Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday Randomness

  • Wow, this has been a busy week, I can't believe it is Thursday already!  I am off for a ride and swim today, and a big ride of the Timberman course tomorrow followed by one loop of the run course.  Should be good - leg, don't fail me now!
  • I need a new bike tire, stat.  I patched the one that I cut at the LADU, but I want to get something on there I am not worried about.  Given the fact that the closest bike shop is 80 miles away, this probably won't happen until after I ride the 56 miles of the Timberman course tomorrow.
  • I really wanted to buy a Cannondale Slice earlier this week - it was $1500.  BUT I made a rule that I must pay off my truck before I can buy a new bike, but man, it was a nice bike.
  • I miss ice cream.  I have lost 5 lbs.  I still miss ice cream.
  • Is it just me or does the butt head level of drivers passing you while you are biking increase exponentially with the approach of August?  See Matty O's blog for a great story along those lines.
  • Patrick from The Road has teamed up with his buddy Big Daddy Riley to start a performance athletic apparel company, the Endurance Athlete Project.  
You should really check out their web page, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.  They have some awesome ideas for gear for athletes of all fitness levels.  Good luck Patrick and Riley!

There is something about Bailey....
Something non-triathlon related, but it is a big thing happening for me right now.  One of the reasons I have been quiet this week in the blog world.

My boy Bailey has been sick this week.
He couldn't eat or drink - he wanted to, but just couldn't seem to swallow.  As soon as I noticed it, I called the vet and made an appointment at their earliest time, which was yesterday (24 hours after my call).  The stress of this was compounded by the fact that he woke up yesterday and couldn't put any weight on his right back leg.  He was my little hop-along cassidy until he got too tired for the 3 legged hop.

Once at the vets, he looked miserable, and he couldn't get himself out of the car, and couldn't hold himself up once I got him out.  This was heartbreaking for me, I think I had a flash of what a bad day in the future might be like or something, because it hit me square in the chest...

Since he couldn't walk, I had to carry him up the stairs into the vets office, tears streaming down my face. I kept wiping my face on his back, trying to smile, think positive.  I just had never seen him that weak before.

The vet techs were all very surprised to see a 5'1" girl carrying a 89 pound dog through the door.  They also mentioned next time I could get one of them first and they would be happy to help me. 

Anyway, long story short, we still do not know what is wrong, except to say that a shot of steroids yesterday has allowed him to walk like his old self.  The options as to what the problem might be are not really good ones, but some are better than others.  We are awaiting some further tests to figure it out since it isn't something obvious. He even ate some scrambled eggs and drank some water today.

So I am hopeful.

I am driving to Gilford, NH tomorrow and back the same day, leaving Bailey in the capable hands of either my boyfriend John or my dad, both of whom can take him to work with them. 

Lunch time ride, here I come!


adena said...

I'm sorry that Bailey isn't feeling well. I hope they can figure out what's wrong.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I sure hope Bailey is going to be ok. I'll say a prayer for him and for you. Have a great ride! Hey, if I were in Maine, I'd lend you the money to buy that Slice RIGHT NOW!!

Matty O said...

Alright long comment :)
First, I understand cyclists a lot more now than I did as a mere runner 3 months ago. People are idiots behind the wheel and don't want to be inconvenienced 3 seconds of their commute to slow down and pass safely. Numerous times have I almost been clipped by surburbanite mom's mirrors. I can rant forever on this... don't bike in the suburbs!

Now on the dog aspect... we have two adorable angels... well, they TRY to be angels. Frankie and Sophie. They are brother and sister Boxer/American bulldog mix. I get very sad when I think of them not being a part of our lives anymore almost broke down in tears the one day and then said alright, appreciate them while you can!

Our female, Sophie, has a bad hip, took her running a few times (slow jog) and she couldn't walk for two days. Seeing them helpless and in pain is probably the hardest thing in the world.

From one dog lover to another, I hope Bailey is fine and just had a bug. Poor guy is probably upset he didn't get his donut from the guy on the mega tree processing machine today!

Krista said...

I hope Bailey is feeling better quickly! How stressful!

PS For some reason I thought you were tall, like 5'8... I don't know why I thought that but I'm shocked to see you are actually 5'1 :)

beacro said...

I am cheering for Bailey to get better soon. I have a yellow lab and my world comes to a halt when he is not well. Keep your mind clear, the legs moving, may the force be with you.

Matty O said...

Oh yeah, thanks for the shout out :) Got wrapped up in pets!

The Green Girl said...

Aw, poor Bailey. Sending positive energy.

Congratulations on the weight loss - whoo hoo!

Lucas R. Tucker said...

I hope Bailey gets better soon. I know to me it's hardest because they are so helpless but so loving.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hope Bailey gets better soon

Jon said...

Fingers crossed for Bailey!!! I HOPE he gets better SOON!

Have fun on the Timberman course.

I highly recommend Conti GP4000 tires.

Christi said...

I am so sorrya about Bailey. I hope it is not serious and then he gets better soon! I hope all goes well on your rides and run!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Hope Baily is feeling better...

Ron said...

send Bailey my best....GET BETTER!

Regina said...

I am a dog person. I LOVE dogs. We still haven't gotten another since we lost our gorgeous Luke 8 years ago....I know what it is like to see your dog suffer. My eyes welled up reading this (it doesn't help I have a long distance love relationship with your dog!!)

When I first saw Baily's pic on the post, I smiled and got really happy and thought, I must tell her to put a pic of Baily on every post!!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Baily!!

I hope you'll be able to enjoy your ride/run in NH.

Rad Runner said...

I hope all gets well for Baily!
P.S. Double Rainbow Sorbet (Trader JOES) Basically guilt free...

AM! said...

I just had to tell you, the Mia Hamm quote you left for me on my blog this morning made my day. It's the best.
thank u!!

Unknown said...

I just told my pugs to send some of their positive puppy vibes Bailey's way and they both tilted their heads to the side -- that means they have done it (-:

Alexa said...

aw I hope your dog feels better soon!

DRog said...

Congrats on the weight loss! Ive been on an ice cream tear over the last 5 days and it must end...thanks for the inspiration for that.

Bummer for Bailey, poor thing. I hope he turns the corner and gets better.

Wasthinking of you today as I am now startng to mental prep for my next Tri race...I still officially dont know and have not changed a tube yet. have no idea how the co2 canisters work- must and will get on that this wknd

have a great ride

Aimee said...

Awww...poor Bailey! I'm sorry he's not feeling too well right now. I hope they're able to figure out what's wrong with him so he can get better soon!

Good luck with your training weekend! :)

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain about Bailey. Not long ago we watched Baxter (142 lb Shepherd) suffer with "bloat" aka gastric tortion for several days. This was his 4th eposode and the by far the worst. We canceled our Allagash canoe trip and spent the time with him. In the end we had to put him down. Very sad. I hope things aren't nearly as dire with Bailey. I know how much he means to you.

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Black Knight said...

All the best to Mr. Bailey (not yet Sir). I hope he will get well soon. I have pets at home (3 cats and 2 fishes) so I can understand very well your feeling.

Maria said...

I'm sorry this is so late, but I hope Bailey is doing well, I was really bummed to hear that he's not feeling well. He is such a CUTE dog!

I was sure to check out the new project website, I'm looking forward to what they come up with!

Also, 5 lbs or no 5 lbs...what the hell are you doing to yourself?? Depriving yourself of ice cream? What will power you have! (I'll be sure to eat more than my share for you from now will be tough, but I will endure!)

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