Sunday, April 11, 2010

The case study.

I'm back from Baltimore where I took the USA Triathlon Level 1 Coaching Certification clinic. The clinic itself was good, but there were some "issues." Fortunately the issues didn't ruin the weekend (although they sure gave it a shot).

One of the earlier sessions was on nutrition and one of the subtopics was gastric distress. Unfortunately I learned too much about this topic first hand last weekend. I'm blaming the salad (see what healthy eating can do to you!) I had for dinner down at the inner harbor Friday night as my weekend turned into a gastro-intestinal case study. Before I was even back to the hotel after dinner my tummy was rumbling. I crawled under the covers and Friday night turned a nightmare. I was the sickest I've been in a very long time. I couldn't sleep since I was shaking from the chills but I was getting my workout in by doing many 10 foot sprints to the bathroom all night long.

Saturday morning gave me some relief but not nearly enough. If this was a normal work day it would have been a sick day (or at least a "work from home" day). I thought I'd give the seminar a shot and was glad that I did since the meat of the course was on Saturday. I lasted 3 sessions then had to miss the fourth go to my room to sleep. I woke up after a 3 hour nap, considered going to the ball game, reconsidered and went back to sleep for another 10 hours. Sunday I got up at 5:30 (normal time) and felt mostly better. I finished the seminar but I thought it wise to skip riding the Eagleman bike course since even driving home felt like it would be a challenge.

I made it home and feel now that I'm almost all better. I'm able to successfully eat food again (yeah miracles). I considered squeezing in a little workout tonight but then figured I should just go to bed to chase the rest of this out of me. Tomorrow is another day.

There was disappointment in the trip but the information that I got from the class I found interesting and valuable. Most valuable wasn't the course material per se but more of the passion of the lecturers and the stories that they told to illustrate their points. I'm still glad I went and I expect to look back at this weekend as a positive experience.

I need to be more careful on the salad front though.

PS: Good job Cary on the Tour of the Battenkill last weekend!


Kathleen said...

So sorry to hear you were sick! Being away from home makes it so much worse.
I had some of the same experiences after my half marathon yesterday.
I am glad to hear that you are feeling better.
Ps.. thanks for your e-mail about the tri bikes. I am still considering my options and might look at Orbeas' also. If so, look out for more questions :)

Tri Mommy said...

I'm so sorry about your stomach issues. Food poisoning is probably the worst thing ever. Hang in there!

Diane said...

Bummer Joe. Sorry to hear that you got sick and had a tough weekend.

Just wanted you to know - I always look forward to your posts. No matter the subject or topic, I always enjoy reading about your training, your life and times, etc...

Take care and I hope your strength and energy continue to return throughout the week.

Brookniceshoes said...

Keep up the good work Rockstar!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I think this post wins the prize as the most restrained gastric distress post I've ever read in the Running blogosphere. Brother, it was barely graphic at all! Nice job!

Hope you're all better by now.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear you got sick during your time in Baltimore. What a major bummer.

Glad to hear that you are starting to feel better now though!

Missy said...

Stick to cheeseburgers and beer! I have some great workouts after cheeseburgers and beers;)