Following the Sylvan Lake 1/2 Triathlon on July 26th was one more week of full training. It was important that I do at least one longer ride of 5 plus hours.
On Monday, Aug. 4th I rode a total of 5.5 hrs. and a distance of 135 km. The first 5 hrs. I rode 125 km but 15 min. of the ride I spent fixing a flat. If I take this time as my benchmark for the Ironman I should be able to complete the 180km in 6 hrs.
It has been a difficult 2 weeks since the Sylvan Lake 1/2 in that I have been having trouble with my IT band, knees, and neck. I have also been getting headaches for the past week and a half.
It is said that you "can't live with them and you can't live without them". No, I am not talking about my wife. In this case, I am talking about the anti-rejection drugs that I take. The side effects of one (e.g. headaches along with joint and muscle pain) has been particularly difficult to deal with. For the past couple of days the pain I have been experiencing has tappered off so I am feeling somewhat more optimistic. Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 11 - 12) I will be having my 22nd annual checkup at which point I will discuss with the transplant coordinator and cardiologist if there are any other options or ways of mitigating the side-effects of this drug that so dramatically inhibbit my training and performance.
In the mean time I have been doing some research and reading on how to mitigate the issues I have had with my neck and knees. I have also been going on a regular basis to the Brentwood Chiropractic clinic in Sherwood Park where Jannelle and Dr. Linford have been treating me with deep tissue massage, adjustments, and graston on the knees.
The next couple of weeks prior to the event is called the tappering down period which is the much needed time for my body to recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
I am still anxious about the event itself knowing that it will require great determination and will, even though my coach (Ken Riess) has assured me that I am well prepared and has every confidence that I will be able to complete the full Ironman. My biggest concern will be the knees during the run.
On the transplant awareness promotion side, the printing of the tri-gear and t-shirts has been completed. I really like the way they turned out. There are a couple other things that need to be done.
- Transplant ribbon stickers that I can stick to my wet suit, riding shorts, and helmet.
- Awareness items that can be passed out to the spectators.
- Opportunity to share my story and promote organ donor awareness at one of the Ironman events.