Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Taking steps

For those of you who have been following my blog for some time now, you will all remember the mishap and drama at Yeppoon 70.3, 2011. Quite frankly probably the most devastating and upsetting thing to have happened to me in quite some time. Well I have since moved on from that upset and taken measures to ensure the swim will be the least of my worries and the part of this years Yeppoon 70.3 that I will be most proud of when I head back this coming August.

Not being one to let things get the better of me for too long, I started doing Ocean Swimming with Spot Anderson and Sarah and BondiFit to help overcome a few issues, and I must admit I think I am well and truly over them. I no longer look at the ocean in fear and doubt, I now look at it with a new found fondness for the things it can help me achieve. I am getting better at reading the ocean and where the rips are and how to use them even though in one of my earlier classes I inadvertently misguided everyone back home through a rip. I still know that there are plenty of things to be gained by continuing to attend these amazing classes. So I will be back after I recover from a little thing called a repair of an Epigastric Hernia Repair.

Talk about a right royal pain in the derriere - well wrong body part but you get the gist. Something I needed to have done but was trying to find the right time to squeeze it in. And now that the ride to Melbourne with the Cycling Cerebellums is over it was high time to get it repaired as it was bothering me when I ran. So I now have a cut just above my belly button with 7 internal stitches to hold mesh and repair the hernia plus another one he found and 3 external stitches. I found all of this out this afternoon after receiving a letter in the mail from the hospital. But Doc was really happy with how it all went and how I recovered immediately post surgery.

So now I have to recover and take things very easy for a while so it can all knit together. But let me tell you I am quite bored. I have my new Cannondale Slice sitting staring at me and I so badly want to ride it but can't for now. I am able to start walking in a few days very gently and then have a check up in 2 weeks and fingers crossed all will be okay to start riding my bike gently. Looks like I will be back out at the Regatta for some easy laps to wean myself back into it all. Because there's a little thing called Yeppoon 70.3 I have to start training for and I wont have an awful lot of time to get it all done in.

And then tomorrow - after watching Port Macquarie IM 2012 I have decided to sign up for IM 2013. Registration opens at 11 and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be at the computer trying to get in. Am I nervous - yep, excited - yep, ready - you bet ya. I can't wait. Fingers crossed all.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage