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Women, ladies, females: good.
Guys, girls, broads: bad.
I mean, anything can come out sounding sexist depening on context, obviously... but saying "how do you guys do it" doesn't really upset me.
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She swam 908,600 meters during that time and she is not a slow swimmer!
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As for the pregnancy issue, I am always impressed by the women who come back after pregnancy and are often even better athletes. Not only do they have to come back after taking a significant amount of time off, but they also have undergone a big change in their bodies and change in lifestyle. I don't have children yet, so I don't know from experience, but I know it is a real challenge.
How will this translate to post birth? I have no clue, but I'm hoping it will keep me from gaining 75 pounds between now and May, will hopefully translate to being fit for the birth (not that you can train for it, but better than nothing right), and hopefully will help with the recovery process too. Will I ever do an Ironman again? Who knows - that's the last thing on my mind right now, but with fitness being so important to my family already, I can't imagine it will be too hard to get back into something post birth - even if it's just hikes and walks... but I sure hope there is another Ironman out there for me!!
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Swimfan, I (along with many others) am happy to have you here. I could really care less what you call me (girl, chick, woman...)
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It was great for a while when swimfan was on 'hiatus' and then ST wasn't littered with his trolling threads, fat bashing, slow bashing, etc. But now he is back and in the Womens. After all his threads that seem to be created just to insult people and stir controversy and seek attention, I really can't take anything he says seriously at all.
It seems though that there are different 'rules' here in the women's forum. Too bad, it seemed like a good idea at first. What lost me was not being 'allowed' to discuss politics when this election had SO much to do with women's issues. If we wanted to discuss them, it was Ok to do so in the LR, where 'douche' is acceptable. Hmmm.
I can't comment on pregnancy so I'll leave that one alone.
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As far as I can tell, these two have superhuman time management skills.
Over 4.5 years bike crash free.
And "not to be snarky", but isn't interesting how "douchy" that comment came off? Wonder why the women get a bad name? Chicks like you being overly sensitive about being asked a question that came off as legit. And as a side note (snarkiness intended), if we bashed and banned everyone that said a stupid, bitchy or otherwise crappy comment on here - women's or otherwise - we wouldn't even have a damn forum. If you lost your faith when we decided not to bitch and moan and offend everyone about politics - I don't think you'd offend anyone if you stopped posting.
If we had a dime for every time someone didn't "want" to do something, but succeeded in just that...we'd never have to drool over anyone else's toys or bikes.
And for another record - it's grammatically accepted in most languages that, when referring to something in plural that could include mixed company, it's usually the masculine pronouns that are used and referenced. Since some of the mens (lurking or otherwise) have womens that are equally amazing, the term "you guys" was acceptable.
I am replying not to whine about my own bad luck, but to assure you that even after all that I was able to come back relatively quickly into sports. In both cases, I did a marathon , about 45 min slower than pre-baby, within a year of giving birth. After I stopped nursing I was able to get back down to my original marathon pace but in the meantime it was wonderful just to be out there and jog some.
When my youngest went to nursery school I celebrated by training for IM :-)
(and then I found out what a *really slow marathon feels like, haha)..Rocky I am sure you will get back into it no problem, even if IM training is too time consuming straight away. Best of luck and enjoy.
And staying active during pregnancy is actually a very healthy thing to do. Didn't Paula Radcliffe run like 12 mi a day during her pregnancy? Low volume for her maybe.
curious and searching Pubmed, found...
Scand J Med Sci Sports. 1997 Aug;7(4):226-8.Links
Pregnancy in endurance athletes.
Penttinen J, Erkkola R.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kuopio University Hospital, Finland.
The purpose of the present study was to examine pregnancy and delivery among Finnish endurance athletes at the national top level. A questionnaire concerning first pregnancy was sent to 30 Finnish endurance athletes who had been at national top level in cross-country skiing, running, speed-skating or orienteering. Data on labour were collected retrospectively through a questionnaire and from the diaries in the hospital concerned. The next primipara in the diaries formed a member of the control group. Twenty-three athletes (77%) had regular menstrual cycles, seven (23%) had irregularities, and four of them had received hormonal treatment for this. Seven athletes (23%) had experienced spontaneous abortion during the first trimester in previous pregnancy. Sixteen (53%) did not notice any change in their exercise performance, three (10%) subjectively felt themselves to be in a better physical condition, and seven (23%) felt themselves to be in a worse condition than before the pregnancy. Four did not respond on the question. After delivery, 18 athletes continued to compete, the median interval being 8.2 months (range 2-24 months). Two of them (11%) achieved a better condition than before the pregnancy, 11 (61%) reached the same level and five (28%) did not achieve the same performance level. There were no significant differences in labour parameters between the athletes and controls. Endurance training had no harmful side-effects on the pregnancies or deliveries of the athletes. The effect of pregnancy on exercise performance is individual.
This one states that staying active during pregnancy is a really good thing:
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1990 Dec;163(6 Pt 1):1799-805.Links
The course of labor after endurance exercise during pregnancy.
Clapp JF 3rd.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington.
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that continuation of a regular running or aerobics program, or both, during the latter half of pregnancy would have a negative effect on the course and outcome of labor. The onset, course, and outcome of labor were independently monitored in 131 well-conditioned recreational athletes who had an uneventful first half of pregnancy. Daily exercise performance was quantitated before conception and throughout pregnancy. Comparisons were made between the 87 women who continued to exercise regularly at or above 50% of their preconceptional level throughout pregnancy and the 44 who discontinued their regular exercise regimen before the end of the first trimester. The incidence of preterm labor was similar in the two groups (9%). Labor began significantly earlier in the exercise group (277 +/- 6 vs 282 +/- 6 days). The women who continued to exercise had a lower incidence of abdominal (6% vs 30%) and vaginal (6% vs 20%) operative delivery, and active labor was shorter (264 +/- 149 vs 382 +/- 275 min) in those who were delivered vaginally. Finally, clinical evidence of acute fetal stress (meconium, fetal heart pattern, and Apgar score) was less frequent in the exercise group (50% vs 26%), although birth weight was reduced (3369 +/- 318 vs 3776 +/- 401 gm). These data negate the initial hypothesis and indicate that, in well-conditioned women who regularly perform aerobics or run, continuation of these exercise regimens has a beneficial effect on the course and outcome of labor.
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