Monday, April 12, 2010

Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Malaria - Oh My!

Forget the lions and tigers (note: uncapitalized means I am not talking about my Detroit sports teams). The most dangerous creature in Africa is the mosquito! Bacteria in the water are not so nice either.
Here's what it takes to **hopefully** stay healthy in Africa:
  • Yellow Fever Shot (See pic below)
  • HepA/HepB Shots (never finished these in college, so got to start all over again)
  • Vivotif Oral Immunization for Typhoid
  • Cipro (for a not so happy stomach)
  • Z-pak (just in case, for flu, cold, sinus infection, etc)
  • Doxycycline (prophylaxis against malaria)
  • Diamox (don't have yet, but will probably get for climbing Kilimanjaro. It accelerated acclimitization...just hoping the sulfa allergy won't be bothered by it!)

I'm going to feel like a walking clinic heading into Tanzania, but I think taking these precautions is well worth it.

Countdown: 33 Days!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fundraising Update - 4/7/2010

Thank you again to everyone who has donated. So far I have raised $1770 of my $3378 fundraising goal. I have just over one week left (April 15th) to raise the last $1600. Why not use tax day as an opportunity to start building those 2010 deductions? Any additional help would be greatly appreciated. :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4 Weeks Until Wildflower...

...and I guess it is time to really start training. This past weekend consisted of a 43 mile ride on the Great Western Loop, and an 11.5 mile run through my neighborhood. While these weren't the crazy distances I trained during Ironman, they were enough to instill confidence in myself that I WILL SURVIVE Wildflower!

The Great Western Loop is in East County and contains 4400-4800 ft of climbing. Fun Stuff!!

What makes it even better is that Jack the Ass lives at the only store along the 43 mile route!

After wearing heels on Saturday night, Sunday's run was a bit of a pain. I somehow squeezed it in before Easter Sunday mass. Yea for me! 2 more big weeks before taper!