The last several weeks have been a blur...
We are on "alert" as we anticipate the arrival of our little one #3...
So far we had various trips to Labor & Delivery and Thankfully #3 continues to stay put and EVERY DAY COUNTS for this little one to be in the oven as we draw closer to our due date of January 22nd. Crossing our fingers here to go as long as we can...
All that being said this post is long over due as this blood clot survivor's personal account about persistence, dedication, discipline, and desire to overcome the challenges of blood clots is well worth the read.
Blood Clot Survivors featured on this blog have many diverse backgrounds... SAM CARELTON takes us to the world of cycling but a new type of cycling as what he likes to do is what I would call Ultra-cycling where speed is not the ultimate goal but instead covering distances that are truly admirable.
Sam's perspective is one that I wanted to share because it is truly an inspiration as his dedication, discipline, and desire to overcome is an example that all of us can follow to get through our many challenges.
THANK YOU Sam for sharing your thoughts! No question that some of your points will resonate with many survivors out there!
2) How did you get started in that sport?
3) What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve?
I am working on achieving the P12. The P12 is riding one populaire brevet - that’s between 100K and 199K - per month for 12 consecutive months. As of July I have got seven months down, and only five to go so I’m confident of success. The challenge will be November and December: dealing with cold and wet weather, the kicker being the wet. I love the cold! I also face some serious scheduling issues in our lives; there is a flood of birthdays weaved in with the holidays.
4) Tell about your clotting episode. Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission?
5) When were you able to get back into your activity? How did it feel that first time?
6) What is your favorite piece of gear for your favorite activity?
I love gear - but there’s no one favorite piece. As I think about it, my favorite must be my shorts and my base layer: high quality cycling shorts really make all the difference after long hours in the saddle! The base layer, which I wear in all weather, especially when it is really hot, goes a LONG, LONG way to helping me stay cool. In hot, sunny weather I wear a base layer with long sleeves that are white, it keeps the sun off the skin, which is simply huge.
7) How much are you getting out doing your sport?
8) What is your favorite food? Either generally or after a workout.
While cycling the long distances, there is nothing like a Hammer Nutrition bar every time I feel my belly complain about being empty. They are easy to consume, full of energy, are really healthy and taste good! When I’m done with a brevet, I have to have a burrito Chipotle or Qdoba. I prefer Qodba, but they are a lot harder to find then Chipotle, which I also love.
9) If you could go someplace to visit and explore, where would you like to go?
10) What would like to say to someone who is going through a clotting episode, perhaps very similar to yours?
Here is hoping that some day I am lucky enough to get together with Sam and ride some massive distances while we enjoy the world around us. I wanted to be there to see him accomplish the last requirement of his P12 level but given that we continue on high baby #3 alert I was not able to go. But next year I am hoping to get go and get the CLOT BUSTER #StopTheClot polka-dots out in the rode with him!
Thanks for reading,
The Clot Buster