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Discussion: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

Subject: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Tuesday February 14, 2012

Message: I signed up for the Galveston Lone Star 70.3 a long time ago through my tri team for a really good price. Tomorrow is the last day to w/draw for partial refund. I know I should not even be entertaining this thing but yet...I am! Part of me does not want to mess w/ it knowing the run will be mostly a walk, it will probably hurt and my time will be the max they allow but then the other part of me says go for it...it will be my last long one for quite a while so what the heck? stupid? yes, i know but i guess I need to hear about others who have had to finally say "no" and let the race and the money go.

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Paul P.

Written on: Tuesday February 14, 2012

Message: Mary,
I like you have major hip issues and i had a "replacment" BHR 3 years ago. My running is very limited but I never withdrew from a race. Trust me walking the run you will still beat many people that are "running". I finished IM LP 5 months post surgery and walked the entire run with my longest run for training was chasing the ice cream man. GO for it you will regert not trying!!! and Finishing which you will!!!!!!!!!!!

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Wednesday February 15, 2012

Message: Wow Paul - thank you for this....you had a replacement? You have definitely peaked my curiousity. What type? what was your diagnosis? how old are you? Do you run at all - even short? what does most of your training involve?
Thanks again.
Mary

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Paul P.

Written on: Saturday February 18, 2012

Message: I was 41 when i had a Birmngham "resurfacing" website below

http://www.rediscoveryourgo.com/Pr oduct.aspx?Product=BirminghamHip

It was secondary to arthritis ( injury and just got worse) I do run but not really that much I can I just feel it is not really that neccessary I have completed 3 IM since not fast but still finished. I really focus on the bike, swim a little, run less but it works for me.
Any help i can offer let me know

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Sunday February 19, 2012

Message: Paul
I sent you a PM to get more info on what you had done and other questions. Thanks
Mary

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Jamie B.

Written on: Sunday February 19, 2012

Message: Paul don't forget to mention you stopped along the course to high five and hug Jamie B who was injured and walking the race too.

For me I knew it would be the last IM I did for a long while maybe ever. So even though I was having all kinds of knee issues and hardly able to run leading up the race I decided to do it and finish. I got thru most of the first lap on a good walk run but coming back to town I was unable to bend the leg at all in a run motion. I decided the best thing to do was get out of town and stay on course. The further I got from town the harder it was to quit. I was lucky enough to hook up with another guy who was having the exact same problems with his knee. We hiked it in together and became pretty good friends. My run split was almost identical to my bike and nowhere near what I had done in the past or what my abilities said I could do. It was one of my best moments finishing in front of my and Sarah's whole family and my best friend and his wife up there too. Sometimes it isn't about your finish time or your splits but what you overcome to get to the line. It took me 2 years of PT and various other treatments on my leg as well as a few trips to the VA hospital but I am running again and still more proud of my 13 hour IM than my 4:20 mile!

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Sunday February 19, 2012

Message: Mary, what did you decide to do?

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Paul P.

Written on: Monday February 20, 2012

Message: Jamie Hope all is well with you and Sarah, was on an ONTRI sabatical for a while...... Just started training for LP and NYC this year ( not to swift I know) Talk soon P

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Monday February 20, 2012

Message: Teri
did you get my PM? I went to the doc again last Fri and they did another x-ray. He said I was pretty much bone on bone and am probably looking at a replacement. I am back to limping again. I am so bummed about it all and have not made a decision yet - it is a big one and I am very nervous about it all. I hate the thought of giving my sport up.

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Patricia M.

Written on: Tuesday February 21, 2012

Message: Dear Mary,
I've been last in a lot of races, but I've never been sorry I did them. I do my best, enjoy the moments, and plug away. Sometimes our best is what we bring to that particular day and not what we used to be or what we will be in the future. If it takes you longer, you can always just remind yourself you are getting more enjoyment for your investment :-) I would say go for it. Patricia

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Paul P.

Written on: Tuesday February 21, 2012

Message: A few things I went to like 5 Doc's who said I was not a canidate either as I was bone on bone also. If yuo want send me an e-mail to ppower@nshs.edu and i can send you a pic of my x-ray. What i found is that Doc's that are not "that good" at BHR tend to shy away and say it is not good. It is a personal choice and you have to do a lot of research. I do not regret it one bit form day of surgery to IM was 5 months and I was in the best shape of my life at that point, actually being able to ride a bike without sitting upright was amazing. One thing I found in my research especcialy in women is bone density is sometimes an issue, so this is something you will need to research further.
Like I said I anything I can do to help, let me know. I feel your pain trust me.

Paul

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Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Jim K.

Written on: Wednesday February 22, 2012

Message: Are you kidding me? My first IM was acually the 4th one I signed up for!!!!! Life gets in the way.......forget the money...it's a sunken cost. Gone no matter what (assuming the partial refund period is over)......It's a long life...there will be others..listen to your body...it's a marathon, not a sprint!!! Hope you feel better.

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Thursday February 23, 2012

Message: Paul
I sent another PM to the above email. It is long - sorry.
Mary

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: Mary C.

Written on: Thursday February 23, 2012

Message: By the way, I decided to with draw from the short du this weekend and the 70.3 April 1st. I am going to New York City to spend spring break w/ my daughter and did not want to hurt myself so not to be able to walk and not enough time to properly train... not to mention I am currently lacking the motivation I need to complete a race...it is Lent and a great time for me to reflect on what is really important in my life - I am going to devote my time to figuring out what I can do to get back to my sport and if this is what I am supposed to do. Thanks for all of your encouragement.

Subject: RE: Has anyone ever had to withdraw from a race?

By: ian d.

Written on: Thursday February 23, 2012

Message: Mary - commiserations on the decision, and the prognosis ...

I saw a consultant just before Xmas - you may recall we chatted briefly here about various hip orientated issues previously. I'm down to 1 mm clearance on my right hip joint... and 2mm on my left!

He sent me packing with a "you are still young, healthy and active so do what you can. We'll chat again some day, hopefully later rather than sooner". He added however that come the day when i receive new hips/or possibly what Paul's treatment sounds like, there will be NO running for me.

Until that day... I'm back running - if you can call it that - again, but I keep it to a max of 30 minutes because TBH I am scared of damaging myself "somehow". Tho I am back in proper training now and loving it, for some sprints this year and hopefully a 4 mile sea swim around Brownsea Island off the south coast of England.

Stay well, and do what you can.

Didds

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