"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

Will I See some places again?

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerMay 29th 2015
In the past writing this blog on my training has help me with the often unseen side of not only reaching my goals, but also the mental attitude side, it really is for me a lonely sport, even on event days. Looking back at some of the reasons why I am in the place I find myself at present and therefore not spending time putting pen to paper (or in this case pressing the keys) is missing the positive attitude, so in an attempt to get back to somewhere I feel happy about here we are again.

I really do need to start off on a negative as the more the muscle strength goes from my legs, and also now my arms I continually get the feeling that some places I have spent in the passed, that I may not get to see them again, let alone the places I wished I could have visited. At present I always have a hope that I will see the top of Snowdon or even Penyfan again. This is in addition to some of the races I still have on my wish list, yes I really do wish to go back to Kalmar.

So with my positive mind which over the years has been a big player in reaching these goals “what does my future hold?” As I have discussed in past blogs, one of my largest barriers is my physical condition (disability, oh how I hate that word) is not visible to most people. When I get asked how I am feeling, and my response is something like “there's not much power in my legs” often i get strange looks, what is not seen probably due to my stubbornness is not being able to walk up a simple set of stairs or that slight incline in the footpath, so actual getting to the top of one the mountains now is going to be a challenge that will be hard to describe, on a typical day the amount of energy used in just walking takes me to the point of exhaustion. But I will not give in, beating those who sit on the couch is easy, challenging perceptions of how far my limits are, well that a different thing.

This is where it starts to get strange the last few months I have completed a 5k and a 10k swim, however I am averaging about 10 minutes a mile slower, the 100 mile Cardiff to Tenby Bike Ride (Carten100) and two sprint distance triathlons. One of which was the British Paratriathlon Championships. Which I was allowed to race in with a temporary classification (PT4). With no disrespect to the others in the race, I have a feeling that my classification if official would be different. However race completed, beside being the oldest in the event by 10 years it was a good experience. Only sorry to say there were no age group categories in the event so no age group win for me :-) and too many finishing in front of me to be considered for Rio.

However over the last months it has become noticeable to me that the running / shuffling I am doing is becoming increasing difficult, with me having to take walking breaks every 5 minutes, this is not good when my mind wants to do some endurance events and even have another Ironman race. Searching for a reason at present, is it just a fitness thing or is it connected to my Neuromuscular Condition. Without some close support or even ironically a coach it is hard for me to find out why, and even as I write this I am planning going out and see how I feel and if I will be attempting the Outlaw Half triathlon in a few days.

My goals for the year, are getting marked off slowly, and will use these to see where I am in a few months before deciding my future. I do know for certain that the future will see me continuing with my coach education and putting something back into the sport that has given me so much over the last few years.

So this is going to be a short blog, as I said I am off to do a fitnes assessment on myself to see what the next few months will have in store for me, so thank you for reading and I will be back in a few weeks, one way or another.
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