Sunday, May 17, 2009
I'll be doing my first duathlon next weekend. I am very nervous about this event. I can see myself getting lost on the bike course. Yes, I did do something like this once before. I missed a turn and went up the biggest hill that I have ever seen in my life, only to learn once I was at the TOP that I should have turned before the hill. (That just meant that I got in a little extra exercise and got to eat an extra bite of ice cream that evening.)
Earlier this year I applied to be one of the new Trek Women Who Ride. This is a group of 5 women who are given new bikes and gear, and then blog on Trek's site for two years about their biking adventures. They did not select me... maybe I'll try again in two years. Tim and I will have some great bike adventures this summer.
I really love to ride my bike. I find myself freeing my mind of worries and becoming very relaxed. Tim and I also have a tandem bike. I love riding with him! He doesn't know it, but I sit on the back with my legs sticking out and let him do all of the work.
I would like to see a lupus supported bike ride. Chris, this is right up your alley!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Competing in the Boston Marathon I saw: a double amputee, a single amputee, a blind man, Team Hoyt, numerous wheelchair participants, and a man pulling a cart with oxygen tanks attached! This is only what was visible. I am sure there were many other athletes who had triumphed and were fighting an endless list of physical challenges. Congratulations to every one of them! It brings tears to my eyes to think about how courageous they are.
I wrote in my last blog that I believe one of the gifts of my lupus is the ability to see kindness and strength in others. These athletes inspire me to keep moving. My mother told me to always be sure to make myself get out and do things when I thought that I could because there would likely be days that I just couldn't make myself get motivated to move. I wonder if my mother knew just how powerful her words were. I wonder if these athletes' mothers gave them the same advice?
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Dr Debbie's Plan:
I may be down, but I'm not out. I'm not going to let a little pain stop me. This is nothing compared to the years of pain I have already been through with my ole pal lupus.
I'm resting. Ice is my new best friend. I'm stretching and using the foam roller. I have three sessions left with my trainer, and she is focusing on recovery. The only anti inflammatory drug that I can take is prednisone. I really, really, really don't want to go there again.
I still plan on doing my first duathlon this month.
Disclaimer - Deb is not a doctor, she only thinks she is when she reads articles on the internet. She did actually consult a physician for a second opinion.