanted me to have a bowel movement or at least pass gas, so they could know my digestive system was back in business before they would discharge me. Luckily, I did have a very small “BM” the day after surgery. But although it was good enough to get me a ticket out of there, it didn’t amount to much.
Therefore, my focus over the last few days has been on relieving some really uncomfortable constipation. I’ve had prunes, lemon water, tons of regular water, stool softeners and other such remedies. But not until today, when I had stopped taking my pain meds and went for an extra long walk, was I able to finally GO! I was so happy. Five days’ worth of you-know-what – finally out of my system! So, I wanted to share my experience in case it is useful to others.
I recommend lots of water, lots of walking, and giving up your pain meds once you are able. Don’t force yourself or do any of this before you are ready. Also, be aware of over-laughing… My husband is hilarious, but I had to declare a humor moratorium, because laughing is still too painful and was even worse while constipated. Maybe I will be able to handle it again in a few days 🙂