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Old 01-01-2017, 06:21 PM
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As we embark on staying fit in 2017, let's remind ourselves that we're not out to win the so-called race. No. We're out to keep racing. Do what you can, when you can. Be active, stay fit, and keep exploring!

I already racked my first exercises of the New Year. 20 minutes of HIIT cardio training. 40 minutes of upper body strength. 20 minutes of stretching. Tomorrow I hope to get in my first ride of '17 on my arm trike.

I'm excited to hear how everyone is staying fit circa 2017. Post your updates here!
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:48 PM
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That sounds awesome [post removed]! I think your plan to walk/hike a few times a week in your local park in a solid one. It will help increase your cardio endurance. I might suggest some strength training as well, especially if you will be walking with equipment. Getting used to walking with weight on you is a good idea as well.

As for me, I am starting out the New Year all wrong on the exercise front. My ankle still hurts a fair bit and is in a brace for another 2 weeks so I have not been on the bike, walking, or strengthening anything. Excersice at this point consists of going up/down the stairs to my office several times a day and walking slowly around my house. I did go into the office for the first time since the accident yesterday and worked all day and attended a team dinner that night. That wiped me out so much I slept very well last night!

I have however signed up for 2 rides so far. The 6 Pillars Century in May and BikeMS in June. So I have some things to look forward too. Now if my ankle can go ahead and heal so I can get onto training that would be fabulous
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:35 PM
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Hi folks and thanks for starting that thread, Dave.

Last year's objective update:
[bragging begins]
  • 10k run early april (done and set a personal best: 39:32)
  • 21k run end of april (done and set a personal best: 1:27:39)
  • Ottawa combo, end of may: cycle to Ottawa (200k) on Saturday. Half-marathon on Sunday (actually did a triple with a friend: sat. 200k cycling to Ottawa, sun. half marathon, mon. 200k cycling back to Montreal)
  • A couple of sprint triathlons this summer (NO)
  • A 5km open water swim in August (NO)
  • A 50km (or 100km) grand fondo in July (my first grand fondo) (NO)
  • A 125km trail run in September (this is actually an MS fundraiser) (done: 22h39m)
  • Rest ;-) (DONE, finally! ;-)
  • Plus a 50km ultra-trail race in july.
[bragging ends]

I'm very happy of this year. This summer (july-oct) was very hard because of stiffness in my legs that caused injury in my achiles tendons. Now it's more heavy legs, numbness and tingling. Exercise is the drug that works best for me. If I get myself to go out and run or cycle things usually get better after 5-10 minutes. The only problem is that I unfortunately have to stop at one point :-)

This year, we'll see how my legs behave. I had two relapses last year: July and December both involving my legs and arms. Lesions found on my spinal cord. My neurologist wants me to switch DMT (I'm currently on Tecfidera).

I'm registered for the run portion of an extreme Ironman. The marathon finishes in a trail run up a mountain. Total ascent 4000ft. And I might do the 125km trail again, if my legs permit of course. And maybe the Ottawa half-marathon combo again, same 10k and half marathon in the spring.

I might do a 21km night trail run in the snow in a couple of weeks. I love it when it's cold, I hate it when it's hot because the symptoms come back. And thanks Dave for the advice on getting refreshed in the streams on the trail runs. It does help. The only thing to be careful about is to make sure the water you pour on your head doesn't drible down in your shoes as that would mean blisters.

My biggest challenge so far is being back to work (in September). Sometimes it feels that every day is a marathon as weird as it might sound. Fatigue and cog fog are my biggest issues.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:41 PM
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Yay, new year - new goals!

Dave, thanks for starting thread. Keep us motivated. My goal is to just get back into exercise with my new normal. I also am just beginning working again, and while it is a little overwhelming physically, I'm hoping it will lead to becoming stronger.

Dave- HITT definitely accommodates my poor endurance, but I haven't worked out a routine that on a machine or floor work that I can deal with now that I am weaker. What type of routine do you do for the HITT portion? What and how do you work the muscle groups and how long are your intervals and rest? What do recommend starting at?

I hiked some of the rim pre-ms and it was a life memory. When I was there the trail was narrow at times and balance/coordination was important. So your work with the snow board is perfect training! If balance is a concern for you, you can do extra training on a wobble board. My PT has me use both sides.

