Training Update: Here We Go, Again… Again

IMG_9267My neck is still a little twingey but we’ve agreed that if I keep traction-ing, icing, and PT-ing, I can get back to training.

My goal is to get my IronFat event done by the end of May for several reasons:

1. I want to do it before it gets too hot. Heat is my enemy. I would have preferred to do it in March but there’s no way I’ll be ready in time so I’ll hope for a cool day in May.

2. I may have a little speaking tour coming up in Portland in June and I’d like to have this behind me when I go so I don’t have to worry about training and such.

3. OMG am I so very ready to be done with this.

That said, based on all the unknowns,  I’m going to see how it goes before I set a final date.

We’re going to ease back into it a bit and then build the mileage that I need. I’ve been allowed to do things slow walking and light weight lifting and such, but nothing that might strain or irritate my neck – every time I tried it set my rehab back. So I haven’t been really training since September.

Today was a short walk (Short as in, it may have taken my GPS watch – nickname: Old Unreliable –  longer to find the satellites than it took me to complete this walk.) Good news – my neck feels fine. Bad news – to say that I am out of shape would be vastly understating it. Getting from where I am today to where I  need to be to complete the event in May is going to be a challenge.

I may have told you this before, but my iPod is…kind of psychic. It almost always knows the right thing to play at the right time. So I pulled up my Massive Workout Playlist (basically every song I’ve had on every playlist since I was training for my first  marathon.)

The first song that came on was Queen’s Under Pressure. Thanks for the reminder, iPod.

The song that it played for the last bit of the workout was Pink’s Just Like Fire. I realized that it’s the perfect song to make the theme for this last stage of my journey:

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About Ragen Chastain

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be Iron-distance triathlete, Activist, Fat Person.
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3 Responses to Training Update: Here We Go, Again… Again

  1. Anita Garcia says:

    You’ve managed to conquer so much, so this should be another victory of the soul. The Flying Rhino pack is right there with you! Go, Ragen!


  2. nosnikrapzil says:

    Glad you are back to training; I get the feeling about feeling less fit than previously. I am strictly limited to what I am allowed to do because of my blood cancer and the anaemia issues it is causing. My fitness level is very low, and I am not used to that.


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