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Thursday, July 15, 2021

July Athlete of the Month

Are you feeling the heat...?!?!?

Love, LOVE summer time.  No better time of the year as the CLOT BUSTERs #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots are out there training and racing.

I am very fortunate to be able to do what I can do swimming, biking, and running.  But even more fortunate is to get the chance to engage with folks as they see the polka-dots and they ask about them. Getting to talk about the polka-dots opens up the flood gates to talk about the work that NBCA is doing in many fronts, as well as the celebration of blood clot survivors being to do what they can in their come backs, and lastly the remainder that along the way we do lose folks because of blood clots when those clotting incidents could have been prevented.  There are plenty of reasons why we need to wear the polka-dots and all of them are greatly important.

Everyday I learn something new from this community that keeps me inspired and will inspire you as well.

Summer is also the season of Golf.

Definitely not for me but for many others it is. I truly admire the skill required to get that white little ball going where you want it to go.  I also admire the level frustration I have seen from some people when the shots don't go as planned. Just like any other sport dedication, talent, and some luck are all keep components to any success. I have tried my hand a few times and I ended up drinking more cervezas than hitting the ball with any sort of accuracy. Perhaps it is time to consider getting the CLOT BUSTERS #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots on to a polo shirt so that the polka-dots can also get on the golf courses of the world!

Well, I bring up golf on this post because I just learned through our network of blood clot survivors that an active PGA Professional Golfer is in fact a blood clot survivor.  How about that?

In fact this Blood Clot Survivor also came close to a victory in the Rocket Mortgage Classic that was played from July 1st through the 4th.  TROY MERRITT came in second on this tournament which is truly remarkable considering what he went through back in 2018 when his clotting incident took place.  He is definitely a picture of consistency despite some of the hurdles he had to overcome.

I found a couple of articles that explain in pretty good detail the extent of his clotting incident and what he had to do recover.



In the more than 13 years of doing this blog I don't recall ever getting the opportunity to feature the story of a professional golfer. It is great to read that he has been able bounce back from his clotting incident and continues his professional career at the highest level. 

For sure I need to consider the polka-dots for a polo shirt at some point in the future. They will have to be subtle so that they wont distract your opponents at the golf course...

Keep on enjoying the summer as much as you can while doing what you love. At the golf course or anywhere else... BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!

Thank you for reading.

The Clot Buster

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

June Athlete of the Month

Time is flying...

I blinked a few times and the school year is over + May is gone + and I have been enjoying the fires in our backyard a lot.

Racing in the CLOT BUSTER #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots is coming into focus and June, July and August will have me doing some serious triathloning... the only problem is that I have not been in a pool since last September... I am going to be scrambling to get ready for my first race in 2 weeks time... I just need for our local pool to open PRONTO!

The inspiration to race in the #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots is there and growing every day.  Getting the opportunity to meet more Blood Clot Survivors and learning about their stories keeps the fire going so that I can get the polka-dots out racing to Celebreate and Remember ALL BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS.  

Very excited to share with your LINDSAY's story for the June Athlete of the Month post.  She does two of the sports I enjoy a great deal and that I am getting to race more and more.  Certainly Lindsay's story will bring along a great deal of motivation and inspiration to get out there because she is a perfect example of the fact that BLOOD CLOT SURRVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!  Many Thanks to Lindsay for sharing her story.

Please read on and enjoy!

What is you sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it?

Cycling & Kayaking! I love that I can take my bike out and ride anywhere in nature and I love kayaking because it's a fun activity on the water! I get to explore different areas either by bike or kayak! 

How did you get started in that sport? 

I begged my uncle for my first bike while on a camping trip when I was really young! I saw so many kids riding their bikes around the campground and it looked so fun. I just started kayaking a few years ago when a friend of mine invited me to try their kayak on a lake near our house. I was scared at first but was instantly hooked! 

What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve? (Long bike ride, some race coming up or that you did).

I just completed my second PeloFondo event since my clotting episode. The first one I rode a total of 38 miles just 5 weeks after being cleared to get back on my bike. I set a goal to ride 50 miles 3 months later during the second event and I did it!

Tells about your clotting episode.  Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission? 

