Monday night was also a gravel road ride from the impending bike shop. Most of us ended up underdressed, so we were actually colder by the finish of that ride than we were last night. One of the difficulties of dressing for the weather in the Spring and Fall is that the temperature swing from the beginning of a ride to the finish can be pretty drastic. It's easy to be over or under-dressed, depending upon whether one is riding in the early AM or just prior to dusk.
|Me, MC, Heather, Kaat|
|Scott's first B race...my hubby in hot pursuit!|
I had a lot of fun shooting our team members during the B race. I think I'll be bringing my big ol' DSLR to all of the races in the future. Contemplating a new lens, too. My 50mm is too short and doesn't yield the sort of depth-of-field results that I like, even shooting at f/1.8. My 100mm does a nice job, but I have to stand WAY back...and then people invariably end up standing in front of me, not realizing the chick with the camera a mile from the action is actually shooting. My short Tokina zoom is nice for portraiture, but too slow-focusing for sports. A fast Canon zoom would cost as much as a new bike. So I'm eyeballing a fast 85mm Canon prime lens. Christmas is coming!
Still no word on the ovarian cancer blood test I had last week, so I'm assuming no-news-is-good-news. Were my results positive for a cancer marker I'm certain they would have called me, already. I have an appt. in a couple of weeks with an OB/gyn surgeon. I really hope they recommend simply taking that ovary and its big cyst buddy out as soon as cyclocross season is over. I'd probably even be fine with leaving the uterus in place if there was no evidence of anything too amiss, at this point. Removing the ovary would be a no-big-deal recovery. Even laparoscopic or vaginal removal of my uterus would likely have me down for a month, minimum. And right now we're planning on an epic New Year's Eve bash at Casa Bikestra™ with our 3rd Coast Racing teammates.
And a lot will probably rest on how well the Prometrium (bio-identical progesterone) works to eliminate/minimize a lot of miserable peri-menopause and endometriosis symptoms. I'm hoping this stuff is like a miracle drug. So far I'm 3 doses in and have 0 side-effects.
Speaking of miracle drugs, I visited the allergist yesterday. They want to do further deep-skin testing to screen for mold, trees, and grass. I have a feeling I would trigger at least 2 of the 3. My mom has mold allergies. And Spring is generally Hell on my sinuses.
The allergist is also starting me on Symbicort, since even crazy high doses of inhaled steroid (Qvar 80mg, 2 puffs 2x/day) aren't putting my lung function where it should be and I have "obstructed" lungs. Symbicort is steroid + long-acting bronchodilator. The steroid brings down airway swelling and the bronchodilator further opens airways (like a rescue inhaler, but for more than a couple of hours). The funny part of this is when they ask me how my breathing feels to me I always find it to be pretty decent, but the spirometer tests tell a different story. My lung function has been so awful for so long that I don't even have any concept of what it would be like to have acceptable air intake. I have to wonder what I'd be capable of with normal lungs...
I also wonder what I'd be capable of with a leaner bod. I'm working on that. I'm down 5#s in about the past month or so and about 4#s over my lowest recent weight -- back when I was newly out of my long-arm cast. I'm currently about 16#s from where I'd like to be (130#s). I think I'm going to start doing photos at 5# intervals -- in the same sports bra/shorts -- to see just how transformative those pounds lost are. I'm at that point where every few pounds can be pretty apparent on a relatively small frame. Even with the 5-6#s I've lost in the last couple of months I'm seeing my midsection flatten and my face looks slimmer (bat-wings are still stubborn as hell). Keeping motivation in the face of tasty eats is crucial!!