Updates and a Concussion

It’s been a looong time since I’ve posted and I’m really, truly sorry about that! It just occurred to me that it’s already June and I hadn’t posted since… January.

What’s gotten me so busy? Is it work? Is it training? Did I get abducted and go off on a crazy, Taken-like adventure?

Mostly the first two, not so much the third.

Work

I work at a start-up beverage company and things have changed a LOT in the last 6 months, so I’ve had to start reevaluating what I’m doing and I’m still currently trying to find the right action to take. There’s been a lot of background conflicts that don’t personally involve me, but it’s definitely changed the way the company functions so it’s put me in a position where I need to stand back and consider my overall career path.

I can’t really give more details, but it’s a bit of a struggle!

Training – Running

I still run and rock climb! At least, I’m still into running and rock climbing…

I had signed up for the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon that took place on May 29th. I haven’t been really training as hard as I did for the Nike 15K last year since I knew I already have a pretty solid running base to finish a half marathon. It wouldn’t be a great finish time, but I would rather finish safely than go fast and injure myself.

Since I already convinced myself of that, I wasn’t really that motivated to really push! But, I did manage to run 19km a couple weekends before the race. Yay!

But, I got a mild concussion 2 weeks before the race, so I decided not to run the race to prevent further injury.

Training – Rock Climbing

I hadn’t signed up for any competitions (I’m so not ready to compete by any defintion), but I was climbing about once a week either top-roping with friends or bouldering on my own.

I can’t really remember which grading level I left off at, but I think I had completed a couple of 5.10b routes for top-rope and I believe I had finished a few V2s in bouldering.

Luckily, my physiotherapist just gave me the green light to resume rock climbing again, but she advised that I shouldn’t go beyond 5.8 to make sure my shoulder and neck won’t be damaged.

Concussion? Physiotherapist? What happened?!

I got into a car accident on May 15th! Here’s what happened to my poor car:

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RIP Lola the Corolla

Basically, I was rear-ended by a car which was smashed into by another car being driven by a VERY drunk driver. Since my car was fairly old, the poor thing was a total write-off by the insurance companies.

It was actually caught on a dash-camera by a lovely couple who stayed behind to help out, which you can see here. (WARNING: May be disturbing for some viewers.)

A few local news outlets reported the incident and a bunch of my friends were quick to show me the video.

As mentioned in the news, the drunk driver had left the scene on foot but what they didn’t mention was that he had tried to discard valuable documents and attempted to start his car shortly after the collision.

Insane? VERY. The accident happened at around 5:50pm on a Sunday and the guy blew over 80! Who does that?!

Anyway, I could go on and on about what happened that day, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Mom was in the passenger seat and she saw the paramedics about head and neck aches, so she got examined, but I was feeling pain-free and so I opted not to be examined. I was completely aware that I’d most likely feel some symptoms in the next few days, but I could recount many details to the officers, so I didn’t think too much about it.

I stayed home the day afterwards to monitor my mom and, at exactly 11:41am, my vision blurred and my focus and concentrate disappeared instantly.

I went to the doctor’s and they sent me away without a CT scan, but they told me that I probably suffered a very mild concussion.

The next few days were incredibly surreal and frustrating for me because I was told to rest without looking at a screen or reading, which means no tv, no video games, no books, no comic books and definitely no running or climbing.

I almost went insane! I’m so used to always being in motion and recovering from a concussion really made me take a step back and chill. (As best as I could while complaining to all of my friends, at least.)

Luckily, it’s been exactly a month since the accident and I’m doing much better. In fact, I’ve already resumed a very cautious comeback into running and I’m aiming to climb again on Sunday.

This month also seems to be a month of massive change, so hopefully I’ll be posting again soon with good news!

Yours always,

B.elle

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Weekly Fitness Update – #8

It was the perfect week to rest! I could tell that I was getting a bit too burnt out since all the tendons and muscles around my knees were feeling really tense and not in the best shape. I realized mid-week that I didn’t rest much when I got sick a while ago, so that was probably a huge contributing factor!

