I went to a company-sponsored health screening at work on Monday. I don’t remember the last time I did a fasting blood glucose/cholesterol/etc workup and I haven’t the faintest idea of what my results were. But I figured, if I’m 3 weeks out from an Ironman, I should probably be in pretty good shape, no? At the same time, knowing how much food I’m hoovering these days, I thought, Who knows? I might have terrible results!
Total Cholesterol: 136 (<200 mg/dL = Ideal)
LDL Cholesterol (the “bad”): 45 (<100 mg/dL = Ideal)
HDL Cholesterol (the “good”): 74 (>60 mg/dL = Ideal)
Triglycerides: 84 (<150 mg/dL = Ideal)
Glucose (fasting): 85 (<100 mg/dL = Ideal)
Blood Pressure: 120/82 (slightly high)*
* I blame 7 hours of salt tabs on the bike/run the day before and my subsequent puffy state for this one. I’ve always had great blood pressure, I can’t imagine a year of Ironman training would make it higher. The “health consultant” assigned to interpret my results agreed.
It’s still warm and sunny paradise here. Good to know some things never change! And my favorite pool of all time, which I only get to use when I’m here, is as lovely, clean and empty as ever!
Peppy and over-enthusiastic. In other words, completely normal. At the moment they are out running laps in the yard in 90-degree heat. They’re wondering why we aren’t at a show or trial yet (I think they’ve forgotten we don’t *only* road trip for those things). 2 more days, boys.
Feelings of inadequacy? Check.
Thoughts that I didn’t swim enough yards or work hard enough in the pool? Check.
Concerns over my general fitness and readiness? Check.
All to be expected, I am told!