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April 14, 2021
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While I was in Helena for Bri's speech appointment (I should probably blog about that for therapeutic reasons if nothing else.) I saw a billboard for the local Governor's Cup Marathon. It has an in-person and virtual option for this year. Certainly not an "easy" course, but I really, really need to get in some road miles for IMWI so I went ahead and registered. I came really, really close this week to signing up for a trail 50k for mid-May, but this race would actually be much more race-specific training, not that I couldn't still do the 50k I guess. 
Let myself cry for a bit after school before I went home today. Bri is talking even less now than before and the "talking" hasn't even been words except in a few isolated one-off instances ("kitty cat" at 6 months but never again, "hop, hop" after a speech session a few months ago but never again). She understands everything you say to her and a lot of what is said around her. We could help her speak better, but it's hard to[...]
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April 14, 2021
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5:42am: Happy Hump Day! Got a ride on the agenda, but that's about it. Pretty straightforward day.
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I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
-- Maya Angelou
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April 14, 2021
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Upper body and core. No biceps.
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April 14, 2021
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9 am - Taking Aspen to a pediatric ortho for a second opinion on her foot today, and another guy tomorrow. Just want to make sure we don't jump into anything without talking to more than one doc (or on the flip side, that we don't waste a bunch of time waiting for this thing to heal if surgery is going to be a necessity). The doc today only allows one parent in the room, so Nate took her and I'm hoping they can facetime me. We've been at odds a bit because only one of has been to each of her appointments. I went last month when the doc said 99.9% sure she wouldn't need surgery, and Nate went Monday when all of the sudden the docs wanted her to have surgery. Think it would be helpful for us both to hear what they have to say! I was super anti surgery at first, but coming around to the idea if it's necessary. Still crossing fingers that she can miraculously recover though. Sigh... 
2 pm - Pediatric ortho was much more positive about the foot situation today. She said looking at [...]
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April 14, 2021
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Not much to update today. I'm still waiting on my genetic testing kit to arrive (3 p.m.).
In gardening news, my lettuce table is THRIVING! I need to read up on when to harvest. Spinach is the only thing that is not growing very fast - kale is the next slowest but it IS growing. Romain, buttercrunch and arugula are booming. Baby peaches on the peach tree! My transplants are limping along but still alive (basil, poblano, bok choy). Carrots are slowly growing, and 2 of my cucumber seedlings are LIT! They are in the lettuce table and I have mini trellis's for them to climb now. So fun.
And my poor Aerogarden - I definitely have some sort of bug chomping on my baby leaves! It comes out at night whatever it is - it's cleaned off 2 tomato seedling leaves and ate all of my chives that were just poking out of the pod - and literally left bite marks on the jalapeño seedling leaves. I bought some sticky traps and have them ALL OVER the unit, plus sprinkled cinnamon and have apple cid[...]
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April 14, 2021
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CORE WORKOUT - 15 reps each:
45 second Plank
Glute Bridge
Butterfly Sit Up
Dead Bug (each side)
Half Kneeling Wood Chop 10#
V Sit Ups
Saw Plank
Leg Raise 10#
DB Side Bend 10#
Shoulder Tap Plank
Criss Cross Crunches (each side)

