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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kicking marmots (kidding) and running all over the Tetons!

I've got two posts today because I thought I posted last week but did not.  Look at the next post below...or don't.  Whatever works.

I am feeling so much better than I did in June.  I think doing MdS and the international travel made me hypothyroid.  Now that I've got my thyroid numbers up, I feel human and ready to run!

I am doing Wasatch 100 on September 9, 2011 in Utah.  My friend Elise is doing it too.  Although I haven't been training as hard or consistently as I have in the past, I think this will work for me.  I don't feel achy or exhausted from running.  I'm hardly following a schedule but I'm really enjoying myself.

As far as Addison's goes, I got into some stinging nettle and was not able to wash it off until about 10 hours after it happened.  I had (what I consider) a HORRIBLE reaction.  Despite Benedryl, hydrocortisone cream, numbing cream (for waxing, it was 2 am and I was miserable, it was worth a try!), I was miserably itchy and didn't sleep all night from the itching, tossing and turning.  At 4:30 am, my inner Wanda voice instructed me to take an extra 10 mg of HC and that helped tremendously.

 Looking down the stinging nettle bushwhack of Red Mountain "trail".



 There is STILL snow at the top of Red Mountain.  The traverse above to the exposed trail was a little hairy and made me nervous.  I made it though.



 More than beautiful.  Near Elk Flat.



 Half way point of my run. 


 A bird I rescued from a pond near my house.  What is it?



 A big, tall, old aspen tree on a stunningly beautiful blue sky day.

From the top of Table Mountain.


 
From the top of Table Mountain also.  July 25th.  SO-MUCH-SNOW



I really hate rodents but didn't actually make contact with this one.  On top of Table Mountain.



Ick.  Don't eat pink snow.


I took a shot like this last year.  A repeat but it still takes my breath away.  From Devil's Staircase looking down into Teton Canyon.  When I move, this is what I will miss.



I don't know what this is called except nice.



 
Taken on the way down Table Mountain



 
Taken on Death Canyon shelf later in the day.  Same view, just closer to the mountains.



 Taken from the same rock you see me laying on above but in the opposite direction.  That's the Grand Teton.



 Teton Canyon.  The trail is designated Wilderness.  No motorized stuff can be used like helicopters, ATVs and chain saws.  Work is done the old fashioned way.  People were filling 5 gallon buckets with gravel, pouring the buckets of gravel into the mule's panniers, and then they were transporting the gravel to the trail with the mules.  Very cool.




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