Endorphins vs Chonic Pain

I,  by pure luck, ran into a local triathlon legend at the LA Fitness near my house.  I had planned to go to our community pool but when I saw the traffic in the swim lanes I detoured to LA Fitness.  It was a great mental boost coming off of months of dealing with fibromyalgia pain, my worse than expected dislocated but ‘healed’ pinkie, my cervical spine spurs and a worsening low back.  Thank God that my headaches have been a minor issue for months.  This guy and I started in triathlon around the same time 7 ish years ago but he was BUILT for it and he trains like an animal.  He qualified and is racing at the WORLD Championships in KONA this October.  I felt the adrenalin kick in as I was racing in the lane next to him.  Felt as amazing as swimming can to me.   We had a quick but per usual good chat about our days.  It amazes me when people can be as busy as he is with work and with training PLUS with children.  Great parents get much respect from this childless gentleman.

I am taking it as a good sign as also today I had already decided to jump into week 5 of a training plan for Ironman Arizona 70.3 in October.  I can’t follow any training plan due to my issues but it is a nice distance guide on what I should be trying to do.  We’ll see. . .

Once the endorphins wear off of a great exercise session it is usually a matter of hours before my body reminds me of everything I already know but try to forget often.  On the horizon (in one week) is a diagnostic neck injection called a medial branch block that will determine if I am eligible to get a nerve burning procedure called a rhizotomy.  I still have to ask this Dr. that IF it goes well if he thinks it is even safe (just for my neck) to pursue racing in the fall.   If I were superstitious I would cross my fingers.

Happy work and survival week to everyone

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