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Ohh Debra - I loved my Windows phone, but I switched to a droid about a year ago now - there is so little being done on Windows now - its going to dry up and drop off!
SS that site can be very frustrating, please come up north for some running its really grim but super friendly (and not so many laps )
Hmm these folk are a bit lappy at times:-
So you will have to join this back together to get to it
Well, my Comrades 2019 ambitions have been somewhat blown
away! I finally got to see my cardiologist for a full 30 minutes consult this
morning. Not very good news, but not really any surprises. My ‘severe’ aortic valve leak is, as I had suspected,
confirmed to be probably just the symptom of the more threatening associated problem,
which is quite advanced aortic root aneurysm.
At 52mm it’s approaching the 55mm threshold at which she confirms they will
recommend rather major surgery. The
time frame for that is as yet unknown as they don’t yet have a starting
benchmark to indicate how long/fast this has been developing. To that end there
will be more heart MRI’s etc. in the next few months, and continuing regular
follow-up. In the meantime more work
will be done on finessing blood pressure meds.
What a Papworth ‘commuter’ I’ve become!
On the upside, she strongly encourages me to keep exercising
generally and also running shorter distances while being sure to carefully limit maximum heart rate (correlated
partly to blood pressure). This is at least until the revised meds settle down
and they then do a treadmill test to check if BP is adequately controlled during exercise. So, while I will try to
maintain very modest mileage, I need to limit HR so much that even if I do manage
to re-develop some stamina I’m unlikely to safely manage a good enough pace for
a sub 5 marathon. Further upside is that she says scuba diving, like my recent
liveaboard week on the Red Sea, is OK.
Sorry about all that boring non-running detail - I still
plan to be at Comrades 2019, although almost certainly as a mere supporter. More scuba diving will likely follow while there
– that hardly moves my heart rate much above resting rate!
Hi Terry, whilst that is not good Comrades news, I'd say it is a huge wedge of advancement and puts you on a much clearer and safer path to a good resolution, although that looks some way off. Really looking forward to seeing you in 2019, if not before. I can see you are already being positive about the way ahead, that's the way to stay, this all looks very fixable, whilst it limits you to a non-Comrades campaign for now I am full of hope that post resolution you will be making a comeback and joining us back on the road between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Aha! Stymied a good fake news article by being blindsided with my own predicament - of course there should have been a third tranche for that! No cynicism really Terry they have sussed that if people can afford the travel and accommodation they must have a few quid knocking around so make 'em pay!
Maybe they are reflecting on what happened last year with the "surprise" early sell-out and the cry from the sluggish people who hadn't gone for it yet. That late crowd probably contained some key people they really wanted to run it. If they do introduce any rules I think they are going to have to think about not restricting people who are already on their green number journey and they certainly won't want to disrupt "worthy" newcomers, back to backers, internationals making big money commitments... I think the only thing we can all do is get in there the second any route to entry is made available. There's probably a lot of people watching what's going on.