Wednesday, May 09, 2007

How much do you need to do today??? Must you fill every moment to feel useful or productive??? And how much of your life is directed by time? Answer these questions honestly.

I've been super tired lately. I am going to see my Doctor next Tuesday.
I told her I would like to get tested for Lyme disease, hey you never know.
Most of the time people don't even know they have it and go for months before they find out.
I'm also having my yearly physical just to make sure I'm in perfect health for the PCT.
It could be that I'm a little stressed or that I'm trying to do to much right now.
But since I found that tick on Rocky I thought I better make sure I'm ok.
During the Mt. Diablo 50m I picked 4 ticks off of me.
I love this look. I think Rocky is in the ZONE...LOL


Anonymous said...

Diva, Odds are you are just pushing yourself too hard. Way too hard.

Of the two people I know who contracted lyme disease both had clear tick attachments and afterwards a kind of bullseye rash or ring. One of them was about the size of a quarter and the other one grew to about 4" in diameter.

Both had flu-like symptoms. Achy joints, muscles, etc. When I fastpack or just plain camp outside in tick weather (non-freezing temps) I take the extra precaution of wearing permethrin treated clothes and using DEET.

I am sure you are fine but you should check to keep yourself sane.

GB said...

Hey Catra I hope you feel better and that it's not Lyme disease. That would surely be a bummer!

Great pics of Rocky. He's such a cute dogger!

Jo Lynn said...

Dear Catra,
You are doing a lot these days, i.e. Crossfit, running, hiking, working (just to name a few). Most individuals are happy if they get one of these things accomplished in a day. And then you are preparing for this HUGE event. You're going to be away for a long time and you're gonna miss your little boy. With all of this whirling around in your pretty head, I'm sure it's quite stressful. Take a deep breath, hang in there. I'm sure your checkups with doctors will be good.
Many hugs,
~Jo Lynn

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Anonymous said...

Hey Catra,
I wouldn't worry about just 1 tick. 3 or 4 at once may be differnent.

I saw that you were going to start in on some sauna therapy.

I found the best and simplest thing that worked the most for heat training was to slowly add more layers on top of you when you sleep.
It works great and takes no time out of your day.

You will find that after 2 weeks if you go back to what you normaly use, you will freeze your tush off.

Anonymous said...

Is Rocky part dachound? I could imaine that lil cutie with a bun and some mustard. Good luck with all. I'm sending you super good vibes. -Deb

Squirrel said...

I would agree that you push too hard but I can also see that you DEFINATELY are in the zone:), Rocky on the other hand....lets just say that photo with its one liner just made me blow coffee:) Thank you for this mornings laugh.


Catra said...

Hey Anon-
I know it might not be that. But I do know of several people who have had lyme disease and didn't ever remember getting bit by a tick.
Yeah, since I am going to the doctor anyway she thinks we should check for it.

Catra said...

Hi Jo Lynn-
I'm sure I'm fine too. Better to be safe then sorry.
Have a great day.

Catra said...

ike yeah he's got that zomie look ;)

Catra said...

Hey Aaron-
Thanks for the info. I've been driving around with my heater that works well. I have used it in the past. I wore a bunch of clothes to bed last night. That helped too.

Catra said...

Hey Deb-
Yep Rocky is part doxie & part Jack Russell terrier.
I always say I'm going to dress him up as a hot dog in a bun for Halloween. ;)
Thanks for the vibes in advance.

Catra said...

Hey Squirrel-
I'm glad I could make you laugh Rocky is a pretty funny dog ;)

Anonymous said...

We wish you well. Now take a day off yourself and just have some fun!

As much as I tried to train for CDT in retrospect I pushed it too hard in the beginning 1/3rd and ran out of steam in the latter parts! PCT is a lot longer than will gain fitness and rhythm as you go along. To make things more interesting you have to establish a rhythm with your French doll. Who does what task, balance the responsibilities, take care of each other, etc. Take earplugs if he snores and give him some if you snore!!! ;)

Catra said...

Hey Anon-
I will listen to my body and take it easy through the hot sections.
I have done over 500 miles last Summer and loved every min. of it.

I always travel with ear plugs thanks for the reminder.
My friend Julien and I are doing it together but he will be carrying all his own supplies and I will carry all my own.
Once we get going we will see who is stronger each day and just keep in mind that we wait at major juntions for each other. Also the same goes for the passes wait for the other person to catch up.
How fun you did the CDT and the PCT. What about the AT???
I hope by the time I finish I will be in the best shape ever.

Anonymous said...

hahahah. you've been there before. both sad and glad that it is over.

the strange sensation of walking around without a pack, not living out of your pack and its meager contents. that was the strangest thing to re-adjust to. I came back home and said wow I have more stuff than I will ever use or need. Gave a lot of possessions away!

Anonymous said...

I know that for the purposes of your record try bungeeing is not allowed, but I spent many a day dragging a buddy along behind me on a 6' bungee cord. Occasionally, when I had a bad day they'd bungee me! Boing, boing.

It evened out the team pace. More suitable for wanting to move as a team like adventure racing.

Anonymous said...

maybe your doc should check your thyroid levels, too...