Saturday, October 17, 2009

THR Race Report

Race Report- 10/12/2009 Weather: Temp 55, skies clear, no precip

Arrived to venue at 6:15 for scheduled start-time of 7:15. Checking in was a breeze...just show up and a personal escort to individual rack. Placed personal items in special needs bag and changed into racing gear. Definitely not form fitting or aero or water resistant.

Watched pre-event video..boring...switched to "Today Show" which was also available. This passed the time better...was informed that there would be an additional delay in the official start...not sure of this was due to the water conditions or crowd management or exactly what. I did know I was fully prepared for the race ready to begin ASAP.

At 10 AM I was told I would be wheeled to phase #1 area...this was great...I didn't even have to pedal myself. I was then provided with final details of the event and given fluid supplements. I met with my personal trainer one last time before the races "final cut." Support team members were all in their appropriate places.

T1 went by quickly...exited the H2O area and moved quickly to race event 2...anesthesia. Was given a dose which made me very giddy, then one that quickly numbed me from the waist down.

Left for T2 where I was placed into proper position...and went under the knife.

When I awoke, I was in the pre-arranged family meeting area. I was also told that my race # was 903. I guess I had done very well as my wife was surprised to see me so alert and giving the thumbs up.

All in all, the best recovery I have ever nice 11 inch incision and staples, but very little pain. Post race supplements prolong the giddy feeling, which will continue for several days. I was allowed to come home the very next day, not forced to remain in the recovery tent.

I do not remember much about the other event details, but remained awake throughout the entire event.

Training for next race will not begin any time soon, but given the experienced and improvements gained, I will become fitter and faster.

Race pics will be posted as soon as available. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

No Tear in Hip

After an MRI, it has been concluded that there is NOT, despite suspicions, a tear anywhere in the right hip region. There is evidence of DJD, an age I am not sure what the course of action will be. I visit the orthopedic specialist in late July.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hip Problem

Looks like I will be out of commission for a while...torn hip labrum is the probable cause of the intense pain. I will get an MRI to confirm Dr's suspicion, then visit an orthopedic to determine the course of corrective action...this stinks, but I am glad to finally know the cause of the problem.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Still here...hip problems

Hip problems have greatly hindered training and racing. Eagleman was a fiasco as the hip prevented me from running (do you have any idea it takes to walk 11 miles???) Biking and swimming are going well, however.