Brain Drain

November 13th, 2017 | Posted by Ryan Heisler in Injury | Life | Little Otter | Ryan - (0 Comments)
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The initial impact seems innocuous enough. Just another bump. Nothing you haven’t done a hundred times before. You’ll shake it off. Then the fog starts to set in. It comes in fast, like a gale off the water, to envelope the entire harbor that is your thought process. Everything gets harder. You can feel the …
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When I woke up on Monday morning (actually when I woke up for the second time — Ivy was up at 1:30 a.m. but I didn’t check my email during that particular late night frolic) I found the following note from my coach in my Training Peaks account: Did I read that correctly?  Fourteen weeks …
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I ran (twice).

February 27th, 2017 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Injury | Little Otter | Running - (0 Comments)

Last week I ran.  Twice.  It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t pretty but it was without pain.  About three weeks ago I learned that there were some not so awesome knee issues that showed up on my MRI.  Based on how symptomatic I was (walking hurt, I was having trouble carrying Ivy around and stairs were …
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ivy doctor

For me,  post-pregnancy running and training isn’t pretty.  Unfortunately it got a little uglier this week.  While in Tulsa two weeks ago I fell.  Nothing serious (or so I thought).  I turned my left ankle wearing high heeled boots and fell to the ground.  The next morning I got up and ran.  I actually had …
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Just over one year ago my Challenge Atlantic City ended in the hospital rather than at the finish line. Since that crash there’s been a bit of tumult in my life — both related and unrelated to the crash itself.  Despite a less than perfect year, I really wanted to go back and finish Challenge Atlantic …
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Despite my fat and my knee injury I was still able to finish Florida in November 2014

Over the past 9 months or so I’ve been on a bit of a health roller coaster — crashing my bike at Challenge Atlantic City and doing some pretty significant damage to my knee, finally being diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and then having knee surgery to repair some of the damage I did …
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Post-Op.  Shaun insisted on taking this picture.

As I posted a couple of weeks ago after four years of gaining weight without explanation, I was finally diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (“PCOS”).  Based on the diagnosis, my reproductive endocrinologist sent me for an entire battery of blood work to determine treatment options.  Two hours, five different draws and twenty-one vials of …
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I tend not to write about too much personal stuff, but I figured I needed to give a bit of an update about what’s going on in my little world.  While racing Challenge Atlantic City on June 29, 2014, I flipped my bike over a guardrail.  On the way over my right knee made contact …
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On June 29, 2014 I flipped my bike over a guard rail at Challenge Atlantic City, which resulted in a deep horizontal laceration above my right knee.  My first thought once I landed twenty feet down an embankment on the other side of the guard rail was “can I finish the race?”  After looking down …
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Jen Bike

    This is Jen (say hi to Jen).  Jen is my friend and is an athlete I have worked with for three years.  Jen is the mother of four, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a writer, a poet, a reader, a cook, a pretty kick ass triathlete (and lots more things I can’t …
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