I can’t help but get so excited about my new road bike, and each mile I put on it translates to more appreciation and love for it. For me, it’s not just a new bike; it’s an investment to my health and a celebration of my personal growth.
When initially diagnosed with cancer, I thought that treatment would be the worst part. However, the worst part actually came after. Following cancer and treatment, my body just hasn’t been the same. My strong immune system turned weak; I developed temporary alcohol intolerance and sensitivities to foods I once loved; my anion gap got so high, my body went into ketoacidosis, and I was losing weight rather rapidly despite eating full meals. My energy levels plummeted, and getting through a bike ride without getting sick was rare. I was going to the doctor more and more. It was incredibly frustrating trying to get “healthy again” like I used to be. I’d get so discouraged that despite adopting better and healthier habits, my body just wouldn’t cooperate... until one day I realized, I may never be quite healthy the same way again. All I can do is my best to fuel my body, nourish it, and tend to it right, no matter what condition it is in. That’s why I decided to do a triathlon: my body endured more than I imagined capable; I persevered through cancer, treatment, and post treatment, and with all that behind me, I know I can persevere through my first triathlon too! I stopped making excuses and focusing on my setbacks, and I’m happy with my small (and often slow) gains.