Registered for the VT100
So once again I have registered for the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run. I had until July of next year to register, but I just could not stand the feeling of being without a big race planned for next year. It is like I have no purpose in life, without something to focus on. I feel better knowing that I have something waiting for me. It gives me a reason to continue training and more importantly, just something to look forward to. Life is so much more interesting when this is so. The anticipation of a big event, the anticipation of anything really, is what adds the spice to life.
The big question surrounding this race is whether or not I will be able to get to the starting line injury free. As much as I love ultra-running, ultra-running does not seem to agree with my body. I keep getting injured every time I try to go mega long. 50 miles is about the longest I seem to be able to train for without getting seriously injured. I’ll just have to take it slowly this year and not push myself too hard.
One of the main considerations of deciding to do the VT100 is the fact that I am still not fully recovered from the Furnace Creek 508. By not recovered, I mean that I have a lingering health problem as a result of the race. It’s a quality of life issue health issue that I am dealing with and not anything that is actually preventing me from being able to ride or do any physical activity. Without getting too much into details, let’s just say that I’ve lost feeling in certain parts of my body… Parts which I would very much like to get the feeling back. So until that feeling comes back, bike riding is off limits for me.
You can see the problem area that is causing my lack of feeling in my MRI. From what I am told, both sides of the image should be symmetrical. You can see a black spot on the right side, whereas on the left, a contiguous line appears. I have no idea what this part of my body is called. Perhaps if you are a neurologist or urologist stumbling upon these images you will be kind enough to offer your opinion. So in the meantime, until I get my feeling back, I will just be grateful that I already have children.