August 7, 2008
Do They Really Use As Much Blood As They Take?
Usually after about 6-8 weeks of very light training I've been able to come back and race cross in the fall with some success, but usually not feeling that well and very sporadic results. I still battle the symptoms and really am not able to train at the level I want because I am limited to the amount and intensity of training I can do without my body shutting back down again. The strange symptoms I have drive me crazy and are a real distraction discouragement since they remind me every day something is not right.
It's very difficult to sit at home and watch the seasons go by from the sidelines. It's hard to find motivation when my body does not respond at all to training and with no good sensations while training. I've taken out all the stops recently on discovering what is going on and have contacted two doctors at the top of the sport that have shown some interest in helping me resolve the issues. I'm really hoping some time spent with one of these guys might bring some sort of answer as to what could be causing my body to shut down like it does. It's slow going though, waiting for returned calls, sitting in the lab at the clinic giving blood, waiting a week for results, waiting for returned phone calls, waiting for analysis on reports, it gets very drawn out. Next thing you know it's September and you even wonder if it's worth trying it again.
So, that's where things are at here. I usually don't blog about what is going on because it's not very interesting and I can't imagine very uplifting for the reader. But, if your reading Tristan Schouten.blogspot it's because your wondering what I'm up to - and now you know.
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