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, June 18, 2010

The time has come

I've made it to Sheridan safely. When I left Driggs yesterday, it was 33 degrees and snowing. Temps dropped to 23, it was snowing, and road dangerously icy in spots. By the time I got to Sheridan, Wyoming, it was sunny with blue skies, temps in the 60s and a fierce wind. It's nice to see what spring looks like right before the first day of summer! The trees down (at 4,000 feet) all have leaves and flowers in people's yards are blooming.

I registered yesterday and got checked out by medical. Everyone gets checked out by medical. I hand medical an NADF emergency protocol form and permission to give me a shot. They were very attentive and remembered me from last year!!

In the motel lobby, Jim and Elaine struck up a conversation with me and we ended up going out to dinner together and then we walked around in downtown Sheridan.

Because my husband was unable to pace me, he did not come to Sheridan with me. It is a strange feeling to be flying solo. As a result of him not coming, I tried to be very meticulous with my preparations. My hope is that the index cards I printed out to remind me of things will serve as a second brain. I'm trying something new during this race, sublingual HC made in a troche form by my compounding pharmacist (thanks for the great idea gal on

This is the very first time in the near decade I've had Addison's that I'm a little resentful about Addison's and the meds. As I was trying to plan out what meds I would take and how I would remember to take them, I was angry and thought, "Why me? This is such a pain in the ass!!" My next thought was, as usual, "Damn all those healthy people who are wasting perfect health that they take for granted by eating themselves to death. Who are sitting on the couch when they could be mowing the lawn or throwing a ball with their kids without any medicine adjustments or having to carry things around. Damn the lazy overeaters!!!"

Anyhoo, I'm out to breakfast right now. In 1.5 hours, I will leave for Dayton where the prerace meeting is held and the race will start. I'm nervous as hell. Feeling pretty good despite the big circles under my eyes. I bedazzled my shirt and arm warmers last night so I'm ready to go and sparkle.

My only goal for this race is to finish. The weather looks like it will be perfect. The trail will probably be very muddy and quite snowy in spots. I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be. If everything works out, I should start today at 11 am and finish tomorrow before 9 pm.