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Category Archives: Shoulder Injury

Huh.  I took  a week off swimming while on vacation and now my shoulders don’t hurt.  Who knew?!  Well, I did, but chose to ignore that fact, apparently.  Live and learn (maybe).cabo 2016 pic for blog1.JPG


Spin class before work

Swim practice mid-day:  4300 pain-free yards!  I found out on Monday that I do NOT need to have shoulder surgery.  The doctor told me to take Aleve (or the like) AM/PM, do my shoulder exercises, and consider getting a cortisone shot if the pain persists.  Wow, drugs really do work when you give them a chance…  I still have some degeneration in my shoulder but apparently nothing serious.  Anybody have cortisone stories to share?

Read:  just started The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd.  So far, so good!  I’ve been fooled by her before though.  I think I liked Secret Life of Bees until about 3/4 of the way through.  We’ll see.  I could use a good book.  I was underwhelmed by 2 out of the last 3 I read.

And EAT!  Soymilk hot chocolate for a “recovery” drink.  Any excuse for hot chocolate works for me.  Veggie mash mash-up for dinner – that means I’m starting with Frugal Feeding’s recipe and going rogue from there. Not sure what’s going in yet, but it will be hot and tasty and vegetarian.

Let the weekend begin.  I might even have a drink!  Hold the vermouth.


To paraphrase my husband, everybody starts out their blogging adventure with all these great ideas about what to write, and then they end up saying what they had for breakfast.

Well I say, “why wait?” – I’m going to tell you about my new favorite breakfast NOW!  Well, not so new:  a friend of mine turned me onto this delicious, nutritious (?) Overnight, No-Cook, Refrigerator Oatmeal a couple months ago and I’ve been hooked every since.  Although I’m not vegan, I’m not that crazy about milk, so I veganize the recipe by substituting soy yogurt for the greek yogurt , and I use soymilk instead of regular milk.  AND since I recently made cranberry-applesauce, I’m using that in place of the jam for now.  I don’t add fruit – it’s a mouthfeel thing, I think – but I’m sure that would be tasty.  The basic recipe is extremely adaptable; I pretty much follow the Raspberry Vanilla one with some variations.   Play w/the add-ins!  Enjoy.

Swim:  I made it through 3500 yds of masters practice last night.  Got out a little early.  I’m hoping my shoulder can tolerate shorter workouts more often, better than longer practices less often.

Bike:  Wimp that I am, it’s getting too cold for me to ride outdoors, so I’m planning to go to at least a couple spin classes every week.  If that fails, I guess I could get on my trainer…

Read:  Singing Boy, by Dennis McFarland

Run:  I actually ran yesterday!  I might even do it again someday.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Well, it is the “off” season anyway, right?  If you’re a triathlete, that is.  I think of myself as more of a swimmer, so I guess I don’t really get an off season.  Not that I want one.  I realize that it’s important to have some down time to recover and get re-energized and re-focused, but I can’t imagine doing nothing!  Well, that was quite a ramble to introduce my blog.

Welcome.  My idea is to write/rant/rave about things related to swimming and biking, and chat about what I’m reading.  Probably post a few recipes and/or drool over tasty treats.  I’m new at this, so who knows what will happen.

And then there’s that thing called life that manages to interfere with best laid plans…

I recently found out I have a Type 1 SLAP lesion.  It’s a fraying of the labrum in my left shoulder, and it’s interfering with my swimming, unfortunately.  I have an appointment to talk to an Orthopedic MD on December 3rd, and I guess we’ll go from there.  I’ll keep you posted.



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