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.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


It's official. Allison, my friend and workout/running partner of the last 12 years, has taken a job in Boise, Idaho. Boise is 6.5 hours away so I'll rarely see her let alone have her as a workout buddy. I'm looking for a new workout partner. Email me at or call me (my number's in the Teton Valley book) if you know someone or you fit the description below.

Here's the job description:

  • Teton Valley resident
  • Fun
  • Interesting
  • Female
  • Spontaneous
  • Up for stupid ideas
  • Would rather go on an adventure than a "run"
  • Wears rhinestones and tiaras
  • Not afraid to get dirty
  • Doesn't worry about animals eating us while were in the woods
  • Can get me to do things I don't want to do
  • Doesn't mind trespassing once in a while
  • Wants to go to the gym 3 times a week (Ridgeline in Victor)
  • Wants to go on a long run/hike/adventure/snowshoe or combination once a week or two
  • Likes to eat
  • Has ability to laugh at self
  • Will slap me if I'm being a jerk
  • Skips for fun
  • Eats good chocolate
  • Likes running and mountain biking
  • Is a dork
  • Has a nice husband
  • Likes Ultimate Fighting and will come to my house for Pay Per View
  • Good cook
  • Will wear matching outfits to the gym by accident
I'm not kidding about this whole thing.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

9 times in 9 months and some turkeys

Yep, by the skin of my teeth I've run from Teton Canyon to the base of Grand Targhee at least once a month for the last nine months (a 2008 goal). I did it yesterday on September 30th. I was tired and walked a lot but I did it anyway. I think I fell asleep before 9 pm. I don't think I took extra hydrocortisone and I think I really needed it! My whole body is a little achy today so I upped my HC by 5 mg, 10 probably would have been more appropriate.

I'm really glad I did the run/walk even though all I had energy for was the road (11.4 miles as opposed to 12 - 14 on the trail or the Grand Teton Races loop). I didn't find one darned treasure or money along the way but it was a gorgeous run. Pictures below.

I don't currently have any goals and I 'm working on them. I'll definitely get into the gym tomorrow and lift because I'm doing it BEFORE I go to work!


The Grand Teton and some aspens, they looked that bright in real life!


A view down the road

Trees that haven't turned pretty colors yet

Teton Valley from the road up to Targhee

The usual shot of the Tetons (Left to Right Teewinot, The Grand, Middle, South) with some fall color

At work today the turkeys invaded the deck. Look at Mr. Nosey in the right hand corner, he kept poking his head back and forth, watching me.

A shot of the turkeys from a different angle. Look at the color of those bushes in the background!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Picture album and migraines

I've spent the last 2 days hanging out between the bed and the couch with migraines. When I got my FOURTH migraine yesterday morning, Kate helped me decide that I ought to go to the doctor to get a shot or two to break the cycle. I did it. I hate shots but they seem to have done the trick. So far no new migraines. The doctor prescribed a new med for me to try to get rid of migraines once they happen but so far no ideas about how to keep them from occuring in the first place.

I guess I need to mention that the reason that migraines are so dangerous for me is because if I start throwing up, I dehydrate easily. In addition, I can't take the main medicine (hydrocortisone) that keeps me alive. Lastly, if I do start throwing up and can't keep liquids down, I end up in the Emergency Room with an IV and it's really expensive to have that happen.

I can't remember if I've posted this Picasa photo album
Grand Teton Races 100, 50 and Trail Marathon

Grand Teton Races 100, 50 and Trail Marathon
link with pictures of the Grand Teton Races. The pictures are of the 100 milers, 50 milers, Trail Marathon runners and our Support Crew (Allison and Dave). There are a lot of pictures!

Running has fallen by the wayside because I've been so busy and from lack of planning.