elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Allergic to Weekdays

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Last week I was stuffy and sneezy and over the weekend I was fine. Today, Monday, I am stuffy and sneezy again. I have concluded it is due to one of two causes – I am allergic to weekdays or the chlorine is irritating me now that I am flipping in the pool. While I enjoy flipping and would like to believe I am allergic to weekdays, common sense and true reason would indicate it is the chlorine. I am considering testing this out by not flipping in the pool one day and see if there is a difference. After working so hard to master a flip turn, I really do not want to miss it. So what is a girl to do? Call her doctor who also is a triathlete, luck of lucks! In the past I have used Flonase drops when allergies get bad. Even the “non-drowsy” over the counter allergy pills make me sleepy. I am already stuffy and sneezy, that dwarf can stay home. Fortunately I have not had to use any allergy medicine for almost two years. Looks like the tide has turned and my doc understands the need to swim, so I should be good to go soon.

This morning I did swim – hence the return of my sneeze. The workout was 2,500 meters in an endurance workout. I was a little off, but when I compare my times to just a few months ago I am improving. By the time I got home this afternoon, I was dragging but didn’t want to miss my run. I usually feel more energized after running. Out the door I went and along the way I decided on 3 miles. I have added an additional run on Saturdays so I know my mileage won’t suffer if I take it easy. Easy as in not as far as 5 miles today. My pace was great, even with the hills I face I ran negative splits (faster with each mile) and the last mile was uphill the first half. I felt great when I finished, but still sluggish. I plan on going to bed early after my chicken soup for dinner. Two of the best aides for how I feel – sleep and chicken soup.

Listening to my body and making adjustments is an integral part of training. Unfortunately there are no set references to go to like a set workout to determine what to do. Ignoring the issue and thinking I am allergic to weekdays may be funny, but it won’t stop reality. Modification to training, rest, proper diet all help. Just like with swimming, sometimes I need to seek the guidance of a coach, or my doctor in this case. I know I would rather address the little things now before the big things develop and hold me back. All part of living day by day and enjoying the journey.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

7 thoughts on “Allergic to Weekdays

  1. Go to a doctor, why didn’t I think of that?

  2. Sounds like your swimming is coming along great! I am notoriously sneezy and snotty after a swim workout, and I know the chlorine is to blame…Even though I also fight allergies, especially this time of year.
    Glad to know you’ve conquered the ol’ flip turns.

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