Today is race day! The Dances With Dirt 50K in Brown County State Park, BCSP, is being run right now as I write, so why aren’t I running instead of writing? It’s not because of the rain that started early morning filling the creeks and making the course muddy and slippery. It’s my darned glutes!
I’ve had tremendous fun ramping up the weekly mileage, adding long runs in the forests and parks in the area. Long runs in the hills, gaining insight as to race strategy and how to approach the monster hills of Brown County all increased my anticipation of what was to be a very challenging event. Until my longest and hilliest training run in BCSP a month ago. Twenty two miles, 3500ft of elevation gain and almost 5 hours of fun overcooked my right glutes, deep muscles and tendons. A week later I was limping in obvious pain and haven’t run since. Rats!
So it’s off to the doctor next week to find out why it’s not healing. Rolling, stretching and Ibuprofen have all failed my own attempts at rehab, so I guess it’s time to call in the experts. It’s also time to hit the pool and get ready for the Team Triumph Sprint Triathlon in Door County this July.
It’s also time for you, the reader, to sign the following Action Alert found on the Arthritis Foundation’s “May is Arthritis Month” notice. There are many good articles with pertinent information about arthritis. Please add your name in support of finding a cure!
Hot off the press from the Jingle Bell Run/Walk Shoestring E-Newsletter!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk Honoree
“Meet Teena Anderson. Teena is a living example of just how far arthritis research has come. Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 14, doctors put her on a steady course of steroids and gold injections and told her she couldn’t play sports. Of course, we now know that movement is the best medicine for arthritis, and that’s why, despite her physical limitations, Teena has agreed to serve as the adult honoree for the 2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Congratulations Teena!”
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Congratulations Teena on winning the 2013 Heart of the Mission Award at the Indianapolis Chapter Arthritis Foundation Volunteer Recognition Dinner! Many hours of dedication and hard work culminated in an unanticipated yet very much deserved award.
Congratulations also to the other award winners who are dedicated to a wonderful organization, working tirelessly behind the scenes and directly with arthritis sufferers. You’re all appreciated!
Our 2013 Award Winners, from left to right: Teena Anderson (Heart of the Mission Award), Cheryl Kingsbury (Development Volunteer of the Year Award), Kevin Mandrell (Leadership Council Member of the Year Award) and Dr. Peter Chira (Consumer Health Volunteer Leadership Award) — at Dave and Busters banquet facility.
Please take a few minutes to explore the Arthritis Foundation website found in the left sidebar and consider volunteering, making a donation, or participating in an event!
As an athlete, whenever I’ve needed to see a physician about a sports-related injury, I’ve had choices in medical specialists and know I can get an appointment relatively soon and close to home. Just ask a fellow athlete and you’ll get several sports med doctors in your community. Kids with arthritis must see “the next best doctor,” which means a family practitioner unfamiliar with the nuances of childhood arthritis, or a rheumatologist who treats adults. Infants, toddlers and youths get arthritis, too, not just adults. Here are some numbers that are rather eye-opening:
Feb. 2013 data
The U.S. has approximately 300,000 children – ages one day to 16 years – with juvenile arthritis.
The U.S. has around 300 pediatric-rheumatologists. (I see a severe shortage here!)
The U.S. doesn’t have even one pediatric-rheumatologist in 11 of its 50 states according to the map at left. (Oh boy, let’s take a long trip just to get to one, and then expect a long wait for appointments!) 24% of pediatric cases must travel over 80 miles to see a pediatric-rheumatologist.
The majority of pediatric-rheumatologists work in teaching hospitals, which reduces the time they can be available for actual patient care.
To serve these 300,000 children, each of our current pediatric-rheumatologists have, in theory, 1,000 patients. If these pediatric-rheumatologists examine, and treat their patients once a week, which is common in the world of juvenile arthritis, each pediatric-rheumatologist would need to see 25 patients an hour, during a 40-hour workweek. (I sure wouldn’t want my kid seen on a Friday!)
If each of these doctors used all 120 hours of a 24-hour-per-day 5-day workweek, he or she would still need to see 8 patients an hour. (I still wouldn’t want my kid seen on a Friday!)
That gives each doctor less than 8 minutes with a patient.
My estimates are inflated, of course. My fear is not.
