After 70.3 Gulf Coast, I headed back to the East Coast. I had a new sense of accomplishment. Racing season - as ugly as it started, is on!
I somewhat texted Tim as I was flying back, I want to do jump into 70.3 Chattanooga. He didn’t say much, but once home, he said, “I was already thinking you would.”
My alarm bells in my head went off - I was just on a high post race, I am not ready to race in 7 days. Seriously?! I fought it for about 5 minutes, and then, started looking at tickets, connecting with my friends down there, and set the week in motion. My mindset is back. We are racing our way back to health this year, with vengeance! :)
70.3 Chattanooga: this Instagram Post pretty much sums it up! :) During the week leading into the race, I actually climbed a rung on the health ladder. I went for a solid run mid-week that was faster than I raced in Gulf coast. Like last year, once the bacteria load decreases, the body starts bouncing back. By Thursday morning, I was excited to be racing again. The feeling of being able to push your body is (as I write in the above post), undeniably, is one of the best feelings in the world! Finally, I felt a little of my old self!
In Chattanooga, I had a fantastic time catching up with old friends, meeting new people, and connecting with members of the IRACELIKEAGIRL team. I had a chance to head to Quintana Roo Head Quarters. This bike company is truly one of a kind! To see how the bike is manufactured, painted and delivered was inspiring. The company has literally thought of everything to make an amazing triathlon bike with ease of use! I’ve written on Instagram about QR, and I’m truly honored to be part of the team.
I started a new medication for Babesia - Mepron (a nasty orange sludge drink!). Babesia is a parasite co-infection I was diagnosed with last year, along with Bartonella and Lyme (Ticks more often than not carry co-infections with Lyme - those bastards!). We have been treating Bartonella and Lyme for the last 6 weeks, and continue to do so.
One of the symptoms of Babesia is AIR HUNGER - if anyone heard me while I was running in the race, you’d think I was dying. My breathing is LOUD, and asthmatic-like. I use it to my advantage for finding a rhythm (at least that is what I tell myself). It’s as if you can’t get enough air with your breath. After doing more research (again, YOU HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN SELF ADVOCATE!), I realized this could be Babesia, and requested to get on Mepron. All these infections take 4-6 months (roughly) of antibiotics - as far as I have researched, mind you, everyone is different. (Last year I was only on antibiotics for 3-4 months, and Mepron for only about 6 weeks).
Once you start a new antibiotics/anti-parasitic, the most common result- if you have the infection, is a herx (a die-off of the pests in your system that create inflammation and make you feel crappy). They typically increase the severity of the symptoms - for me, this was/is air hunger. A herx usually happens 48-72 hours after the initiation of the drug.
Just like clock-work, I had a day where for the life of me, I could not breathe, and had some significant headaches. It actually made me happy, because that means I’m killing the infection, and will continue to climb my way back to health. (My full regimen is listed below). *you need to treat Lyme in steps or you overload your system
I’m now settled back in my home, in Boulder CO, and couldn’t be more excited. Altitude will take a bit to get use to again!
I flew here in a snow storm, and drove home in one. Gotta love the mountains! But today, today is what looks like to be, the start of official summer! You’ll find me riding in the mountains, my first love on a bike!
// Mindset //
A friend of mine sent me this infamous quote:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
I’m not afraid to fail, in order to win. In life, I believe we live to purify oourselves - to free ourselves of past issues and growth - physically, mentally and spiritually. Some people give in, and give up on this endeavor - perhaps find it years later. I relate this to racing. There are those that give up, and give in. We create layers of an onion to protect ourself and create avoidance patterns of the truth. My truth: fighting Lyme, and dealing with it. I’m not avoiding it. I’m growing from it. If I were to not strip away the negativity and self-doubt (layers of the onion), my life would be a big lump of '$%^ and bring fear. This is where I was mentally prior to 70.3 Gulf Coast. Roosevelt words shine here. Dare Greatly. Truth is everything - and it starts with showing up, and self-belief.
Self belief really means being true to YOUrself! Sometimes that truth is painful, and not fun. My reality is I am fighting off Lyme, and yes, it sucks! So to face it head on, makes me stronger because of it. I don’t think there is a better way to mentally challenge yourself than an illness and fighting for your health back. Out of all the racing, and training I’ve done in the last decade, fighting Lyme has given me the most mentally. I will fight… make the choice to move forward, and never look back!
Be aware of yourself
Can Do Mindset
Stay in present
// Next up: Ironman - let’s see what I’ve got!
Current Regimen for LYME as of May 2019:
Cefuroxime 500 mg 1 pill 2 times a day. every other week.
Doxycycline 100 mg 2 pill 2 times a day
Nystatin 500,000 2 pills 2 times a day
Bactrim DS 1 pill 2 times a day
Plaquenil 1 pill 2 times a day
LDN 3.0mg daily
Tinizadole 2x week, twice ad ay (Monday and Thursday)
Mepron, 5ml 2x day
VID CBD Oil - for everything! 50mg 2x day (www.vid-cbd.com) - (use Code: AN0519 for 20% and free shipping)
Supplements (Thorne.com for most - use code Angela15 for 15%)
DETOX2 supplements (bentonite clay)
Grapefruit seed extract
Viral killing and immune building Herbs.
Things I do weekly: