|Spring. New beginnings. New priorities.|
My training has definitely continued, but a number of different “events” have cropped up that have made life slightly more interesting. The trip to the dermatologist was the result of a “rash” that has invaded my hands over the past few weeks. While friends enjoyed diagnosing it as athlete’s hand, I found relief when the dermatologist diagnosed me with hand eczema, the result of excessive hand washing and hand sanitizer use. Apparently, my change in lifestyle by working as a student of physical therapy (washing my hands before and after seeing each patient) has taken an uncomfortable toll on my hands.
Today, I felt remarkably blessed by the opportunity to ride outside in sunshine on a day forecasted to be shrouded in clouds with a nearly 100% chance of rain. Aren’t days like that great? My ride today more than made up for a missed day last Saturday, when a developing sinus infection forced me to drag myself to urgent care the day before Easter—a sunny, warm, perfect day for riding—to start my 7-day round of antibiotics. While Levaquin took care of the sinuses, it did a number on my stomach.
|My saving grace: Running on 80-90% of my|
body weight feels great!
Perhaps the most important aspect of this rotation I have discovered, is just how incredibly blessed I am by the timeliness and situational circumstances of it all. I’m still fighting left knee pain, but thanks to the direct access I have to the AlterG treadmill, I have found a way to run with less pain, for more time, and complete harder interval-type training than I would have been able to if I still had to fight against 9.8m/s2 of gravity. Instead, the AlterG has afforded me the ability to run on a body that only weighs 108 pounds. My knee couldn’t be happier about the weight loss! Patients working through their own injuries enjoy it as well. A few people experiencing some nagging injuries before their Boston Marathon appearance have used it to continue to get in training, but with less impact on the body. For $15/30 minutes, you can do the same.
In the end, while the last couple months have caused a lot of stress, I have learned just how much I can take on—and get through. St. George 70.3 lies just 4 weeks away. It won’t be my fastest, my strongest, or my best performance. I try to remind myself each day that I am doing all that I can to be the best and smartest competitor I can be on race day. When I read this quote by Mary Blake, “We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is determined by what we do with it,” I am pleased by the way the events that have had the potential to wear me down have actually made me stronger. With the 4 weeks of time I have left, I will strive to remain calm, train smart, and stay within myself.