It's been a incredibly busy 6 weeks. WOW! After the birth of Abby we struggled to get into a routine for about two weeks. As Rich and I get closer to 40 (yikes) we are set it in our ways so with the addition of Abby, we had to work at changing pretty much every routine we had before. So, yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks so to speak. We have adapted and now have a pretty efficient routine. Abby was fussy and was having some problems with choking up and mothers intuition told me it was reflux and a dairy sensitivity. It was at her 5 week doctor visit where this was confirmed to be the case. Abby has reflux which is actually quite common in babies and something that they do grow out of, but a baby with reflux makes for a really cranky baby and on top of that, you never let them out of your sight for a second because you are afraid that they could choke at any given moment. It's a very scary thing!! As you can imagine having a new baby and a baby with reflux has made for many many sleepless nights. Some nights I would average 2-3 hours per night and Rich would get maybe 4 or 5. Certainly not good for a professional athlete in the midst of training. There have been days where I've felt like a zombie but you just manage to get through.The good news is that Abby's doctor put her on medication for the reflux and it is making a difference. Since I am breastfeeding, I have been off dairy now for 6 weeks. That's right...I have to give up my ice cream, cheese, chocolate milk and any delicious Starbucks drinks with milk in them. Oh, how I wish I could have a peppermint mocha!! All for the good of my baby girl though. She is starting to do better and even on a couple of occasions, I have gotten to slept 4 straight hours through the night which actually feels amazing!! Things have settled down now and Abby is growing so fast. Already 6 weeks now and weighs in at a whopping 12 pounds. I had to pack away all the newborn clothes (half of them were never even worn) a week after she was born. She's already in 3-6 month clothes. She certainly is a healthy eater ;)
|Abby showing her British pride at 6 weeks ;)|
So, after another sleepless night...the night before the race (ouch) Rich crawled out of bed to head to transition. I stayed behind to try and sleep before heading to swim start.
I knew in my heart that Rich was eager to race and I knew he was trying to be positive about performing well, but I knew that the sleep deprivation would have a massive impact once he exerted himself. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. I made it to the swim and once Rich came out of the water, I knew he was feeling it. Once he was out on the bike, I went back to the hotel to rest more, set the clock and got in a small nap. Headed back out so as not to miss T2. Rich came in 3rd off the bike in front of Cunningham and Bozzone and thought he just might be feeling good. Not to be.
Rev3 for a favor. He is the nicest guy you will ever meet and even though he was incredibly busy, he took the time to arrange for me to use his RV so that I could feed and change Abby. Abby took her sweet time eating, so I missed Rich coming by for the second lap of the run. I'm so grateful that Charlie let me use the RV. Now would anyone running any other race take time to do that for a breastfeeding mom?!? I think not! Thanks Charlie!
|My view during the run|
|First of many! Abby finishing with her daddy|
Wrapping this up...I really want to give a shout out to Rev3. If you have not raced one of their events, then you really should. It's an experience that will bring you back for more. They care so much about the athletes and also the athletes families. It's such a special feeling. I fell in love with Rev3 a few years ago when I raced my first Rev in Knoxville. I left that race wanting more of the experience. I bought and wore everything Rev3 after that and was proud to do it. Now, I am part of that family and it's amazing. Thank you Rev3 for being what you are. Thank you to Charlie Patten for having a vision and creating what you have. IT IS SPECIAL. Thank you to Carole for being an awesome team manager. She is our mama bear and we love her. Thank you to all of my teammates for being great friends and inspiring me this year. Most of all, thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all. I love you guys. 2013 will be amazing and I can't wait. We can't wait.
Rich is putting up a Vlog later today, so check it out..Rich Allen Video Blog. In it he talks about his race in SC. He is going the vlog route as he just doesn't have time to sit down and write them out. Kind of a neat idea, I'll keep writing for now though. My next blog will hopefully be up later today and it's about my training now, how it's going and my plans for next year. Thanks for reading.