The U.S. has an incentive program that reimburses a medical intern/resident in pediatrics up to $35,000 to complete a subspecialty education for kids with arthritis.
Please, help spread the word.
Click the following link for a presentation by the Arthritis Foundation with more eye opening stats
Thanks Teena for your input!
The triathlon season hasn’t started yet, at least in the cold climate areas, but that hasn’t stopped the planning! My brother Marc, found a great way to include our sister Teena in the sport. In July, a group of us will take part in the Door County Sprint Triathlon in Wisconsin. It’s a full team effort with Teena front and center!
Team Triumph is a national organization that helps pair able-bodied athletes with people, who for reasons of disease progression, aren’t able to accomplish certain feats on their own. So as a team of Angels (we’re actually called Angels!), Marc, Cindy-a coworker of Marc’s, my wife Karol and I, will be Angels assisting the Captain of the team, Teena, through all three portions of the triathlon!
It’ll be a challenge for us all. For Teena, who hasn’t taken part of any of these sports for many years (I hear she’s been training!), and for the rest of us in learning to handle new equipment and new situations. One angel will pull a raft during the swim, another will ride an adaptive bike, and another push an adaptive chair, all with Teena aboard. The 4th Angel assists at the transitions helping the Captain get ready for the next leg. And the event is in beautiful Door County Wisconsin to boot!
It’ll be a blast for sure! Come see us compete or keep your eye on the results page, better yet find a chapter near you and become an Angel!
I’ve recently rediscovered a passion that had me going to some pretty exciting places 25 years or so ago. Exciting both geographically and emotionally. With all the biking and running that I’ve done the last 6 years on the roads, and all the peril that goes with the roads, I’ve found I’ve needed a break. The rediscovery is trail running!
Trail running is a different kind of running. It requires lightness of feet, quick reactions, orienteering skills and a love of the outdoors. If you don’t have those you’ll quickly gain them. We’re blessed to live in an area that has 10′s of thousands of acres and 100′s of miles of trails in state parks, national and state forests and wilderness areas, all within about a 30 to 45 minute drive. I thought the local roads provided hills! The logging roads, horse and hiking trails wind their way through some pretty big hills, some 200-300 feet in ascent. That’s pretty much like a 20-30 story building!
Stream crossings, ponds and small lakes, wildlife encounters, remote areas with limited access all make for a great outing. Too bad some of the wildlife of a 100-150 years ago have been hunted or driven out of the area. I still may come across a bobcat or the like though.
Hoka One One Bondi 2
I’ve had to change shoes too, for more protection from rocks and other sharp objects on the trail. I read quite a bit about a newer shoe call Hoka One One (pronounced o nay). The company has several shoes both for road and trail use. I decided on a road shoe and it turns out it works great on the trails too. It’s easier to go that direction than from trail to road. It’s kind of a goofy looking shoe reminiscent of a moon boot, but the cushioning, support and lightness it provides is wonderful.
Over the winter I’ll have my work cut out for me. 2014 is an off-year from Ironman and I’ve targeted a marathon in May, one in a series of four called Dances With Dirt Gnawbone in Nashville, Indiana. I’ve already done some trail runs this fall and the rediscovery has me really eager to get off the road and back into the woods. But before that of course, is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Indianapolis this December. Take one of the two links under RA Links in the side bar to donate to a worthwhile cause!
Wow it’s been a long time since my last post! Ironman Louisville has come and gone. I’ve recovered physically and have actually gained a couple of pounds. The last 6 weeks have been awesome as I’ve totally been out of the training mindset and instead have tackled yard jobs that I’ve put off all year. With the help of a flexible work schedule, and a new (used) pickup truck, I’ve dirtied my hands in garden soil and mulch, pulled and cleared ivy and weeds in preparation for vegetable and flower garden planting next year. Man, that backyard is gonna take a while!
I certainly haven’t forgotten about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis fund-raising event this December and decided this week I’d better lace up and run a few steps to remember what running is like. I also came across an email from the Arthritis Foundation that has a link to my own personal fund-raising page. I didn’t realize I had my own page! So for the remaining time til the run the link will be posted here and on the sidebar for easy access. And no, I’m not in the photo!
Donation page for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk.
More to come!