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Learn to blogg day 3

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Hello, today is my day three with Bradley Will, the entire 30 Days of Content, to learn to blog.

I’m an Ironman athlete and I have done four ironman. My fifth will be in Sweden, in August 2016. I would like my blogg to be about healthy living and my training, my triathlon experiences, and that life is not over after 50.

However, now when I’m sitting here trying to write, I’m listening to the news, and all I can think of is the horrid terrorist attacks that’s happening around us. I’m thinking of Paris.

My homeland Sweden, where I grew up in, is in state of High terrorist alert level four out of five. Because a terrorist escaped from Paris and entered Sweden. I think of my family and friends there and suddenly all the threats and terrorist attacks become much more real. Reality is our world is changing by evil itself. We are not safe anywhere. But despite this, I want to write about my  life and how fortunate and grateful am I can do what I do. That is, to race Ironman triathlons and coach other athletes, and continue to share a healthy living all over the world. Peace!

Learning to blog

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So I joined a 30 days blogchallenge; learn how to blog. I do want to learn. And my number one lesson is to “remember” to blogg. haha. 🙂

Anyhow, much has has happened since I last blogged about Ironman Frankfurt. I did a couple of shorter triathlons and the R&R half marathon. In the Boulder sunset sprint I placed 2nd in my age group. On the 1/2 marathon I missed sub 2hrs with 3min. Next timeI’ll get there.  I’m still going to Physical therapy twice a week. A whole year since the car accident and I’m still struggling, ugh. In end of December I will start training for Ironman Kalmar. I need to be all healed by then.

 

Five month since the accident and still not fully recovered.

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Wow, amazing how time flies. It has now been 5 months since I was in the two accidents and not very much has happened since then when it comes to my training. I have literally not been training at all. 😦

I suffered a severe concussion, a whiplash and a severe hematoma on my hip which has caused me not to be able to run or bike.  I have had post traumatic anxiety and I still struggle with organization and time management. I have had severe migraine. But, what is my issues compare to my youngest son who suffered a Traumatic brain injury and survived a nearly fatal accident a year ago? Nothing! If he can overcome such a tragic, I certainly can too. He’s my inspiration.
I did end up doing the IMboulder, not as a competitor, but as a volunteer, and boy that was fun but hard work during a long day. I worked in T2 section and I met so many of my friends racing. Interesting to see from another perspective than the side of an athlete , do I really look like this when I race? Yes, probably, almost all the athletes who came in looked like they were dying, either from dehydration, pain, you name it, but very soon they changed into their running gears and went off in the run to finish the Ironman.We are a funny group of people us triathletes, what pain we put ourselves in volunteering. ha,ha.

The running has been off and on, short distances. I have not biked at all since I’ve not been allowed to, but lately it’s because I don’t have a bike. It was totalled and I’m still waiting for insurance money from the driver who hit me.
Swim has been off and on as well, I finally can move my arms over my head with no pain.
So training has not been very efficient, but my goal has been to get healed and I think I finally starting to feel ready to start again.
I’m officially signed up for Ironman Frankfurt on July 5th, 2015, bring it on.

Back to ER, hit by a car

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Back to ER, hit by a car

Todays planned 100 miles ride was cut short at 55 miles when I got hit by a car. Just three weeks after the other bike accident. I was riding the Boulder course with coach Yoli and my team mate Evelyn who was sag wagon. The weather is beautiful and the sight is very clear. I saw the car and thought for sure the driver had seen me. The car was at a stop sign to the left of me, and I had the right away. No other cars were around.

Coach Yoli was about 50 meters ahead of me. I was riding 24 miles/hr, yes actually one of the few times I reached that speed on a flat road. 🙂 Suddenly the car accelerate out in front of me, I reacted by instinct and swerved right but couldn’t get away from the car fast enough. The car hit me on my left side, I flew on top on the car’s hood along with my bike and then fell down to the ground. The car stopped, Thank Goodness. The driver came out and said she never saw me and she apologized for hitting me. (Later she told the police she barely hit me and that I fell on top my bike, whatever!! ) The ambulance came and took me to ER. Again!!

