An intermediate update"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong..." -- Yvon Chouinard.
Ugh! Monday and Tuesday were harsh days. Monday, I ran out of time to complete my workouts. My son had a swim meet and when I got home at 9pm, I could not muster the enthusiasm to workout. Instead, I crawled into bed and had a restless night sleep. Tuesday morning, I awoke exhausted and my spO2 reading was an all-time low (88%; any level below 90% is dangerous). Damn! Just when I thought things were going well with my acclimation, I have a setback. Kathy even registered a low spO2 level (89%). Misery does like company but not this type of shared misery. We both felt crappy. Our resting heart rates were very high too (10-15 bpm higher than usual). Now the important part....we did not change the O2 levels in the tent; we remained at 9,000 feet for the past 10 days. My brother (Sean) recommended we sleep at normoxia (20.9%) on Tuesday night. He said we were probably battling a summer virus and that battle compromises our oxygen transport and resting heart rate. Bummer! I am tired.
To make matters worse, I bruised my foot running during my Sunday run on a rocky trail. A bruised foot is not much worry. I incur minor injuries all the time doing fun activities - bruised, blistered, and bloody is the norm but I bruised my left foot that was surgically repaired in 2006. I run in really lightweight running shoes and the soles are so thin that I feel every stone.
I am writing this update on Wednesday morning while sipping a cup of tea at Starbucks and enjoying my favorite cinnamon scone. Am I down? Heck no! I'm sailing this afternoon and that outing will help me shake this bump in the road. Chouinard was right; adventure requires adversity. My preparation for Everest will present me with many setbacks. What matters most is how I deal with these setbacks. The past few days were troubling but trivial in the long run.
Have a great day. Time for my day off. Ice, rest, and beer heal all ills.
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