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.

Monday, August 9, 2010


So much of the trail was like this. This is Warrior Mountain.

Thanks so much to everyone who sent me encouraging emails, texts and positive thoughts. I appreciate it so much. Thanks also to my husband who supports my crazy running habit even though he thinks I should aim for shorter distances!
Get ready for a slew of posts over the next week. Here's my Swan Crest 100 race report. Sorry this is so long! Here's a link to all of the pictures if you're interested in seeing the gorgeousness of northern Montana.

A woman named Elise offered to pace me. I met Elise through a mutual friend and we'd corresponded through email. She not only offered to pace me but also put me up and show me around. I liked her immediately! She was the best pacer that never got a chance to pace EVER! She showed me where I would meet the shuttle at 5:30 am the next day, attended the pre-race meeting and drove us there, she made sure I was up at 4:30 am the morning of the race, came to the start and took pictures and was at the aid station as I came in at mile 43.5. As I was dry heaving, she whipped her hand under my forehead to hold my head. She sat in the tent with me as I warmed up and hydrated me and made me eat. I think Elise and I have a long future ahead of us, she's awesome.

Me, Elise and part of my dehydration problem, a huckleberry martini
The race started with 9 miles of gravel road and then went to stunning, over grown single track ("brush tunnel"), through avalanche debris and then up to clear, gorgeous single track. The views were stunning!!! I did not take extra florinef the morning of or the morning before the race. As a result of the lower florinef dosing, my hand and foot swelling was very slight, probably well within the normal range. Yet again, the nausea got me around mile 15. HOWEVER, it was greatly reduced in severity. By mile 40, I threw up. I quit at mile 43.5 and had to hike out 3 miles to get to a car to get to Elise's house.

9 miles of gravel road with beautiful views

There was a trail through here!
A mile of this and worse.

Quitting was a good decision. I am sure my problem was dehydration. In retrospect, I had some water through Thursday afternoon and evening. Probably a quart. Then I had coffee Friday morning. No water from 9 pm to probably 8 am. I had some water issues (not enough available to back of the packers) during the race. I used to drink a quart of gatorade between when I got up and when the race started but somehow that part of my routine has slipped away and needs to be corrected.

I was hardly sore at all after 46.5 miles and felt OK the day after the race. The day I drove home, I felt fine. So it seems my training is solid but my prerace hydration is poor. Eliminating extra florinef helped relieve the nausea incredibly.

I'm glad I did this even if I was a quitter again. Meeting Elise, being a part of the first Montana hundred miler and getting to spend a day on amazing trails was all worth it!

An obstacle in the trail
Colorful creek crossing

Bear grass
The mountains went on forever!


Pip said...

So that's what happened? I realised you'd DNF'ed but was waiting for you to post more details. I figured you would when you were ready! That trail looks crazy - beautiful and insane at the same time. The nausea is a puzzle and I wish I had suggestions for you. I've frequently had nausea issues in races over much shorter distances than those you are running - issues I hardly ever have during training runs.

I hope you'll keep writing about your training and posting those photos, because I love reading about your adventures and seeing the places you get to!

Linda said...

Dusty, you had the guts to start and try. I haven't had the courage to try that distance; so, in my book, you are a hero!

Heather said...

You wrote "I'm glad I did this even if I was a quitter again." Dusty, you, of all people, are NOT a quitter! Anyone who has the guts to cross the starting line is a winner!
Thanks for sharing the race with all of us who *didn't* make it to the starting line.

Anonymous said...

congratulations Dusty you are my idol.... and thank you Elise for taking care of our leader!!!! as for the naseau... i would be curious if your bp was low at that time... or if next time you can bring spit viles to do cortisol spit testing??? just a thought...

Olga said...

I am with Heather. 'naugh said:) I saw the pics you put on FB (somehow I found them, even though I am not on FB) and this course looks awesome! Beautiful. Totally tough. Not cleared at all - what makes it interesting to say the least. My other friend did it and DNF'ed as well, and then another did great. Hopefully the race will pick up. You are wonderful!

Unknown said...

Thanks to all of you!

Sue, I'm SURE it was dehydration. I had very little water between 8 or 9 pm and midnight 28ish hours later, stupid, stupid, stupid. I also think I've been doing this exact thing consistently. Throw too much florinef on top of that (in the past) and it's a bad combination!

:) Dusty

Tom said...

Hey... I know Elise! I talked to her at Lean Horse and have seen her at other ultras. There are so few of us, we all get to know each other after a while.

I hate to admit it, but I think I've DNFd more times than I've finished. DNF (Did Nothing Fatal) is sometimes the smart thing to do... just think of it as another really good training run.

I look forward to the day when I get to see you at one of these crazy events....

Take care and run well!

Danni said...

Hopefully you will come back and try again! Thanks for coming!

Danni Coffman, co-RD