Hi folks, welcome!
After completing (not wonderfully, but finishing anyway, though I lost my bet of a crab dinner to Greg who had a great race) the Eagleman Half Ironman last weekend, I went to the Cleveland Clinic for my 6 month checkup. All is well, in spite of concerns about cycling adversely affecting the stent graft extension that was installed about 6 months ago – so now to prepare for the 2014 Mont-Tremblant Ironman, in August, to see how Rupert handles that.
Life is good as I’m back in training!
This blog exists as a result of my self-diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm, and associated Cook Zenith stent graft, Rupert. This is an update on how well Rupert is performing.
After displacing the left arm of my stent graft in the 2013 Worlds Half Ironman Championships in Las Vegas (we saw the Cirque du Soleil show, ‘O’ that was literally amazing), I faced a necessary repair. This took some time to set up, resulting in my being enrolled in a clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic. A successful surgery fixed my stent in December, 2013. However the necessary extension of the stent raised concerns about the safety of cycling – the extension comes closer to my hip joint, so excessive hip flexion and motion could cause trouble.
I sought advice from many sources, including the SlowTwitch Triathlon Forum site, receiving some valuable feedback from all over the world. I finally elected to (1) ride my Guru, which was designed by Victor of Bicycle Lab, to minimize hip flexion, (2) to avoid using aerobars, and (3) to ‘hope for the best,’ as I got on with my training.
The best appears to have happened, and thanks to so many people I’m back in my favorite sport, Ironman Triathlons. Not fast, but back out there.
Oh! Yes! And my first paperback book came in while I was off on the trip, entitled, ‘Aortic Disease From The Patient’s Perspective,’ so if you are interested in a purchase,
I’m giving away 10 free copies to the first people to send me their mailing address – #1 earmarked for Michelle, now there is only 1. Or you can buy a copy via this website.
Kevin aka FitOldDog