Double race weekend… with bronchitis

This weekend was miserable. I am one week post GMAT and MBA application submission, and four weeks pre-Rapperswil IM70.3. Brilliantly I signed up for two races thinking that it would motivate me to train. Well. It didn’t, but I guess you can race your way to fitness?

Sadly the weather did not corporate and it rained the whole weekend. I had a sore throat for a few days already, and morale was low.

First race: stretch one of a relay race. Only 3.8 km with 65hm it was an easy stretch, but one I ran the previous year post ankle injury and I felt the weight of my previous time. I beat it by 3 minutes, over less than 4 km that is not too shabby, but it felt horrible.

Race two: a sprint triathlon in Germany with a terror inducing 25% grade on the bike climb. I was coughing my head off, and convinced I wouldn’t go. I did end up going, but was convinced I wouldn’t even start. Then I found myself in a wetsuit with a dubious stranger asking me ‘are you sure you want to do that’ as I honked away at the side of the pool. Convinced it was worth it to swim, I was already wet, I didn’t think I would get far on the bike… well.. you know where this is going.

It was a pathetic time, and a second last finish (what that chick had going on who knows), but I didn’t cough myself off my bike, and I didn’t give up. Two days in bed later, maybe I should have. IMG_7024

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hobble hobble hobble


three and a half weeks and counting. 

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there is a nice eastern european lady cleaning my apartment

While i hide in my bedroom and cringe at how truly she must be discovering I do not know how to clean like an adult. And pretend my house is usually sooo much cleaner, and not full of boxes.

Still a grownup, still a grownup, still a grownup…

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Negotiating is tough.

New jobs are exciting. New people, new routines, new places. New skills, new challenges, new adventures.

Negotiating contracts on the other hand is not exciting.

It makes my skin itch and my stomach sweat.

I asked for more money, and they did give me some. That was nice. Now I want them to define the non-compete clause, because it is really quite vague and I worry that it would be overly restrictive without any further clarification.

Itchy, itchy, itcchhyyy

This is my second contract negotiation, and in the first, well, I just signed it.

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Ants in my pants and crazy in my brain

So, I lost two weeks pay over a weird paperwork snaffu with my last company because I sprained my ankle.

And, well, my ankle still looks like someone used it for a pinata.

And, the new job offered me less money than in the interview, but, its still a good offer.

So, the overall trend is up. But I am just a ball of crazy.

Crying for no reason, not sleeping, grumpy and irritable. I have got to get out of my head.

So I gave myself a face mask this morning, did all my awkward shitty emailing and got it out of the way, and got some nice ones back from sound friends. I think I am going to go self tanning (no judgement) for the relaxation and pampering, and then run some errands. Maybe get some highlights.

I gotttaaa do something and I can’t run or climb…

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Got a new job, don’t have to have ankle surgery….

This week is looking up!

I will be moving into medical communications, away from any kind of technical in the lab type responsibilities, and I will be working much closer to Zurich. Good news! Salary is a bit less than I was hoping for, but well, its a post graduate start!


My ankle also turned out to be not as bad as I thought it would be. There is only one really badly torn ligament, and three less badly torn ligaments. My doctors thinks the recovery will be smooth, and I will be back to posting more interesting updates than the badluck which keeps kicking my butt!


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High Ankle Sprain with possible surgical future…

So it turns out I not only injured my ankle pretty seriously, but also pretty uniquely. I twisted it stepping off a curb while running which I didn’t see, and ended up sobbing in the middle of the road. It was a traumatic running evening. It seemed like it hurt more than it should, and I had some suspicious pain at the outside of my knee as well. I got an Xray, and a cast, and was sent off from the ER.

So Tuesday I went to my Sports Med doctor. She had seen me before, and even for this ankle. It had been unstable, and was causing a nerve to be pinched in the outside of my knee, but didn’t want to do an operation because the nerve was too inflamed. She remembered me, appreciated the records I brought her, and got right too it. No closed cast, no complete immobilisation, and physio starting this week. I had physio yesterday, and MRI today, and a second consultation with her tomorrow. She believes I not only damaged the lateral ligaments which typically get damaged in a twisted ankle, but that I tore the ligaments connecting the tibia to the fibula. Google tells me this is a high ankle sprain, and it is not good. It is also probably why it is not that swollen.

I find out tomorrow my prognosis :-(. Looks like the only adventures I will be going on is to physio and back for the next few weeks.

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Sprained/torn ligaments ankle…

missed a curb… fucking hell… doctors put me in a cast for six weeks which sounds like an insane way to recover from a sprained ankle.


Anyone, anyone?

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A visceral, physical joy

This is going to seem cheesy, or, well, overblown, but I was really missing my Adventure Journal.  I switched to a new mac and somehow didn’t manage to bring all my bookmarks along with me, also switching from Firefox to Chrome. For awhile, I revelled in the adventure of re-discovering the links I liked, figuring that if I loved it that much, I wouldn’t lose it.

Well, I have been searching for this one since August. Often weekly, generally consistently, struggling to remember the name. I thought it was Mountain Journal: totally different thing. I put in keywords, I traced link through link hoping to catch it. I jumped randomly and racked my brain.

Each of these sessions ended with a tiny internal pain. The streamlined web design. Their weekly cabins.. The humour and humorous polls. Sigh. Inner pain. Sigh.

I found it today. I found it I FOUND it.

An inner, visceral, buried under my rib cage ball of pleasure. I am so happy. I can feel that happiness flowing through me warmly, the anticipation of FOUR MONTHS of essays, commentary, videos and photography. And I just discovered they are putting out a print quarterly, with articles and photos not found online. I am sold. Subscription booked, international shipping fee paid, bookmark made.

Its like coming home.

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Things, goals, ideas all have an expiration date.

Some are just sooner than others.


‘To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those things that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful‘.

Emphasis added. ‘The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up‘; Marie Kondo

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