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.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Thinking about visiting Teton Valley, Idaho?

Last call for visiting us here in Idaho!  We are moving when my son graduates in May of 2012.  Seems like a long way off but if you like to sightsee or spend time outside in relative warmth, your window is very small.  July and August are the only reliably nice weather months.  Additionally, July and August are PACKED with community activities and fun stuff going on in Teton Valley.  Yellowstone and Grand Teton can be a day trip from here and are awesome to visit.  May, June, September and October are unreliable weather months here in Teton Valley.  They might be nice but then again, they might be what you experience in the middle of winter.  In close proximity, we've got trails to hike, golf, blue ribbon fly fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, etc.  Jackson Hole is 20 miles from here.

If you like snow and cold and you want to visit, you've got plenty of time!  Want to ski?  Some of the best powder in the country is  25 miles away at Grand Targhee.
If you're interested in coming to visit during the summer months, make your reservations soon.  Our house is very small.  The one spare bed will be offered on a first come, first serve basis!

Want to visit and sleep in a bed?  Want a tour guide?  Give us all call or email and let us know soon!  We've already got a few things on our Summer of 2011 schedule.

We're looking forward to your visit!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mike of Project America Run has completed his TransAmerica run and tribute to fallen US soldiers!

From his website:
"On May 1st 2010, Mike Ehredt, a retired Postal Clerk and Army Veteran, touched the wheel of his jogger stroller in the Pacific Ocean in Astoria, OR and began an epic 4514 mile journey across the country to Honor and Remember Service Members lost in Iraq. He placed flags that hold a yellow ribbon bearing the Name, Rank, Service, Age and Hometown of those whose dreams and ambitions were taken so quickly from us. The flags were placed each mile along the roads he traveled in reverse chronological order by date of death, till the very last flag he placed on the shores of the Atlantic in Rockland, Maine on October 15th, 2010."

This was a personal tribute, a silent memorial for those who have served with dignity and honor and whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mike's blog is full of touching, wonderful stories about his amazing journey.  I can guarantee you that some of his stories will bring you to tears.


Monday, October 18, 2010

It's been so long!

A veiw of the Tetons from Fogg Hill

It's been so long and it's amazing that I have so little to say!  I felt the need to post an update before posting a bunch of rants.

This has been an amazing and spectacular fall.  Usually we've had a lot of snow by now.  This year we're able to enjoy the fall colors without snow ruining the experience.
Fall colors in the Tetons.  Near Hunt's Corral

Near Fogg Hill

Henderson Canyon

I've been running a lot in preparation for a 100K that I'm doing with Elise.  It's the Antelope Island 100K.  Antelope Island is in the Great Salt Lake.  I've done the spring 50 miler down there (check out the buffalo video clip at the end).  It's a beautiful place and I'm looking forward to going down there again.  Best of all, Elise is coming down from Kalispell, Montana to run it too!!  Yay!!!

Because I needed a change of pace with exercise, I tried a 5 day Beginner yoga class.  Surprisingly, I LOVED it!!!!  Since I have decent balance and some strength, I can attempt some hard moves too.  I like that the yoga I'm doing is slow so I don't need to be coordinated.  I think doing yoga will help my general fitness a lot.  Besides, I'm sick and tired of lifting weights in my cold garage all alone.

The Addison's Support Forum has been busy, busy, busy with questions and wisdom.  Thanks to all who ask questions and contribute answers.

True to form, once things have slowed down, swimming lessons are over, clients are probably not coming back until the snow flies, I have picked up another job.  I am incredibly excited about this opportunity!  I will be assisting with the administrative details of the US, Canadian, NZ and AUS entrants for the Marathon des Sable.  One of the perks of doing this work is that I will be a participant in the 26th Marathon des Sable.  It's a race across 150 miles (or so) of the Sahara Desert.  It is a stage race which means the mileage will be spread out over 6 days of running.  The dates are April 1 - April 11, 2011.  I am so looking forward to doing this classic race across the Moroccan desert!!!

Blood on the trail!  Hunters everywhere!!  PU old blood stinks!

Look at the handy rifle holder on the 4 wheeler.  This is why I carry bear spray!!  Hunters with guns, their dogs and Great Pyrenees protecting their sheep.  The bears RUN away when they see (smell?!) me.  The dogs and hunters, not so much!!!  Pole Canyon Saddle
The lower saddle of this ridge was my goal last Sunday.  I didn't even make it close.  It was such a nice day, I didn't care!!!  From Game Creek, looking up at the Teton Crest Trail.

Yay, it's warm!  Note the brightly colored shirt to avoid being shot at.  Game Creek

cool, Henderson Canyon

This ridge looked so cool, I had to take a picture.  Big Holes, near Henderson Canyon
I'm totally obsessed with these mini Herefords.  They are about 3.5 feet tall at the shoulder!!!  So cute!!

I embarrass my 16 year old son at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and am hastily herded out of the children's section by said 16 year old.

The 16 year old allows me to take a picture of him.