Friday, 21 April 2017

Preliminary list of expected and unexpected occurrences relating to my new hearing aids

Last week, I finally bit the bullet and was fitted with my first set of hearing aids. Some things I was prepared for; other I wasn't. Here are a few of the things that have stuck out over the last week!
  1. Within minutes of leaving my appointment, I had the itchiest ears I've ever had in my life. I basically wanted to scrape the inside of my ear with a tiny rake. It's weird, because I've never had this problem with earphones but BOY did my ears itch. I've got over it now but it was unbearable for a couple of hours!
  2. When wearing hearing aids do not try to shove earphones in as well...

Monday, 17 April 2017

This is how it feels when nothing feels right

The rushing, whining, shrill, clear ring sweeps round your head, dives through your ears, meets in the middle with a sonic boom that resounds in your skull, that shatters bone, that forces out energy and draws it back in; it cycles; swirling, whirling around; your constant companion, a familiar gaoler.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Left shoulder update

Lately I've been pushing my luck a bit with my left shoulder. After a string of injuries I could barely lift my arm at the end of last year, but an onslaught of determined and possibly foolish attempts to make it function better means that I'm now doing quite a bit better. Once I'm warmed up, I'm fairly good at lifting my arm above my head. Before, I couldn't get my hand to shoulder height, so this is a good development. I'm not fully in control throughout the range of motion but at least there is now a range to speak of!
I love this! Credit

At some point in January I started trying to do handstands. This didn't go so well - at that point, I couldn't lift my arm enough to start safely from standing, so I'd go into push-up position and get someone to walk my feet up for me. Every single time - without fail - I would get so far then my left shoulder would suddenly buckle. It was so frustrating because it wasn't especially painful - it was as if moving the joint beyond a certain point or putting it under a certain amount of pressure just flicked the 'off' switch and it would collapse.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Dressage Anywhere competition

Recently, I took part in my first ever 'Dressage Anywhere' competition. They run a number of different classes each month and all you need to do is video yourself at home and upload your video to the website with your entry form, the idea being that you can enter from pretty much anywhere in the world without having to leave home.
Each month from September-March there is an RDA competition, with each of these acting as qualifiers for the RDA Dressage Anywhere Championship, which takes place in April/May each year. The last chance to qualify is March of that year, and you have to have uploaded your video by 31st March - so when I found out about it with only ten or say days left in March I had to get my skates on!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sun's out guns out!

I've not posted much about wheelchair racing lately, mostly because nothing very exciting has happened. I haven't had any races, I haven't had had any noteworthy training sessions, and it's all been rather 'same old, same old'. However, there's a lovely shift that happens after the clocks change. The evening sessions become so much lighter, so instead of starting in darkness we finish, just about, in daylight! It makes me feel more energetic and gives me such a boost. One of the best feelings in the world is getting out in the chair and pushing as hard as possible in short sleeves - it just feels so liberating.
This month I really need to start training a bit more intensively. I have a 10k at the end of the month and a series of track races from May to July, and I've taken my foot off the pedal a bit to make space for riding. By this time last year, I'd already done two half-marathons so there's a bit of catching up to do to get fit. Just getting out has felt difficult since I moved further away from Cambridge in October - there aren't as many flat places round here, and no track or decent stretch of traffic-free road surface! Today, then, I celebrated the Easter holidays by going for a wheeling session along the Cambridge Busway.