Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Educate, Educate, Educate

It has been nearly ten years since my wife and I changed our life.  We have been doing triathlon now for what seems like an eternity.  We have seen great changes not only in our physical presence but mental as well.  The journey has been an amazing one.  You never realize how much the body and mind can be pushed to tolerate.  Ten years ago I watched my wife tackle her first triathlon while I waited with anticipation to see her at various spots.  It wasn't but five minutes after seeing her cross the finish line that I said I can do that.

Well here I am now.  My life has been completely transformed from what it once was.  I am now a certified triathlon coach with a small but succesful group of athletes.  I have created a tri club, bike team, and became an Ironman.  All that aside I found I had and have so much more to learn. 

With every year I learn or tweak my training and mental approach to my chosen sport.  I have gotten faster, stronger, and more willing to endure what ever I put myself through.  This year will truly stand out more than most though.  About two months ago I did some testing with my wife.  I got some news that astonished me.  For as healthy a lifestyle my wife and I lead, we have become rather unhealthy.  I found that I have been in Stage 3 (of 4) adrenal failure.  When the body is pushed there needs to be response.  I found that by the afternoon of most days I was done.  I had cut out energy drinks (1yr clean), I have one cup of coffee a day, took my vitamins regularly but still I had no energy.

Thanks to this little test I finally had the hopeful solution to ending my constant state of fatigue.  I have started on a couple of other natural vitamins, and restructured my training (training at a very low Heart Rate 139).  My energy is slowly coming back and I am finding that I am stronger by the end of the day rather than peetering out at 1 in the afternoon.

This could not have happenned at a better time.  My first race of the season is just 2 weeks away.  I also have much bigger plans this season.  I found myself struggling this past weekend with the decision I have made for this year, but I know I will see them through.  So I will take a little bit to toot my horn, so bear with me.

I have been offered a spot into a pilot program called Worth the Hurt.  It is based out of the San Francisco Marathon, and it features 6 sponsored athletes who are willing to race an ultramarathon (52.4 miles) and raise money for a given charity.  It is not just the ultramarathon that I will be doing, but I also have an Ironman a month after on the docket for this year.    I have selected the charity and I know that I am confident that I can finish both events.  I will have more about the charity and the program in future blogs.  I am excited about this opportunity and the prospect for the future of my company.

In the meantime, I urge you to educate yourself.  Learn what you put your body through and what happens when you push too far.  It has been ten years since we changed our lives.  I continue to learn something new and learn more every day.  Take care of your body and stay focused on the things that mean the most.  To me it isn't how far or how fast I can go.  My family is truly the only thing that matters to me. 

1 comment:

  1. Curious to hear/learn more about the adrenal failure thing. How did they test? What is the prognosis treatment plan etc?

    dan g