On Saturday, October 21, 2017 Cindy and I entered a new era of fitness. After the October 2016 Race in Clermont, I registered for this race. During the course of the year the arthritis in my hips got painfully worse and worse. It became clear that my running had become a painful jog. The Great Floridian features a number of options for racing. One of them is the relay. The race organizers were kind enough to allow me to change my individual entry to a relay entry, and the race was on! I would swim the one mile course and ride the 37 mile bike route. Then Cindy would take over the timing chip and run the 9 mile figure eight course.
Cindy here: I casually remarked that I could probably run the nearly nine mile loop as I had been running 6 miles most Tuesdays and Thursdays. So sure enough Clark signed me onto the relay. I felt confident that I could do it and it is all for fun and fitness right? Right! It got really hot by afternoon when I was to get started. I don’t really enjoy running in the heat, but I knew it would be hot and it is only for a couple of hours. No problem. I like to cheer on the volunteers as much as they cheer me on. It helps. By mile 5 I noticed my hands were starting to swell. Huh? I have never experienced this before. As soon as I finished I headed straight for the ice pool and plunged my hands in it. That took the swelling right down. Over all it was a great day. Next time I won’t spend all day on my feet in the heat. I will find a cool shady place to relax and wait my turn. I am still puzzled about the swelling, but it seems to be quite common among athletes.
Clark again: Well, it was a new experience for me to go from swimmer, to biker to sherpa. While Cindy and Maureen were out running in the heat I got the bikes put on the car then enjoyed watching the finishers come in. (That’s Cindy finishing for us in the above picture!) I swam the course in an identical time from last year, a little slower on the bike. Two interesting PRs. One climb and one downhill. I let the brakes out on the last descent into Clermont and it was exciting !! The climb was notable due to the heat. I am wearing my TENS unit on bike rides now. It does seem to help the L-4 and L-5 stay a little quieter and lots less sciatic nerve pain. Next up, May 2018 in Chattanooga 70.3. Swim 1.2 miles for me, then a 56 mile bike and Cindy a 13.1 mile run.
My take away: keep moving. Do what you can do. I love my wife ! Cindy knows how much I enjoy the races, and I am blessed to have a partner willing to join into the fray with me. Thanks Lucinda, you’re the best.