Well, I’ve done it. I’ve worked out for a week straight. Granted my workouts were only walking along the beach but, hey, I got ’em done! Recovery from a Pulmonary Embolism is rough.

It’s a slow road back from a Pulmonary Embolism.

I’m getting there one day at a time 🙂 And while I get there I’m taking fun video along the way, so enjoy this Week 1 recap.

Today is a good day!

 

 

PS. My face looks awesome in the still Youtube is using for this video

 

Just me and my bestest buddy, my inspiration spirometer (IS). Right now I can hit somewhere in the 2,000mL range for volume of air inspired. While in the hospital I was told typical lung function is around the 3,500-3,750mL mark. My IS has markings up until 5,000 and it looks like it can go up to 5,250 or 5,500mL. I plan to max this baby out by the end of February.

I’m currently 3ish weeks removed from discovering my Pulmonary Embolisms and 2ish weeks removed from having 1.5 Liters of Pleural Effusion drained. When I was given my IS I couldn’t break 500mL for the first few days. As the inflammation around my lungs and heart goes down and (hopefully) some blood clots break up in my lungs (or at least my blood is figuring a way to go around them) I’m slowly able to inhale more and more air into my lungs. I’m going to crush this thing!

I can inhale! Today is a good day.

This is my second post in a string of posts about my recent pulmonary embolism (PE) and the resulting health issues I’ve encountered. If you’d like to read the first post, which is all about what sent me to the hospital, what needed to be done in the hospital, and what I needed to do to get out, you can click here.

This post is going to be an in-depth look at what exact health issues I had, how they made me feel, and why they made me feel that way. I always hear about people feeling a certain way and using webMD or some other internet source to sleuth out what they might be experiencing. This will be my attempt at explaining, from my own experience, what these medical issues feel like. It won’t be pretty. Read More

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When you “Google” Pulmonary embolism this is the image you get. I’m obviously not the target market… just sayin’.

My name is Nick and I have pulmonary embolisms. I actually have multiple pulmonary embolisms, at least 6 per lung, this is known as bilateral pulmonary embolisms. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the veins inside my lungs. The doctors don’t know how or why I have them.

I’m basically the model for a healthy lifestyle too. I have no family history, thus far all my tests are coming back negative, I have had no lifestyle circumstances recently that would attribute to clots and I live the exact opposite of a sedentary lifestyle. I’m a former professional triathlete who still trains 2-4 hours/day, 7 days a week and eats really healthy.

I’m also 32 years old (technically I started feeling the symptoms of these clots a few days before my birthday when I was 31!) putting me on the extreme end of the age span for someone who could or should have a pulmonary embolism. Right now I’m an anomaly. Read More

6 things I’ve learned from coaching

I haven’t been around here in a while so I’m going to start the engine back up again with a lesson in humility. I’ve been racing and coaching for a while now. Over the last few years of coaching I’ve shifted my focus from a 50/50 split of prioritizing my success AND athlete success to a primary focus on my athletes. While I’ve continued to train and race it’s definitely been at a lower level and more as a release than about finding peak performance.

During this time a number of lessons I’ve learned while coaching has grown and a number of key points have really stuck with me. A few of these key points hit on how wrong I’ve gotten some things in the past. Enjoy the 6 things I’ve learned from coaching most recently. Read More

F you.

No not that one, the other one. Focus. If one of the most important things holding triathletes (and all athletes) back is a lack of patience then, in my opinion, the second most important thing holding them back is focus. You need focus to complete a workout, to know when to rest, to plan a season and to do anything in life really. If you can’t focus your goals, your attitude, your attention or your energy you’re go nowhere fast.

I’ll start with an example of myself Read More

Go with the flow.

I’ve got the lines Easy days easy and Hard days hard tattooed on my wrists. So what does that mean to do that? In my mind its about going with the flow. Read More

Well I’ve been training back home now for a couple of weeks. My time in Poway seems like a distant memory as I look outside and see Richmond blanketed in a freshly fallen snow the last few mornings. I miss 65 degree training runs quit badly right now. But this makes me tougher damnit….

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Trail running behind the house

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Warning: Hard squad workouts will shock the system!

Two weeks of camp have gone by now. The shock of really hard workouts around a pile of amazing athletes has worn off and now I’m fully entrenched in the grind known as off-season training. As I’ve worked a lot on my first two lessons of commitment with no excuses I’m started to work on my 3rd biggest lesson of camp now: relaxing. Read More