Saturday, March 07, 2015

One thing I don't talk about here is my competitive cycling. I have been racing cross country for 5 years or so now and I'm making the transition from XC short course to XC marathon racing. This seems to be a great thing for women to do as they get a bit older and the slow twitch fibers seem to be taking over the fast twitch like a slow marching army. My inspiration is Rebecca Rusch. She is an athlete to be worshiped in my opinion and was a late comer to the mountain biking world. That, however, did not stop her from excelling, winning the Leadville trail 100 several times, the 24h mtb world championships, and setting the solo record for the Kokopelli Trail.

After last year's mtb season I burned out. I stopped riding for a couple of months and did other things - running, hiking, curling, etc. This year I'm trying to qualify for the Leadville Trail 100 at the Wilmington 100. This is 100 km of mountain biking to qualify for 100 miles of mountain biking at 10,200 ft of altitude with climbing as high as 3000 feet. I'm scared about my ability to cope with elevation after my recent experience in Canmore when I did not cope with the altitude well. This has re-aligned my thinking on how long I need to be there prior the race to acclimate!

I'm getting my mojo back slowly. I started training again and now I'm slowly gaining momentum. I hope I get enough momentum by June to significantly improve on my Wilmington 100 time. I need to shave off about 30 minutes over 100km. I have 3 months to do it! Let's hope I can pull it together with my call schedules, office politics and dog responsibilities!

Friday, November 14, 2014

I don't know how people lead a normal life with children. I can't even get my shit together with a dog! Not exercising, not sleeping well (puppy tribulations), rushing around, paying for babysitting (puppy walker). does this end?

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Addition

One day I went to the humane society just to have a look...

and then I sent my husband a message with this picture... can I keep her?

and then she came home! 

and then she grew... and grew... and grew... 




she went on adventures to Lake Placid! 

and loves the river. 

Meet Nessa! Our baby substitute!

Monday, March 31, 2014

wishing my life away

Most days I hope at least once during that day for:
1) the weekend to come faster
2) my patients not to show up
3) to be abducted by aliens away from my workplace

The other day my colleague and I were standing at the back door getting ready to leave on a Thursday and she commented that the next day was Friday and it's almost the weekend. I felt wistful and commented that I wish we didn't wish our lives away waiting for the next weekend to come around. I'm tired of wishing my life away. Does that mean I should change practices, careers, locations? I don't know. Maybe I just need to change my attitude.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Best Thing 2

And sometimes your day is great because you assisted in the OR all day and had absolutely no responsibility for the outcome. 1 retractor, 2 rectractor, 3 rectractor 4... I might quit my day job and just hang around the OR.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Best Thing

Sometimes the best thing that happens in your day is that your scary psychotic patient doesn't show up.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bad Mouthing

Why is it that different medical specialties AND doctors within the same medical specialty love to badmouth each other? He is a bad doctor because he didn't do this, she's a bad doctor because she didn't do that, surgery hates medicine, medicine hates surgery, everyone hates family medicine, psychiatrists are crazy. I have been guilty of this myself. But, you know what? We all do our best. We all have 24 hours in a day and spend at least 10 of them working, usually more. We worry about our patients when we go to bed at night, we try to do our best by them because we are responsible for them. Orthopedic surgeons ask you for help because they are busy worrying about the broken hip in the ER that they have to get to the OR and feel unsure about that insulin order, family medicine asks for your help with the Guillaine Barre syndrome because they feel uncomfortable sitting on them until a hospital with a neurologist deems the patient bad enough to take them, the internist, they didn't know the patient's fracture needed reducing when the ER doc had casted it. We all work together, we all need each other, let's pull together and stop bad mouthing each other.