Maybe I’ll run away after work today and never go home. This is the downside of having a workout plan – you know what’s lurking in wait for you. Today it’s erging 5 sets of 5 minutes at AT – Anaerobic Transport pace, which means pretty hard – with 5 minutes or rowing easy between sets. Or maybe I’ll run away tomorrow, when I have to do 3 sets of 4 minutes at TR (Oxygen Transportation pace, even harder). Twelve minutes of exertion doesn’t sound like much, but I think those are the ones that have been landing me with the migraines. Ted says he thinks those TR pieces are even harder than AN, the hardest pace of all at flat-out maximum effort, because the AN pieces are typically very short. They’re generally only 60-90 seconds. TR is hard enough to be unpleasant, and unlike AN it’s not over before it can hurt too much.

I have a theory, largely based on Dr. Facebook, with supporting research from Dr. Google, that the visual migraines I’ve been and possibly also the vertigo episodes I’ve had before are caused by crimped neck muscles from bad posture, especially during these intense erg workouts. (Trigger point theory says that tension in the sternocleidomastoid can cause both of those. I haven’t yet figured out how reputable trigger point theory is among actual medical people, but my doctor didn’t denigrate the idea when I mentioned it to her on Monday. )

Anyway, as a result, yesterday, I went in for a massage and facial yesterday: the massage in hopes that it would help unkink my neck muscles (and because any excuse for a massage is a good excuse), the facial because they had a pretty good deal for first-timers at a spa that’s actually on my way home. (Hand and Stone, a chain. I hadn’t been there before, though I’ve visited their competitor Massage Envy.) This raises another question: am I the only person who walks out of a massage and facial feeling rather like Lady Montdore from Love in a Cold Climate? She’s the one who is transformed from a massive Victorian dowager to a superannuated flapper by massages and facials and dieting. Fortunately, I never was the grande dame type so perhaps I’m safe.

In addition to the migraines, my doctor and I agreed that it was time for me to go on thyroid meds, since my TSH levels were up (meaning thyroid function is down) since last year, when they were already out of normal range. I can’t tell if I have any symptoms from this or not, because they’re all things that can have perfectly normal causes. I mean, I’m tired because I work out all the time and I’m aging, I’ve put on weight because I have a very sedentary job and I’m aging, my hair is thinner than it once was because I’m aging, my memory is for shit because I’m perimenopausal (aka aging). My wrists hurt me sometimes because I’ve abused them over years (of age). On the plus side, my IBS is much less troubling than it once was, either because I work out a lot or due to age. I get cold more easily than some because I’m small and don’t have much thermal mass – or maybe I thermoregulate poorly because I’m aging – but either way, I love wearing sweaters and don’t mind layering so I can take things off when needed. Or maybe middle age doesn’t cause those symptoms at all and we only think it does because thyroid function tends to go down. In theory, I could have thicker hair, less sensitivity to cold, less trouble losing weight when I want to, fewer episodes of painful wrists, thicker hair, more energy, sharper wits and so on in six months. My guess is that either nothing noticeable will happen or it will “cure” the problems I don’t have, and I’ll have killer IBS and an inability to wear sweaters.