Ron, loved seeing your exercise agenda. Made me grimace because I don't have any. And I'm sure the best place for me to begin is to make one. So thank you for the spur of encouragement!

Marina, ouch.. sorry to hear about your foot. But I'm impressed it hasn't sidelined your bike goals. My hubby signed up for the MS 150 again. In prior years, he was sidelined or bad weather prevented full course. So hopefully this year he can complete it. He trains by doing local events and I mused about accompanying him for a small section of ride. I will look into renting a trike as one of you previously suggested.
Keep on! Suebee

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Old 01-12-2017, 12:10 PM
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Suebee, my HIIT work varies--I'll even do sprints on my trike. And, I am sure much to Marina's chagrin, it can be done with just your upper body, so folks with lower-body injuries are not exempt.

If I'm not on my trike, I'll go full blast on my stationary air/fan bike or flail my arms while seated. And by flail, I actually mean punch, double punch (both straight ahead and above my head), and a host of other movements (e.g., wood chop, shovel). The key is to go all out, as fast as you can. Yes, I do look funny.

After a warmup, about 5 minutes, I'll go as hard as I can for 30 seconds, rest for a minute or so, and then repeat. I do at least 3 cycles, and average 5 or more. Research says just 3 cycles has the same benefit of doing 45 minutes of cardio at a moderate pace.

FYI, when I am cranking my heart rate gets into the 130s or 140s, sometimes higher. It's hard.

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The weather was in the mid 60s Tuesday, so I put 10 miles on the trike. Today should be another great day. Sunday we may get snow, so I'll be out again in a few hours!
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Old 01-12-2017, 03:45 PM
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Hey Dave I will take whatever tips I can get - I am so antsy!

I need to try this "flailing". Sound similar to my chair dancing
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:02 PM
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Hi folks,

Here's an update on how things are going so far on the 2017 calendar.

Started the year well after I recovered from the last xmas relapse. I was not ready to do the winter run so my season started with the 10k run in april. It went well although slower than last year. Same for a regular half marathon in april: did well but a bit slower.

I cancelled most training and races planned in May because of another relapse. June was about cramming in some training for yesterday's race: the run portion of an extreme Ironman length triathlon (we split it in a team). Basically it's a very hilly trail and road marathon that finishes on top of a mountain. Total ascent 4000 feet.

DONE!!!

The road portions went very well where I was even passing runners. I struggled quite a bit in the technical trail sections. I didn't suffer from the usual blurry vision (that's great) but it feels like the visual processing speed that is very slow: the time it takes to process the terrain and tell my feet where to go is way too slow to trust myself running on trails with rocks, roots, mud, etc. But that's ok. I'm very glad I'm done especially getting back to normal after the last relapse that affected my legs.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:59 PM
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Ron, that is great that you are out there running! I'm glad to hear about your accomplishments. Thanks for posting it. You can improve processing speed with practice!
Your OT or PT can give you exercises to improve visual processing of images or movement. But doing Wii games that require motor control or balance will be similar. As is a video arcade shooting gallery. If your vestibular function is off, there are also exercises to "desensitize" it. The brain is amazingly able to rewire. Keep running!
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:26 PM
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Thanks Sue. Great advice regarding training.

The vision has been better this year than before. My vision was often blurry especially on runs when my body heats up. I think the blurriness was just that the image signals were coming way too slow. It felt like if I was running and getting a flickering or choppy image. Instead of getting 24 or 30 frames per second, I felt I was getting only 6. On Sunday, even if I was hot, I didn't feel the blurriness but was not confident enough to run on technical trails where I have to avoid rocks and roots. I'll try to look for exercises as you mention (I don't have a Wii) or see if I can consult with a specialized PT or OT.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:47 PM
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Quick update - things are going well for me - on the bike about 4 days a week, walking an hour 2-3 days a week, a yoga class a week. I have now had both of my Ocrevus infusions and glad that weirdness is behind me!

Looking in my closet the other day I realized I have a new with tags women's XL active MSers bike jersey. I usually take a women's L and knew this would be tight so sized up. If there are any ladies out there that would normally take a women's M (and have a B/A chest size) and want it please let me know. It is a beautiful jersey and I will be happy to send it to another active MSer.
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