I have returned from my longest vacation break ever, 18 days off work. Most of that was spent out of the country in New Zealand. I’m so glad I was able to take a break.
I ran and DNF’d my swan song race, the TUM 62K. Being under trained and overweight and not being in any sort of a running mindset did not help me power through the race. The knee hurting and leg cramps after about 15K didn’t help either. Perhaps I will write a race report sometime. This break helped me come back as “not a runner”. It was more of a clean break.
I was very happy to be away from the vitriol and negativity spewing from the interwebs. We did not use our phones in NZ (we did have internet access in the evenings) and I really did not miss picking up my phone and looking at it too many times in one day!
Clean Break as new Me= Kimba 2.0
While I was running the TUM several times my thoughts went to “I used to be able to bomb downhills” ” I used to be able to do that”. That was one of the things I had to put out of my head. I’m no longer that person, no longer that runner. I might WISH to be, but it is not going to happen. It’s time for me to EMBRACE the new Me. As Popeye says “I am what I am”.
The Guidebook for biking the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trail was waiting for me when I returned home. I immediately picked it up and got intrigued with starting to plan out this new adventure.
New Free Time
I’m no longer experiencing “guilt” for not being out there running. I have oodles of time back. I’m looking forward to more mini adventures-exploring areas around Ohio, hiking, trail time, volunteering, work on my gardens and my home. I have a small barn that I intend to turn into a writing retreat.
There are adventures out there outside of my comfort zone! I know, I would like to try almost anything. But there are some activities I won’t consider-well maybe I did consider but thought better of it.
Everest fascinates me. I’ve read many books written about ascents and accidents. I even watched the movie (I don’t think it was very factual.) Everest is too cold, too high, and too expensive. I’ve been at 14,000 feet, I can’t imagine hanging out at Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet and then climbing up to the top of the world.
I do have a bit of claustrophobia. I was actually fine when I went in the underground gold mine in Silverton, but it was brightly lit and the environment was controlled. But squeezing through small spaces in the dark?
Photo courtesy of David A. Riggs
Where you could get stuck? Oh, no thank you.
Who ever thought it would be a good idea to get in the water with great white sharks? Did nobody see Jaws? Or that You tube clip from when the shark proved greater than the cage?
I would rather go cave spelunking.
This is perhaps more of a challenge than an adventure, but I’m sure it feels like an adventure to the men and women of muscle building/fitness competitions when they are up on stage competing.
I do not have the mental fortitude to faithfully stick to a regimented diet and work out schedule for months on end to get to their final goal. My hat is off to them!
What adventure is clearly outside your comfort zone? Hit me up, I might get ideas for further adventures!
Blood clots don’t discriminate. They can affect the young, the old, the obese, the athlete, and the couch potato equally.
Athletes-whether hockey players, football players, triathletes, tennis players cyclists, or runners need to be aware that they are a high risk candidate for a blood clot.
Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure results in blood flowing more slowly though the body
Dehydration-a factor in your blood viscosity. More dehydration leads to thicker blood.
Trauma? Falls, bruises? Did you fall during your run that you forgot about after you crossed the finish line? That cut on your leg has coagulated. A clot is forming on that spot in the cell wall. This is your body functioning normally. This is usually not a problem. It becomes a problem when the clot breaks off. It can travel to other locations in your body, like the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be a life threatening emergency.
Risk Factor of Travel
After the race is over, we get into our car or onto an airplane and travel for hours. We spend hours in a cramped position.
The thickened blood is pooling. The body is dehydrated. The body is forced into the worst position to get the blood pumping throughout the body. These factors can lead to the start of a clot-a thrombosis. The danger occurs when/if the clot breaks off and travels through the body. If it lodges in the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism. Clots can also travel to your brain or heart.