elisariva

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Einstein and Iron

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To say this year has been a challenging year for me would be a bit of an understatement. In reflection, I am reminded of a quote by Albert Einstein -

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”

Lessons From Yesterday
Since the middle of February I have faced one thing after another as far as my health goes. In total I think I have had four weeks with no issues. For the most part I knew what the ailments were, sometimes how it would be resolved was a mystery, but there was no guessing what was going on. Until now. From mid July through the end of August I dealt with a rather painful issue that thankfully resolved itself. For a week I was cautiously hopeful the tide had changed and I was back to normal. Not so quick – I started feeling pain again and I thought my issue had resurfaced. Nope – this is something else. What it is, is the question. I know a few things that it is not as I have been through several tests and procedures including a few ending in “omy” and “opy”. My medical vocabulary has greatly expanded this year for sure. Beyond that, I have learned much about myself – what matters most, what I am able to tolerate, who truly has my back, and just how much patience I really have. (Learning a lot on how to work on patience…)

Living for Today
As for my fitness, I am able to swim, cycle, and run again. In fact, that is when I feel the least amount of pain. Because of the set backs I have been through, my endurance is greatly reduced – especially on the bike and on the run. I am gradually building back my strength and endurance though. I am able to swim 3,000 meters or run 60 minutes before work and still be alert all day – progress. The idea of two a days makes me want to take a nap, but I am hoping to build up to it in a few weeks.

I have done my fair share of questioning. Not only to healthcare professionals, but also the “why me’s”. What is, is. What it is – well, that will come in time. This is when I have to truly live one day at a time and seize each moment, not just the day. World and local news have shown us how life can change, or end, in the blink of an eye. The little annoyances that once irked me are becoming even smaller. Time is short, I don’t want to waist it on trivial matters. So I am choosing to prioritize what matters most. My training is a huge part of my life and brings me great joy. Being able to train along side my fabulous friends makes the moments priceless. Taking time to share a meal and wonderful conversations with family members and friends – far better than eating on a snack tray and watching TV. Taking a moment to be thankful for the multitude of blessings that have been bestowed on me. Even spending my quiet down time with my furry friends adds seasonings to life.

My Hope For My Tomorrow
Being a planner, I have registered for two races next year.  Just two.  One in June and one in September.  June 1, 2014 is Ironman Raleigh 70.3 – IowaTriBob challenged me to do a race with him and I gladly took on the challenge. It is halfway for both of us as I am in Cleveland and he is in Tampa. I look forward to the experience and meeting Bob and his family in person. On September 28, 2014 – one year from today – I will tackle a challenge I have questioned if I ever could complete – a full Ironman. I have completed four half iron distance triathlons, yet the full 140.6 has seemed so daunting to me. That will change, I am registered for Ironman Chattanooga. Fortunately at least three of my friends will also be taking on the challenge. The training, travel and actual race will be an experience of a lifetime. My goals? Enjoy, apply my abilities, and finish!

I also have many hopes that are out of my control – good health, all my loved ones are with me a year from now, and all that the heart desires. I am going to continue to seeks answers to what could be ailing me, but I will not be brought down by it. As long as I am able to maintain my active lifestyle, I will push on.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

13 thoughts on “Einstein and Iron

  1. Glad to see this from you today. You continue to be an inspiration – that’s a wonderful gift you have to offer. I recommend you reread your own posts regularly…they will inspire you as well.

  2. Being a recovered drunk, I’ve seen this happen enough in my own life to fully grasp how this works…

    Why you? Because God knows you can take this and somebody needs what only you will be able to teach them from this trial – it may even be several people. I wish it were easier when we’re stuck in this crap, if we could just see a glimpse of that outcome it would make the ordeal so much more bearable, eh?

    Alas, that’s not how this works. Unfortunately you may never know who or how you influenced and changed someone else’s life for the better. I know you’ll be back, sooner than anyone could expect, because you’re that tough and determined… And I also believe that when it’s time to finally grasp what this whole thing was all about, when it’s finally all revealed, your eyes will be open and you’ll see it a mile a way. And you’ll just smile, happy in knowing that your faith was increased profoundly.

    You are a really good person, and have become a great friend, through our blogs. I am a lucky man to know you and I have faith in you.

    Check your email too. ;)

  3. Good post. I’ll be cheering on my brother at Chattanooga, so I will be there too cheer you on as well.

  4. You may be the most psychologically healthy person I “know.” Hope you find the cause of your problems going forward. Great goals for 2014 too!

  5. You are one of the most inspirational people I know!! You can do this. I believe it!

  6. Congrats on setting these goals! I hadn’t read anything from you in awhile and was happy to see this post. Sorry you’ve faced a few challenges as of late. Good luck and continued strength to persevere!

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