One of the problems that lead me to the decision to train for a triathlon was the result of high blood pressure back in February. I had it under control for the longest time, but this morning it was ranging back into the hypertension scale. Granted this could be because I had stopped monitoring it as much or I ran out of medication and had kept forgetting to get it filled for a couple of days. Whatever the reason is, its time to go back to the doctor and have a sit down. I have not told him my training ambitions and it is time I discuss them with him. I am just afraid I will be told to chill it out, do less. But, I have seen after some deep Google searching that quite a few older triathletes use medication for blood pressure and they still compete and train. I am hoping this will be the result for me.
Regardless, I know I have not been monitoring my pressure for the last 3 weeks (it was reading fine then) and I have missed a day or two of medicine and I have not been as strict with my diet, mostly my salt intake. So, its time to get everything in order and get cranking. Still six months to go till my first triathlon and I am sure once I get everything in alignment it will all be good again and I will be back on track. Good thing is next week is a recovery week, so its reduced effort. The wife does not think I should finish my last two run sessions of the week till I see the doctor, even though she is conceding my open water swim plans on Saturday and I still get to volunteer on Sunday.
Between the diabetes and the blood pressure things are never easy. One odd thing I am worried about is that the doctor will look at my weight and think I have not lost any fat. I have lost 4+ inches off my waist and I sink like a cinder block in the pool now. Obviously I have become more dense in the last 3 months. I am hoping the doctors visit goes well on Tuesday and he will work with me to get things figured out so I can continue towards my goal. Til next time and hopefully with a better prognosis.