I feel like I have a knot in my right lower back. The DB Side Bends were sore on the right side vs. left.
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April 14, 2021
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Hard training session today, including a 5 min PR for the year and 2nd all-time. 
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April 14, 2021
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Todd was officially diagnosed with Pompe Disease yesterday, before the dr even got the genetic tests back.  He is a "textbook" case.  He came home pretty overwhelmed.  People from all over the country travel to this Pompe clinic and many looked really rough in the waiting room (wheelchairs, canes, walkers, can't stand up straight, breathing help, etc.)  Fortunately there is treatment, but the current biweekly enzyme infusion therapy only stabilizes you where you're at right now, but it doesn't help you get better.  There is a new enzyme with FDA approval expected to be this May that DOES help with improvement, so there is hope.  But wow, it's overwhelming.  He needs PT, a dietician (carbs are his enemy because his body cannot break glycogen into glucose, he literally doesn't have the enzyme due to a genetic mutation), he needs mental health care, and he needs a different kind of CPAP.  His diaphragm is only functioning at 80% (Glycogen bui[...]
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April 14, 2021
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So that covid case won't show up on the school tracking list - because they are not reporting during spring break. lol! My my my. 
But the good news is my parents got their shot #1 today. They got the Astra Zeneca one as they fall nicely into the eligible group. It does make me laugh because my parents are so young. At least for having a 40-year old daughter. I work with a lovely woman (resist the urge to call her a girl) who was until recently a co-op and brought on on contract so she's young. like early to mid twenties and her dad is older than my dad. Darren and i are definitely older parents - he's 45 and logan is turning 4 so our kids will be in a different boat.
But i am relieved overall. YAY!  
And, i got a call on my cell phone which looked like from one of Felicity's friend's moms (half of my contacts are these now) so i picked up and it was the kid. I passed off my phone to Felicity who it turns out does not know how to use a phone. LOL! She video calls[...]
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April 14, 2021
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Short Stretches

Chest x2
Shoulders x2
Tris

Balance Board Knee Lifts w/2s
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April 14, 2021
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Busy out here, hopefully tomorrow i can find the fitness room. 
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April 14, 2021
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Riding outside today!!! Or at least attempting to, you know, weather permitting.
It will be my first ride with the new bento box -- I got a Mag-Tank Bolt-On to replace the sad gel holder that came with the Aspero. This one will actually hold a phone
Speaking for gravel stuff, I am currently working with my mechanic on a second wheelset for the Aspero.  His recommendation is to keep the same brand hub and brake rotors for ease of transition (without shims, etc.).  Since the bike came with DT Swiss hubs, he is recommending the CR 1600. As will all things bike, availability is limited.  The plan is that I'll continue to use the Reserve wheels on gravel and have a set of wheels set up with road tires.  Both the LBS and mechanic (two different places) said that this is a very common purchase. 
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April 14, 2021
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I have no idea how logical this little pea brain idea of mine is, BUT..... I am considering getting an e-bike. It would allow me to still do bike tours and pedal on my own, but not worry that I can't make the distance. I got an email this morning from a woman's bike tour along the Niagra Falls and it sounded so appealing to me. These tours are a little pricey and I'm not sure I would like spending an extended amount of time with strangers, but it is certainly something Fred and I could put together on our own. My thinking is if my new bike is an e-bike, I would have the flexibility to ride on my own or have some assistance if I need it. I've never even tried one, so I have no idea if I would like it, but the primary questions I can think of off the top of my head is how heavy is the bike and how would I haul it.

I've got a couple of people to work through today, then I'm taking a break from the office. I don't want to work so hard today that I am exhausted tomorrow and won't enjoy t[...]
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April 13, 2021
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Nate got his first shot this morning! We were both scheduled to get the J&J vaccine this week, because that was what I could find appts for, but we woke up this morning to the headline that the FDA halted that one while they research clotting issues. He went to the pharmacy at his appointment time anyways, and they gave him Moderna instead. Glad they didn't send him away. My appointment isn't until Friday, so who knows what I'll get. 
Yesterday was blargh. Just felt like everything was "off" all day. We were bummed that Aspen's foot isn't improving, and looking at the prospect of 4 months recovery from surgery if it doesn't heal up in the next few weeks. My studio lighting was terrible and I couldn't see, so I was frustrated trying to work for the first time in weeks. Owen hurt his back a few days ago and came out of swim team walking like an old man last night. It was snowing. Nothing terrible, just off.
Forced myself to sweat it out on the trainer at bedtime, which mir[...]
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April 13, 2021
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Yearly eye exam after work. Need new contacts.
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