Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Friday, July 11, 2008


A pretty sunrise over the Grand Teton

Krissy at Targhee during the Dreamchasers group run

Paul at Targhee during the group run

Yep, there's still snow up in the high country but it's melting fast!

I ran Patterson Canyon yesterday, it was fabulous except for the 32 times I had to cross the creek!!! 32!

The trail up Patterson is steep for the last .75 of a mile. This picture doesn't do it justice. At one point I was going a little too fast coming down and nearly tumbled down the hill. It was too steep for me to stop! Unfortunately, there's not much of a view when you get to the crest trail from Patterson. I would have continued on until I found a view but I was very hungry and had to go home and eat.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lots of inspiration!

Here are a few people who inspire me, I hope their accomplishments inspire you too.

Cath T
Cath has Addison's and decided to train for and run a half marathon. In May, she did it! She's also planning to run another in the Fall! Go Cath GO!!

Marta M

Marta is a friend of mine from college and has struggled with her weight as long as I've known her. She's got kidney disease and hypothyroidism. In the last year +, she's lost 112 pounds!!! She has cut out soda, watched what she eats and gets more exercise. She's made a lifestyle change that really works for her! Way to go Marta! You look about 10 years younger in addition to being healthier.Marta 2006

Marta 2008

Lisa Smith-BatchenLisa is running from Las Vegas, Nevada to Death Valley. From there, she will run up to the Mt. Whitney Portal in a race called Badwater. In addition, she will run from the Portal to the top of Mount Whitney. THAT'S 302 MILES! She doing all of this to raise money for AIDS orphans. She's raised $240,000 so far. In October, she will ride her bike 508 miles! Click here to fly the courses. Lisa's also the mom of 2 young girls and this is how she finds time to train and spend time with the girls.ShelleyShelley's got Addison's disease and POTS. She's been really proactive in finding what makes her feel better and healthier. In the last few months, she's lost 40 pounds and has maintained some very good energy. I'm so proud of the way she's figured out what works for her! Now she's making a quilt and will auction it off to raise money for the National Organization for Rare Disorders. Read more about NORD with this link. Shelley will use pieces of clothing donated by those of us with Addison's Disease and other chronic illnesses. Shelley's an incredibly talented artist and quilter.

If you have things that are especially associated with you and what you do or enjoy, please consider sending these to be included in Shelley's quilt.
Please Send Your Clothing Items and contact information to this address:
Shelley Lerdahl

501 N 3rd W,

Rigby, Idaho 83442
After the quilt is finished it will be auctioned and the highest donation bidder will then contribute the amount of their bid to N.O.R.D. in honor of Shelley Lerdahl. Neither Shelley, or the those participating in it's promotion, will receive, accept or manage any monies, all will go directly to N.O.R.D . Both the donor and Shelley will receive acknowledgment of the receipt of the donation.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Busy, busy, busy-Happy 4th and NO SNIVELING!

I'd like to do a post about electrolyte replacement and Addison's. Would you like to contribute? Have an experience to share? If so, email me at

I've picked up a new job cleaning another very large house. In 3 weeks, I'm also going to help with Mountain RATS stage race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Zane's leaving for a 28 day National Outdoor Leadership School course in the Winds on Wednesday.

People think I'm kidding but we've only got about 90 days without snow fall! Despite the lack of snow fall, I'm still bumping into snow at the top of every run. See the pictures below.

The last few days in pictures
Alicia and I in the 4th of July parade promoting the Teton Valley Hospital Foundation's Diamond Gala fund raiser on December 6th, 2008. The Foundation is trying to raise $1,000,000 for a CT scanner

An Idaho bridge

Still a lot of snow at the top of Pole canyon

Paul and I went to hike/run Table Mountain but I seem to have forgotten that the bridge was out on our selected route. We turned around and took the other route. Here's the sign at the trail head of the other (steep route)!

Paul running up the "flat" side

Me huffing an puffing and walking slowly up the "steep"side

A view of Table Mountain in the foreground, the Grand Teton, Middle Teton and South Teton in the background (left to right). We didn't end up going to the top of Table the weather was getting crappy and we were tired from the extra 5 miles! Too much snow also.

A pretty sunrise over the Grand Teton. Taken from my front yard. Forest fires in California make for nice sunrises and sunsets.