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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

June Athlete of the Month

Slowly at a very steady pace the CLOT BUSTER StopTheClot polka-dots are spreading far and wide.

THANK YOU to ALL who have made a purchase so that they can help spread the work about blood clots and blood clotting disorders as well as inspire other blood clot survivors to get back doing what they loved doing either in sport or outside of sport.

Getting polka-dots out of people is very exciting to me because I am always asking to learn about the purchaser's blood clotting story.  I know that it is a bit forward but all stories intrigue me and I always find them fascinating.

June's Athlete of the Month is indeed a victim of my questions...

This lady just wanted to get her polka-dots and get out in Central Park to wear them proudly... but here I was asking away my usual set of questions and of course making in roads to see if she would be willing to share here story with a all of us... Well, THANKFULLY she was willing to share her story of survival from blood clots which you can read more about below.

So, please allow me to introduce to you ANGIE MOREFIELD!

1)   What is you sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it?
I have been competing triathlon for about 4 years. I love pushing myself and seeing what I'm capable of physically and mentally.

2)  How did you get started in that sport?
I originally started doing triathlon for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program to help find a cure for blood cancers. It was a great program to learn the sport and help a great cause at the same time.

3)  What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve?(Long bike ride, some race coming up or that you did) .
I am currently training for Ironman Mt. Tremblant on August 17th. I've been training since October. I've put lots of mileage on my bike, in the water and on my running for the legs to get stronger since my PE. This past Memorial Day weekend was the hardest and longest mileage yet in training. I was able to log about 200 miles on my bike, and about 20 miles running. Not to mention a couple open water swims all up in beautiful Lake Placid, NY.

4)  Tells about your clotting episode.  Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission?
Last June I was training for what was then my 2nd Ironman competition. I had flown out to Lake Tahoe to do a Century ride with my brother. After a fantastic day riding 100 miles I then hoped on a red eye flight back to New York City. The next day I resumed my training but something felt off. Wasn't sure if it was the jet lag, the red eye, the NY humidity but something didn't feel right. I continued to train that week. On Saturday I was supposed to run 18 miles but could barely crawl through 4. The next day on Sunday (1 week after my Century ride) I went out for an 80 mile ride with friends. I couldn't ride up the same hills I had been able to ride up for the last 4 years. I just didn't have the breath or energy. I thought maybe I had allergies or some sort of exercise educed Asthma. The next morning, going to work I had a very difficult time walking up the Subway stairs. A close coworker looked at me and recommended I go to urgent care and just have my symptoms looked at. I thought nothing of it but agreed. When I got to urgent care they asked me 3 questions (1: had I done any recent travel, 2: do I have a history of blood disorders in my family, and 3: are you on birth control (I was currently on the Nuva Ring). When I said yes to all the questions they insisted I go to the ER immediately because they thought I had a Pulmonary Embolism. I was familiar with this because my mom had had 2 PE's in the past. But, how could this happen to me? Young, athletic, healthy. Quickly I learned it can happen to anyone.

 5)  When were you able to get back into your activity?  How did it feel that first time?
I was released from the hospital 4 days later. My doctor said I could try to run maybe a mile after 2 weeks. So I did. It was the hardest mile of my life. From there I just gratually started riding my bike at a studio and slowly running trying to get my lungs back. I even competed in a Tough Mudder 3 months after my diagnosis. Wasn't easy by any means, but I did it. I was on Rivaroxaban for 7 months and wasn't able to ride my bike outdoors for fear of crashing and bleeding out. The day I was able to ride outdoors again was with my brother. It was very emotional and I couldn't of been happier.

 6)  What is your favorite piece of gear for your favorite activity? (Bike brand, running shoes, perhaps a running singlet or the Clot Buster's
 Running Polka-Dot Technical Shirt...) I love my bike. Miss Roo is her name. She's a black and pink Quintana Roo and she's gotten me through some rough times, races and emotional moments.
 7)  How much are you getting out doing your sport?  (Everyday you do some training, 2, 3, 4 times per week)
I currently train 6 days a week with 1 recovery day (thank god).

 8)   What is your favorite food?  Either generally or after a workout.  For me there is nothing better than a Chipotle Burrito...
Being a California girl living in New York City, I love mexican food. But during training it's not the best food to generally eat before workouts. :) So, I will always still with a good cold beer immediately after a race or major workout to be my favorite.

 9)  If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go?
I would love to go Greece some day. Do they have races there? :)

 10)  What would like to say to someone who is going through a clotting episode, perhaps very similar to yours?  How can people return to do what they enjoy? Tells about your concerns and what you look out after as you got back.
Coming back from having a PE while being so young and healthy has been quite the emotional rollercoaster. Being and athlete the frustration I've gone through with why my body won't respond the way it had in the past or the way I want it to can really screw with your head. But each day, I remind myself of my favorite mantra "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" and I just keep swimming...or biking...or running. I'm so lucky to have supportive family members, friends and teammates who are always cheerleading for me and pushing me. The body is an amazing things. All I think about these days is the moment I'm going to be able to cross the finish line to my Ironman, and come back from one of the scariest moments of my life. #SUCKITPE

Angie - THANK YOU for sharing your story with us and giving us and insight of what you've been through and how you are able to battle the fear to move on.

Amazing that you are preparing for an Ironman.  I can't even begin to imagine what it takes to get to that place... someday I hope to find out.

However CLOT BUSTER nation is rooting for you from everywhere as you will represent the polka-dots during your training and racing.

Keep at it and here we are WISHING YOU THE BEST OF LUCK!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

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My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!

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