Monday, April 03, 2006

Weekend...such a tease..

On Friday, I saw a teeth specialist for getting an implant. He told me I need to see a radiologist first, scan the jaws, and clean the teeth. All I can think about is geez how much more is this going to cost. In my mind, I keep asking God for help...with the change of job..training and teeth fixing...nothing is consistent. Everything is tied down together. Need money to buy gears but can't b/c gotta fix teeth. Time wise is tough b/c with the commute, there is less time to train. Spending more time to commute also means more money on gas (also less money to train). If I quit now, there is no money coming in to fix teeth and pay to train. Not sure about without a front tooth will land me a job..I just hope they don't hire me b/c of my great smile :D..haha.

Expenses wise I am scrapping by. I don't know how the teeth fixing will affect my training. Just going to take it one day at a time. Not going to do a bike fit for now. I need to get a wetsuit in May so have to start saving some money for that. Also need to pay for the races.

My friend and I suppose to go for a bike ride on Friday afternoon. What a tease. I got my bike gears ready and was riding on his street. This is the first time I rode outside since last Sept. He told me he would be back by 2:45 pm. By 3 pm he ain't even there....argh...by the time he arrived, it was 3:30 pm and I need to clock in 4.5 hr bike ride. It is too late so I decided to head back home (beat the traffic jam). I did have a chance to see and touch his P3 Carbon. Oh geez, the bike is a beauty. It is so light. He even let me ride it around the parking lot. It is a bit small for my size. The angle is extremely steep.

Went home, did 30 min of hill running and 30 min at the pool. Called it a day.

Sat...went for a ride. Wind was brutal. I saw ducks trying to take off..they didn't fly, they just hover. I didn't spent too much time on the aerobars as I am not that good handling it yet. Planned for 4.5 hr and I ended with 3.5 hr. My toes were frozen. Next time wear wool socks. In my head, I am thinking, geez how in the world am I going ot bike for 5+ hours PLUS run a marathon after this. Oh yeah, I am humbled by the distance. I was telling Jamie before yeah it ain't that hard..I can picture myself doing it :D....gotta build up that aerobic base...

Went to get my root canals...it wasn't too bad. The first question I asked my dentist after he was done was "can I go swim". He said yeah :D. I had a pizza and beer afterwards :D

Sun..also suppose to go for a ride with a friend. She just had her bike fitted and she just got a road bike. Great...once again I loaded my car with bike gears. Her car decided to die that day. So spent 3 hr with her waiting for them to toll her car. No riding for me. Feeling really lazy though, got home decided to do another 30 min hill run. Called it a day.

As you see, both days i got teased. Maybe it is the April Fool thing but it wasn't funny :D. You also notice I haven't swam for a while. When I swam on Fri, my shoulders were tired. I figure a few days of rest, I should have them good to go.

I am seeing the Swim Coach tonight. I want to be fresh. That's why I didn't do any workout this morning.

14 comments:

IMmike said...

Sorry to hear about your root canal. I had one a couple of years ago and thought it was better than having a cavity filled. They medicate you so well these days. Be careful with training while your on the meds though.

Habeela said...

I can imagine you at your next interview when they ask why they should hire you.."well, I have beautiful teeth! Duh!" :D

Glad to know I'm not the only one who has trouble getting life to cooperate with my training schedule. I'm sure the rest of the week will be better.

William said...

I find that has been true for me too Cliff. People say they want to ride, but when it comes down to it, they don't.

Well, you got a great 3.5 hour ride in and with the wind, it will really help build that endurance.

Hilda said...

Who said training is about just going? It means lots of gear and learning so also you need to buy books, unfurtunately that means MONEY... grrrrr

Don't worry too much about the dentist while training I was worried too but there is no difference or inconvenients I wish it is the same for you.
I had a root canal last week and it is fine... but it cost 500!! How much is there? Implants... just imagine....

mipper said...

hey you jinxed me Cliff! you said if I listened to IronBenny i'd start liking the swim. that night i went swimming and decided, "hey i like to swim!" and then i decided... "it's all Cliff's fault!" lol.

hope the teeth/job/money stuff work out. i had to have a buch of my teeth fixed after my 4th baby. it really takes it out of you. you never realize how much energy it all saps. take it easy and don't overdo things. take care.

jameson said...

i am finding that training, work, and everyday life can take a bit of juggling. you seem to be just rolling with the punches and not dwelling on a missed/shortened workout. good job, keep it up!

Mike said...

Cliff- nice that you were able to get in that training between all the dental appts! I remember getting my wisdom teeth pulled awhile back and the last thing I would have wanted to do was train!
Nice to see that you are staying positive and keeping your sense of humor!

qcmier said...

I hear you about medical bills vs triathlon and training gear. I'd vote for the bike fit over the wetsuit.

Rachel said...

Wow! Take it easy. You're doing so much, and you just had a root canal! Teeth come first. Definitely. Implants kind of suck. Well...getting them. But after it's all done, you'll forget they're not real. I have 3. Congrats on biking in cold weather, b.t.w. I couldn't do it.

Thomas said...

Root canal - ugh! I'd rather run a marathon. In fact, I definitely prefer running a marathon. I can handle that kind of pain, no problem. But someone jiggling around in my jaw - ouch. No, the thought alone hurts too much!

Kewl Nitrox said...

Man... I identify totally with your frustrations. The last two times I brought out the bike, it POURED - the sort of tropical downpour that causes flash floods. Hope things get betta this weekend so I can squeeze in a ride before INDIA.

Don't feel so bad, at least you got to try out a P3! So are you getting a larger piggy bank? ;)

Dave said...

I'm not gonna say much because I just plain hate the dentist! With 8 years of braces you learn to deal with the pain though.

Rae said...

Man, what a weekend! I've never had a root canal but they sound painful!! Some weekends just weren't meant for intense training!

Susan said...

Good luck with your tooth and all the finance that come with it. Sounds like you are super busy right now.