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"Are you limited by your Challenges" or "are you challenging your limits"

I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' 2017 my goal was the Lake Zurich 26km Marathon Swim.

Where do I go from here? #destinationunknown

Accept Your Past....

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerMay 11th 2014
Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear. That statement has to more true to me at present than anything I have used before as a mantra.

So where have the last few weeks gone to, I realise that my mind has not been in the right place - but real did not think it was that bad. Normally I have a positive out look on life, so why this has happened I really need to find out, even if it's just to stop a repeat. Quickly thinking I know that there was a knock on from the advice received from a certain Healthcare Professional, a simple comment but lasting effects. It has taken me a few weeks to source not only alternative advice but get me into a position where I may be able to do something meaningful.

What training I have done has not been easy, this Spinal Cord Injury is at present is have a significant Neuromuscular impact on my body, which is not only affecting my gait but also the strength in both my legs and arms (which is something new), from the time I wake up it feels like I have weights pressing down on me, standing is like constantly standing on a balance board, and walking up steps, at times is a major challenge. A worrying time was when my legs give way for no obvious reason, so a simple task of just walking up steps became a major achievement. Luckily at the moment I still can get around, but difference in the last year for me is great - I still wish to at least attempt the goals I have set for the year.

With what has been going on above, training has been next to nothing like what I should be doing with the goals I have set. In fact I did join the "Couch Potato Club" for a while, and I must admit it is one club that does not have any useful benefits, so I am more than happy to give up my membership, in fact so should everyone else.

I realise that I have lost so much training over the last few weeks, so firstly I must remember that there is no way to catch up, and that I must now make the most of the season ahead. Sitting down and looking at what I had planned to take part in this year, I have split the events down so that it looks like a family tree. If I am happy with how an event goes I can naturally go onto the next. I am not (with confidence) going to worry if I do not get to the start line, finishing each discipline will be a bonus as well. So it all going to start with a double header next weekend with 2 Sprint Triathlons in 12 hours, not a massive achievement by some standards but now for me it is the start of a big mountain I need to climb in the next few weeks.

Long term planning into 2015, there may be a need to get my mind around some new health issues so to help me make a transition into a different lifestyle, I have started looked at various alternative / adaptive bike setups, to that I have options. Firstly I stress for the future, but what a supportive area these various suppliers are (and yes that's their job) but it was full of positives on how to keep me moving if I need that type of bike in the future, as opposed to only doing sport that involves me sitting down and that did not include cycling.

A big motivator for me is watch how member of Celtic Tri have progress over the last year, the commitment that is put in by all levels is a credit to all, it is with great pride that I can be associated with people who help me with my own challenges - so as always thank you for your support.

This is only going to be a short blog as you can realise not much has happen since the last, but this week is the start of a massive time period in my life which will shaped what I do in 2015, so as I have said before please say hello to the back markers they may be there many reasons many of which are not obvious.

Next stop for me - as I said earlier is a weekend double header. First the Llanelli Paratriathlon, then theLlanelli Sprint Triathlon which is a Club Championship race, got to secure my position at the bottom of Division 5 :-). Which will then take me on to Eton Dorney and Nottingham with luck, this really is a time to Believe.
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