So I was informed earlier this week that my Synacthen test showed no abnormally low levels of Cortisol. So they have no called me in for a 72 hour fast test to confirm and determine the cause of suspected spontaneous hypoglycemia which I experienced back in July at the end of Kalmar Swimrun.
So Tuesday the 22nd of November I check in to the hospital and stay until Friday 1400, unless of course I develop low blood sugar before the 72 hours are over. Which basically means as long as I have a blood sugar level above 2.2mmol/l the only thing they will give me is water.
They will be taking blood test every 2 hrs, so not only will I start to get hungry, I am going to be tired from not being able to sleep all night.
I have not heard anything back from the neurologist Dr, so my working out is still limited to 85% max pulse and I still taking a blood thinner. Swimming under A3 works, but once I try to swim hard or fast, my pulse goes up and I have to slow down or stop. Crossfit and lifting is going well, I don’t have any speed, but I am able to keep a good pace and work through the WoDs.
Running on the 1st of Oct was so hard that it has not been easy for me to make time to run again.
Late in August my doctor said I could start to workout again, but to keep my heart rate below 90% of my max. Which basically meant I could swim around 1:20-1:25/100m, bike around 20-24km/h, run around 6:30/km and train Crossfit, but scaled weights and a slower pace.
For the lack of a better word, my body weight is finally responding to my lifestyle changes and after 10 months of gaining weight, I have finally seen a drop.
I have a distance future goal of where I want to be, but for the time being I am just going to be happy with the new downward trend…
In May, I wrote about hitting rock bottom. Unfortunately, hitting rock bottom was not enough for me to motivate myself to start training again. Illness, work and lack of motivation from my part, kept me on the sofa and in a car.
Last year Crossfit Växjö won the Beach Event at Falkenberg when Fredrik crossed the finish line with the fastest time and I came in fourth. This year Fredrik was away and my participation in the event was doubtful considering what happened last Saturday.
But the weather forecast was sunny and warm, so the family woke up early and we headed to the west coast.
What a race, and a fantastic course, but on July 16th my body wasn’t 100% and I fell to the ground with less than 500 m left to the finish line…. But let’s start from the beginning.
Friday afternoon, Fredrik and I leave Växjö and head to Kalmar for our toughest Swimrun race ever. This would be my third race in 21 days. But we had a race plan to keep us on track and across the finish line before the time cut. We go straight to Prestationskläder to pick up our swim caps and racing bibs, then check in to our room, and head out for burgers at O’learys. During dinner we talk about the coming race, our plan and various goal times. The race is roughly 33 km running combined with 6800 m swimming with around 33 transitions from running to swimming. There is a 7.2 km run that we would pass twice, and that we knew would be the make or break for us. But luckily for us, there was also a 1 km swim, that would allow us to rest, while hopefully make up some ground on those that can run. The max time for the race was 7 hours and 15 minutes felt easy, so we had 6:30 as a realistic goal, but our secret goal was under 6 hours. To go under 6 hours would require swimming 15min/km, with less than 15 minutes of transitions from swimming to running, and running around 7:15/km, not likely to happen, but something to have to help push us as we start to get tired.
So this past Sunday I participated in my first official Ironman 70.3, in Jönköping. I had done the Vättern Challenge, the same distances, but slightly different course, and this time the race was under the Ironman flag, which really helps draw a larger crowd to the race.
So Saturday was the first of three big races in July. Around 1600 Friday I pack my car and head to Karlskrona with my Swimrun partner Fredrik and Peter. Its a short ride to Karlskrona. We arrive just before 1800, check into our room, and then make our way over to registration. We get our racing bibs with lucky nr 11 and then reset our timing chip before heading over to Nivå for a tasty burger.
As most of you know my training over the last 20 months has been sporadic. Swimming being the only anchor keeping my training a float.
Jan and Feb I managed to find a better routine and found myself on a road back to hard training with 9-10 hours/week. But then work and illness got in the way so I only managed 1-5 hours training March and April. In May things slowly turned for the better and I was able to get over 6 hours/week for 6 weeks.
This past week I manged to push myself back into training and had
550 min biking
60 min running
210 min swimming
So last weekend the 11th of June was the start of Swimrun season 2016 for Team TYR Warriors. Unfortunately, my teammate Fredrik was having some issues with his calf muscle as late as Monday the 6th, so we decided it was better he continue with rehab and save himself for our other two races coming up in July. Luckily through Facebook and my swimming friends I was able to find a replacement for Stockholm Swimrun. Marius contacted me and a day later it was decided. I was very clear that I was going to be slow, so it was going to be more of a workout for him than a race, and he was ok with that.