Well, I had a great Monday after a lucky weekend… my order from 110% Play Harder arrived and I can’t wait to tell y’all about the knee sleeves… preview – AMAZING new LOVE OF MY LIFE! So I’m on the repair at this point! I won a new running tee from the folks at YMX by Yellowman and I won a tube of Hoo Ha Ride Glide from the folks at 360 Cycling who have some pretty great podcasts if your interested… I know I’ve learned a little… so needless to say, I’m feeling pretty lucky as of late! And I’m the gal who never wins anything! lol. 🙂

Today, I started Physical Therapy…. it went well. I thought my knee did pretty well with our pool work. A couple hours after when I removed my new compression sleeve, it got a little achy but that’s part of the process and should be expected. Nothing good is pain free, right?!  Tomorrow I get to run for 40 minutes in the pool – whoohoo! Of course I’m supposed to walk a bit in there to measure my pain level. So I guess I’m going to have to listen to my body and not my mind – funny how we train ourselves to push the limits and then when you’re told to back off, trying to remember that seems sooooo hard! I told my therapist today that it didn’t matter that I couldn’t run on the hard ground yet but I wanted to be able to sport my “I’m on Vacation” bottoms for the underwear run when we’re in Kona! lol. At least she laughed at me instead of giving me J-Rays (judgment rays)!

So what you’ve been waiting for and I’ve been pushing the past couple weeks – my xtenex lace giveaway. I think it is so important to be able to give when you can, no matter what that may be. Y’all have figured out this summer has had its ups and downs but at the end of the day, I choose to take a negative and make it a positive. You have too! I was given these because of a super minor oopsy but I love that I can send them onto someone else! It gave me an opportunity to chat with the X-laces folks and not only did I learn about them but I learned about the great people working the product! That doesn’t happen everyday!! So without further ado… Austin, Scott Austin, you are the winner (as drawn by Luis)! 

The name holding mug!

Luis holding the name he drew!

Please e-mail me at donna.adams264 at with your address and what color you want (pink, green, silver, or black). I will get these sent out to you ASAP! I hope you love them as much as I do!!

With September and football season around the corner, I will be doing another giveaway… and I promise you October and Breast Cancer Awareness month will be full of surprises!   

Sick Saturday, no really…

As I lay here in bed, sick as a dog, I start thinking about the last couple months of my life. My little Felt B14 fell off the rack which led to my spending money… Some of this I believe is because I’m lonely & it’s a good (really, not so much) outlet for me! And by little, I mean the B14 is in the shop, getting fixed up – her new to us aero bars came yesterday but the HEDs are so much sleeker than the Profile Designs that came on my new to me (no more than 10 miles ridden, or so I’m told) Fuji D6 2.0 so I’m contemplating a switch-a-roo. I’ve managed to find a new Rotor Crank set with Q Rings to replace the current set up on the 2.0. And of course, I bought new straps for my old bike rack & bought a nee rack that has all the bells & whistles!

So as I said, one small accident has led to some money being spent – however, I’m looking to sell the B14s race wheels as they’re 650s & I’ll be on 700s. The rack with its new straps will be sold. And eventually, I will sell my beloved B14 after I transition over to the 2.0. Ahhhhhhh! That’s a lot going on. My house looks like a UPS shipping center with all the boxes! Lol.

This week, I found out I have Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome. We only figured out what was wrong because a little over 2 weeks ago, I stepped off the golf cart wrong! It sounds like it would have really shown its ugly self at some point so I’m taking it as a blessing that we can treat it now before really getting into training for the Goofy & Ironman Texas. The other thing is, the right side is showing signs too… Ugh. But because of early detection, we can treat both – I have physical therapy 3 times a week & we’re hitting the water starting Monday.

I’ve started taking Osteo Bi-Flex for my joints & to help restore cartilage – my PT is concerned because of the amount of popping in my knee joint. And before I went, I had ordered some compression gear from 110% Play Harder – in that order, I had something picked out for my knee – there was instant relief last night when I put them on & I loved the little ice pouches… this will be key in my recovery program with PT. Other good news is I can still pool run (which I just started) & swim.

I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t been able to train or race a lot because of my unfortunate circumstances! But with every down, there is an up. Sometimes it just takes a while to get there.

We moved in a couple thousand first year students Wednesday – the baby Bulldogs are officially getting acclimated to Mississippi State life! Little sleep & long hours make the stress well worth it to see excited students on campus! (in case you didn’t know, I’m an Area Coordinator that oversees 6 housing facilities on State’s campus, 5 graduate students who oversee the residence halls report to me & they are phenomenal rock stars!!)

What I’m thinking today is there have been so many stressors in my life (including starting a long distance relationship after almost 2 years, not seeing my family in Ohio, etc.) that I think my body finally said screw you! lol.

I seriously keep to a routine & that has been completely broken the past couple months – I know it’ll all work out but damn, can we quit throwing stressors my way?! lol. Injuries, bikes, life… It’s time to find my balance again. It’s been hard because I’m a work hard, play harder girl & the play harder hasn’t been happening & kind of de-railing my mojo!! lol.

When life gets in the way, what do you do to balance? (hopefully it’s not getting flu-like sick, like me…to get you back in check) let me know – I’d love to hear from you!!

Also, don’t forget on Monday, I’ll be making someone’s day by sending them a pair of xtenex laces… check it out & get signed up!!