Training for a Triathalon

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   Posted 7/3/2011 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.
I posted this yesterday on the UC forum- it was suggested to me that I repost here...
Briefly... 33 yrs old,  history of UC... Colectomy 2008, Stoma reversal surgery April 2010. Perfect health, off meds etc.
I have been exercising (walking, swimming, cycling maybe 10k twice a week) and feel great. I am thinking of a triatholon in 2012.
Does anyone out there have anything like this training regime under their belt? My surgeon said there wasnt anything I couldnt do, exercise-wise, but I am a little tentative about jogging/running on hard roads due to my nifty internal stiching...
Can we former ostomates run? A lot?
Thanks in advance

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   Posted 7/3/2011 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I have an ileostomy and I run quite a bit. Probably log30 miles a week, plus the swimming and 150 miles of biking. OK so it sounds like I'm a little crazy when I read what I just wrote.

Had surgery 2 summers ago. Couldn't race summer of surgery but did one sprint tri lst summer and it went well. Worked on running the most because that was the one part I had to back off on the most, as I got sicker and less able to function with very bad crohn's.

So now Life is moving forward. Have run some 10km. races and one half marathon this spring and done 3 triathlons so far this summer. (2 sprint distance and 1 olympic

I am a fitness trainer as my job and have been doing as much learning as I can on this whole exercise with an ostomy thing. Isn't much concrete information. Lots of vage opinions though. I do know that if you run on grass it is less jarring to body. Deepwater running is excellent for cardio and leg movement but you have to run on land to build bone density and strengthen feet. Get really cushioned runners (trail running shoes are good that way).

Start easy and build slowly so body will adjust to what you are doing. I have tried wearing a back support belt but not sure how I feel about it. 25 miles is still long for me but does keep my back from getting really tired. Problem comes if one depends on it and doesn't strengthen core enough.

Seriously, a strong middle is really important with cut muscles that may not be the same as they were before.

I am now starting to train for half ironman this fall, Sept 17. Can do the swim, bike almost there, but yes, the running could be stronger.

I know if you are a loper running (my fancy name for someone who takes big steps and pushes off toes alot) you'll bounce along more. Try to takes smaller steps and smooth out movement. Don't know if that makes sense but helps insides not jiggle so much.

Watch that immune system doesn't get over taxed. Can be pushed, just not to hard too long. Don't want anything reaccuring. Drink tons of water too. I know I never drank enough before but am working on that hard now.

So hope this didn't bore you too death. Good luck on your goals!! If I can help some more let me know.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy

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   Posted 7/4/2011 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Searcher

If you're fully healed and recovered then there's nothing you can't do.. but exactly as Trigirl says you must build up really slowly. And totally agree that the key is a strong core (postural muscles around your middle, low back, abdominals and so on) otherwise you're more at risk of injury - perhaps ask a physical therapist or personal trainer for some advice. Listen to your body and if things hurt then back off and take it easy or get some professional advice. I've got a beginners triathlon article here that might help..

Good luck Sarah
Sarah - 38 year old mum of 2 boys, runner/triathlete, health and fitness writer from UK
June 2010 - Peritonitis caused by perforated diverticulitis. Emergency surgery.
August 2010 - Sigmoid colectomy and temp ileostomy
October 2010 - Ileostomy reversal - but didn't go well and struggling since.
Currently - DX colonic dysmotility due to surgery/nerve damage
Perm Ileo surgery planned 11th July

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 7/4/2011 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
For starters, one of my friends from high school had a temp ileo and then the following two years after her reversal has run the CCFA Team challenge without issue. She was actually on the cover of all the brochures and the website this year. Personally, I am not quite ready to start my running regime, but in a few weeks when i am, I'm going to start real basic and do the Couch to 5K program. (you can google it) Its a 10 week course to get you into running if you are not a runner, which I am totally not. You run 3 times a week with walking during the first i think 6 weeks of the program. I had several friends that did it and really liked the slow pace of it. I think if you just take it slow like the others mentioned you should be fine.
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
-Takedown 6/13/11
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