I ended up in the ER the evening of Oct 5, 2020 with severe shortness of breath, after blacking out. My imaging showed both lungs full of clots with severe right heart strain/pulmonary hypertension. I was taken to emergency surgery for 5 hours to remove as many clots as possible. After a short stay in the ICU and a couple of nights in the CCU I was discharged home. I am currently on blood thinners and will likely remain on them for the rest of my life. I was off work for 3 months and returned Jan 4, 2021. 

When were you able to get back into your activity?  How did it feel that first time?   

My cardiologist and pulmonologist cleared me to start riding my bike at low intensity/short duration on Dec 7, 2020 - 2 months after my clots/surgery. I started off on my indoor spin bike (Peloton) doing 5 min rides. I felt so weak, which was frustrating, but I was thankful to be on the bike and was determined to improve and get stronger! 

What is your favorite piece of gear for your favorite activity?

I love my Peloton and Trek hybrid bike. My favorite kayak is my Perception Tribe! 

How much are you getting out doing your sport? 

I have not been kayaking since my clotting event - yet. But plan to asap! I am biking 4-5 days/week both indoor and outdoor! 

What is your favorite food?  

I love Thai food and sushi! :) But Mexican food is a favorite as well! 

If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go?

I'd love to go to Switzerland! 

What would like to say to someone who is going through a clotting episode, perhaps very similar to yours?  How can people return todo what they enjoy? Tells about your concerns and what you look out after as you returned to action.

Be patient with yourself. Your body has experienced trauma and it will take time to heal. Find what you can do comfortably and start there, and build slowly as you start to feel stronger. I wear a heart rate monitor and have my target heart rates calculated so I know what my safe zones are (and the zones to avoid/when to back off or slow down) and I discussed those numbers with my medical team. I always wear my heart rate monitor for all activity. Stay hydrated, drink lots of water and stay active as much as you can - even if you can only walk a few steps starting out. And always discuss with your medical team - your plans, how things are going, what you're seeing/experiencing, how you're feeling, and any concerns. Blood Clot survivors are warriors!! 

So glad that when you were treated adn diagnosed properly right from the start. So many times we have seen that it has taken several attempts at a diagnosis before the appropriate determination is made. It gives me hope that we are improving in our diagnosis of clotting events so that treatments can be started when needed.

Very cool that you are back on your bike CRUSHING IT and soon enough ready to get back in the water with your Kayak. No doubt that it will feel incredible when you get back in the boat and cruise along. Can't wait to hear about where you will be able to go exploring because YOU CAN!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, May 07, 2021

May AthleteS of the Month



You have heard me say this time and time again.

I believe this to be absolutely true.

I am always so proud to be able to wear the CLOT BUSTER #TeamSTOPTHECLOT polka-dots because I am inspired by what Blood Clot Survivors can do.

Speaking of Blood Clot Survivors doing...

During our March event we had 3 Blood Clot Survivors be part of the top 10 individuals who tracked their mileage every day of the month. There were more than 150 people doing tracking for the month.

How incredible is that? 

You know that I was tracking my mileage too and silently I was doing my very best to compete against these beasts.  But I only managed to be the 7th best...

One of these Blood Clot Survivors placed 3rd Overall while the other two were 8th and 9th respectively... AMAZING!!!

That is truly an incredible accomplishment because they threw down some serious miles during the month of March.

I am doing my best to get an interview with each of these survivors as I believe their story and determination would be very fitting for this blog.  

They are an inspiration because of their ability to overcome.

All Blood Clot Survivors can overcome at their own pace and ability. Every story keeps me going.

Speaking of keeping me going... my Clot Buster #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots are training hard these days trying to get ready for a little racing this summer

Are you racing this summer?

What events are you considering? 

I am going to be doing 2 - 70.3 Half Iron-Distance Triathlons as my primary races for the year.  

At the moment it looks like these races are a go so I am starting to prepare. Stay tuned for more information down the road.

I really hope that you get a chance to get you Clot Buster #TeamStopTheClot polka-dots in some races this year.  I fully expect to see some pictures of polka-dots in action!

That is all for now.

Stay safe and be well!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!