JG - So happy for you to be pain free! Is this a long term solution? Or will the epidural wear off and you'll be back to where you were? It must be a relief after so long to have a diagnosis, and a treatment, not to mention no pain!
Nic/Geo - I'm also finding this discussion really fascinating. Mainly from the other side of things as I help to prepare my kids for tests (mostly my oldest who has an incredibly difficult time testing.) Testing simply isn't a good measure for her knowledge, for the most part. She freezes, has anxiety around it, and it is very difficult for her to think clearly when in a testing situation. In the scope of a project, discussion or other work, she does very well. So, we have been focusing for the last few years on testing strategies, studying strategies, etc. It is starting to pay off now. She has been doing very well this year in her tests. She's still a disaster on standardized tests, but on tests where she can study specific material, she has made huge strides.
RR: Tough tri class tonight. Started with speedwork in the pool. Warm up, then 2 sets of 4-50s. My lane was on the 1:05. So, if we did our lap in under 1:05, we had a small recovery, if we didn't make it, we sat out for the next lap. It was super tough. I made it through the first set of 4, but only got 3 of the last set. I swallowed some pool water about halfway through the lap and choked a bit on it. I struggled to finish the lap, and made it with about 3 seconds to spare, but was not able to go for the next one! Then, we dressed for the bike. She took us through a tough hill ride, followed by 3 minute endurance sets. It was hard, but good. On deck: 7 miles tomorrow!