I can tell you where is going.
Is going towards THE BEST part of the season and that is RACING season all summer long.
As you have seen on my previous blog my summer is pretty much all planned as it relates to racing.
I am very excited about the racing that I will be doing but even more exciting to me is the racing that other VERY SPECIAL FOLKS will be doing this summer.
These Special Folks OF COURSE are Blood Clot Survivors from across the world.
One of those blood clot survivors racing this summer will be CARLA McADAM STEWART who has an inspiring story that will get you off your feet and going.
Carla has been kind enough to share her story with us. Here it is for you to read and to draw on that motivation you need to find your next taregt and achieve it.
1) What is your sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it?/How did you get started in that sport?
I started in running back in 2004 with my husband as a way of doing something active together. We started with a target of finishing a 5k race that year. After completing our 1st 5k, we continued targeting a number of other short distance 5/10k races & eventually made the jump to 1/2 marathons and marathons. The active lifestyle quickly became a passion for both of us, and we started looking for more. This is how I got turned on to Triathlon! I eat/sleep/drink triathlon these days…why? Since 2004, I’ve always been drawn to the longer distance events, Triathlon offers this like no other through 70.3 & 140.6 events. I love the variety of activity it offers, the immense feeling of accomplishment when I cross the finish line, & the amazing people I’ve met along the way. The first time I heard “You are an Ironman” will stay with me the rest of my life, & it keeps me coming back for more. I have since become a 3X Ironman Finisher in recent years.
2) What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve? (Long bike ride, some race coming up or that you did
This past weekend was my first race back in over 14 months since my PE in early 2012. I completed the Mississauga ½ Marathon only 8 minutes short of my Personal Best! On a larger scale, I have two triathlons scheduled for this summer as well that will put the final stamp on my return to my pre PE baseline. I’m currently training for the Welland ½ Iron Distance race in late June, and Ironman Mont Tremblant in August of this year. I did sign up for Ironman Mont Tremblant just when I started running again, I knew there was a chance I wouldn't be able to handle to training but I knew I had to at least try. I needed a big goal to focus on istead of all the anxiety and needed something to make me feel normal again. So far training is going well.
3) Tells about your clotting episode. Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission?
I suffered a massive saddle pulmonary embolism early last year. To this day, we’re not exactly sure the route cause. I was hospitalized for 6 days after fainting in my chiropractors office and taken to hosptial via ambulace. Prior to the fainting I did notice my heart rate was feeling faster than normal and my husband and noticed I was breathing a little heavier than normal.I brushed it off, I knew nothing of blood clots and didn't think much of it. I certainly learned my lesson and will no longer ignore. I also never had any pain which seems to be a common symptom. I had numerous doctors and med students parade through my room to see the patient with the large PE. Nothing like making me feel comfortable about the situation! The first night in the ER my resting heart rate was hovering around 140 BPM, due to the constrictions and how hard my heart had to work. I was told a number of times that I was extremely lucky to be alive and lucky I had a strong heart. My initial options for treatment were a “clot buster” treatment with a 10% chance of a brain bleed or going on a combination of daily injections and warfarin in pill form. With the help of my husband giving me the injections, I chose the combination of medications over the more aggressive clot busting option.
6) How much are you getting out doing your sport? (Every day you do some training, 2, 3, 4 times per week)
8) If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go?