Not to mention, the whole area was super windy and rainy last week, so it was probably the best time for me to take some rest.

Luckily, I’m feeling much better now and I’m totally ready to move around again!

Here’s my results from last week:

None! Didn’t run at all!

Rock Climbing – Nov 15

I was more than ready to get moving by Sunday but I had a pretty heavy brunch with some friends, so I wasn’t feeling as mobile as usual.

Top Rope – I was focusing more on the 5.9s this time around and, while I was comfortable tackling this grade more often, I quickly realized that I need more strength and endurance to get better!

I actually didn’t realize how quickly I got comfortable with 5.9s until I tried a 5.8 and felt how easy it was to scale.

Bouldering – I totally destroyed myself trying some ungraded top-rope routes, so I could barely do two V0s… Oops?

There were quite a few routes that weren’t graded yet, so I pretty much went all-out trying to figure out a couple of the routes that I was more or less sure what grade they were. More than likely, I tried a couple routes that were too hard for me because I got tired pretty damn quickly.

A good chunk of the bouldering walls was naked too, so I think the gym was doing a pretty big overhaul of its older routes. I’m pretty excited to see what sort of challenges will be there next week!

I’ve been itching to get back into my runners, so here’s what I’m aiming for this week:

Nov 16 – 5km @ 6’05” avg pace, 30:30
Nov 17 – 7km @ 6’05” avg pace, 42:35
Nov 19 – 10km @ 6’20” avg pace, 1:03:20

Nov 22 – Rock Climbing

This time, it might all depend on my belay buddy… I’m thinking that I’d like to do some more bouldering, so we’ll see.

Top Rope – I’m going to do my best to only tackle 5.9 routes! (Except for warm up or cool down climbing.)

Bouldering – I’m going to aim for 30% V0s and 70% V1s this time. I have no idea if I’ll be able to complete any of them, but I’ll try!

What did I do on my rest week? I started knitting a scarf for the Secret Santa on reddit and basically lounged around. It’s quite therapeutic!

xoxo,

B.elle

Weekly Fitness Update – #1

Is it weird to do a weekly fitness update on Tuesdays? Oh well.

Last week, I actually managed to run 4 times but 3 of the runs were pretty low mileage…

Sept 21 – 4km @ 6’05” avg pace, 24:26
Sept 24 – 5km @ 6’03” avg pace, 30:21
Sept 25 – 3km @ 6’05” avg pace, 18:20
Sept 26 – 10km @ 6’54” avg pace, 1:09:05

The 10km run was soooo much slower because I felt some pain on my left hip/lower ab muscles during the first couple kilometers. I was forced to walk and put some pressure on them to stretch them out, but the rest of the run went pretty well!

I went climbing on Sunday, but I didn’t have a belay buddy and I was too shy to ask someone so I couldn’t do top-rope without the auto-belaying systems.

Top-rope – I started with a couple 5.6’s and worked my way to 5.8’s but only managed to conquer one 5.8 available on the auto-belays. I was about 3/4 of the way for the rest of them, though! There were a lot of people and kids at the auto-belay bays for classes and parties, so I went to the bouldering sections.

Bouldering – I managed to do some V1 challenges on the flat wall, but I couldn’t even do a single V0 on the overhang walls! I found a couple of nice holds to do some pull ups to try and strengthen the necessary shoulder muscles, but I also made a mental note to do some more climb-ups and muscle-ups at parkour next time as well.

This week, I’m planning on following this plan:

Sept 29 – 5km @ 6’10” avg pace, 30:50 (it’s raining today, okay?!)
Sept 30 – 7km @ 6’10” avg pace, 42:50
Oct 1 – 10km @ 6’30” avg pace, 1:05:00

Oct 2 – Parkour Women’s Class + some climb-up exercises

Wish me luck!

xoxo,

B.elle