16 Weeks Since My Heart Surgery

13 Oct

To start with this week,  a link to someone who has inspired me on my own journey to Ironman – Kyle Garlet.

Kyle Garlet – Heart Transplant to Ironman Hawaii

As Kyle puts it, anything is possible! This week, and for the last few weeks since I began training again, I  have had such incredible support from the Twitter community. From Kona athletes, age groupers and local women runners and triathletes, I had received the most lovely comments, all of which have spurred me on. I have been constantly reminded that my recovery has been quick and successful as I was back running after 12 weeks. Now, 16 weeks post my surgery, I am feeling great and excited about the future.

Reading and watching stories about the Ironman championships in Kona at the weekend, should be enough to motivate even the biggest coach potato! Or is it just me, with my obsession with all things triathlon and the magic of the race? The most heart wrenching stories emerge from race reports and sheer human effort is apparent in all cases. This week, I have shared my experience with someone who is about to go through similar heart surgery. I hope he has found it useful to chat about fears, expectations and returning to Ironman training. Remember, (my motto of the month) – anything is possible!

On Twitter, I set myself a October wish – to complete 6 miles in 60 minutes. So far, I’m not there with reducing my min/miles although I’m seeing an improvement on each run. Persistence and patience are required! I am so excited to observe my potential speed increase over the next few months and surpass any of my previous records.

Scar news: I have no red areas now and all seems healed. Soon, it will be a fine white line and much less obvious. I get a couple of stares but no more than the usual male ‘boob glance’!! :)

Thanks for reading!

6 Responses to “16 Weeks Since My Heart Surgery”

  1. runningfairy 13. Oct, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Corrine. I absolutely cannot believe you’ve had heart surgery 16 weeks ago. When I first started following you, I thought you had a heart defect from birth, I didn’t realise you had the diagnosis THIS year!

    Wow. Just wow. I know I said this to you earlier but it totally gives you a slice of perspective and brings you back in to the reality of what can be achieved.

    Yay you missy and fantastic news you feel so well. Really looking forward to reading through your blog and getting to know your writing better!


  2. admin 13. Oct, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you so much. Your comments are much appreciated! Corinne x

  3. jason cuthbert 13. Oct, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    If, sorry, when you complete your ironman in ’11 or ’12, I suspect that it will be one of the proudest moments in your life to date.

    But remember, 16 weeks ago you were in a serious situation.
    Just to be at the stage your are at this point is in itself an amazing show of ‘balls’ and undoubted courage.

    BE careful, and remember…the best things in life are free.


  4. bikerly 15. Oct, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Corinne, I keep checking in because I’m totally cheering for you. Just wanted to share that and I promise to keep my boob glances to myself :) Funny. Godspeed!

  5. Pamela 26. Oct, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Wow, Corrine, you are so inspiring! So glad I found your blog through twitter. I am following eagerly now to watch your journey.

  6. admin 26. Oct, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    Thanks Pamela! New post coming later today. Thanks for reading.

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