End result no broken bones, but black and blue and sore everywhere. My left hip is hugely swollen and sore. But I’m still here!! 😀

Life doesn’t always go the way you want sometimes. I’m starting to wonder if I’m part of the “Final destination” movie without knowing it!! Ugh!!

**Please keep your eyes open for everything when you’re out biking. Don’t assume they see you, even if you do have the right away. Be aware. I have a feeling it might be worse when we’re getting closer to IMBoulder and everyone are out on training rides and cars that don’t pay attention. **

Climb in Red Rocks- dinosaur ridge-Bear Creek

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Climb in Red Rocks- dinosaur ridge-Bear Creek

Well today went a whole lot better on the bike than my first ride on Thursday. Today I got on I was a little shaky, but it went away pretty fast. We staretd out by Conoco station in morrison and climbed up to Red Rocks and then back over dinosaur ridge to then enter into Bear creak. my coach told the others in my team to push it like a TT and she told me to take it easy. And so I did, I climbed and felt a bit out of breath. it felt a little discouraged, but I have not been on my bike for 3 1/2 weeks so what did I expect? I ended up riding 26 miles today and I ran 1 mile on 10 min. Not a bad start. I think I’m ready for my 100 milers tomorrow. 🙂

First time back on my bike after the accident

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First time back on my bike after the accident

First time back on my bike after the accident.

Whoa, I sure had a interesting experience today. I was riding my bike for the first time after the bike accident three weeks ago, and as soon I got on it I got a horrible shake and nausea, and I suddenly got real nervous to the point I started to cry. I biked from Conoco in Morrison into Bear creek, barely a mile and my condition was like I had a nervous breakdown. Luckily, I met up with my coach Yoli and my teammates, who all were very supportive and understanding. I felt really silly that I cried. I guess I experienced some sort of post trauma anxiety.

My coach had me do cone drills, pick up bottles, circle the cones, stand up on the bike etc. then she sent me out to ride very easy and adviced me to only think of my position and my gears and not let any fear come into my mind. I started to feel better. After an hour the shake went away and my confident started to come back. I could feel my body getting adjusted into aero position, except for my neck who was screaming out of pain, but even my neck got quiet after a while. I silently talked to my “Snow” (bike)..yes, I do talk to my bike. 😉 I was reassured everything was ok, not to be scared and nervous. I felt pretty soon at ease. I felt a calm when I biked around Bear Creek and my fear was gone, at least for this time.

First OWS at the Gravel pond, Chatfield Reservoir , CO

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Oh, how I love this little pond. It’s not open for public, you need to have a special pass in able to swim there. It’s been open since May 1st, and usually I go in the first day to get acclimated to the cold. But this year I decided not to. The water was perfect 64 degrees, 16C, couldn’t be better, with wetsuit that is. I swam a mile and it felt awesome. My arms felt a little heavier than in the pool, but that’s normal. My time is always a bit slower in open water. The weather was sunny and high eighties, perfect. The water was clear and one of my tri-peep saw the big fishes clearly swimming, I’m glad I didn’t. I have seen them before and it freaks me out a bit. Another friend swam and a big snake crossed her path few yards ahead of her, she was told it was a bull snake. Eeek, glad it wasn’t me. The good thing is that nature is around us and even thou it can freak me out sometimes, I truly appreciate it and I feel blessed living in a state as beautiful as Colorado.

They say Chatfield is going to be filled with water in a few years to accommodate everyones need of water. This makes me sad since the Park has grown into a recreational park with cyclists, runners, campers, family, wild animals, rare bird nests, you name it. Even thou many of us has signed the petition to save the Park, they are doing it. 😦

 

 

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