The continuing saga of an Ironman athlete collecting white lines and mileage signs.
Of course, the reason I talk this much is because I'm scared to death.
Quoting Chris Legh..."I’ve always said that there are two certainties in an Ironman race – vomiting over your right shoulder and peeing in your left shoe." Enjoy! In all seriousness, you are truly an inspiration and I have all the faith in the world that you will finish by 12:00am with plenty of time to spare. I am fascinated with your writings and check this dang site daily hoping for a new post. I suggest you write a book. Keep em coming...
Thanks Todd - I was just moping to Amy that "nobody reads my blog". So if it's a private conversation between me and you, so be it. I laughed too when I read that Chris Legh thing. My mom asked me once if I was going to be one of those people who, you know, soils himself. Umm, no. Peeing in my left shoe, however, I am SO down with.What you call fascinating I call long winded, but you can count on further pontification, I promise...How's your training going????
Hey Chris, Todd isn't the only one who reads - I've been checking in on it too. It's pretty motivating to read everything. I just want to start jogging once in a while, or go to the gym at least. I'll have to get on that. Good luck with your training, and I have complete faith that you will finish.
A new, abeit obscure, latin mantra for you:Impavidus deambulabo."I will not walk in fear"
Hey dont leave me out of this. I check into this site everyday and love seeing new things to read. i wish I could run and do all this stuff, I would love it, but alas my back wont allow me to perform these activities so therefore I will be living through you!!!!
Patric, do you have a back injury or just a "bad back?"
Diddy, you should get in touch with Amy about some of her chronic pain doctors. I think it's getting to be like that for you man.
Mike I have degenerative disc disease, which bascally means my discs are slowly wearing away, luck for me its only one disc right now, my lowest one, L5-S1 for those of you who know the locations of discs. I had back surgery last summer and will probably need another one in the next 5-10 years, hopefully not sooner. Chris, it would be nice to sit down and talk with Amy sometime about the chronic pain stuff.
Patric, just curious, I hope you don't mind, but how limiting is a degenerating disc? Was your surgery an improvement? Is excercise or any type of physical therapy helpful or just aggravating? Can you do lower impact things such as swimming? (You could always be part of a relay team.)
So my degerative disc disease is pretty limiting in my case. I can do physical activities but I will be paying for it for the next few days by my back hurting really bad and not being able to stand for long periods of time or anything else. The surery that I got was more for a buldging disc than for degenerative discs, so the surgery only helped minimally, it only fixed one small part of the problem. I had physical therapy after the sugery but that didnt help much and as far as things like working out I can do, but I have to be careful in what I do and how hard I push it. I havent tried swimming yet to see how that feels. Feel free to ask me anything you want about the disease, I am more than willing to share.
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