Now That The Flu is Gone, The BenGay Adventures Begin Again

28 Feb

The coughing. The aching. The overall feeling of crappiness that came with two weeks of the flu sidelined my athletic endeavors. No workouts. No biking. No running. No push-ups. No downward dogs. And the only stretching I did was for the remote control. For the most part, it was just a whole lot of nothing and with that I got thrown off the athletic wagon.

But I’m back.


Photo by James Hamilton.

I’ve been DayQuil and NyQuil free for three days, and I think my muscles are ready to attack my fat. It’s been building so this is going to be a battle considering my muscles have been on the bench and my fat became stronger. So I had to come back big. There was really no other way around it. And even though I still have a hatred for running unless there’s a purpose (you know I can’t run just for the sake of running) both of the challenges definitely involve running or at least a running motion. One is on wheels. The other is up stairs.

Now I never thought I would participate in something that would require a mouth guard and wrist guards. I don’t even know what wrist guards are, but I’m sure Sports Authority will … it’s like the mecca of sports equipment. And apparently I need both of them. I’m embarking on my first roller derby adventure this weekend and seeing how gravity is always trying to bring me down and cause chaos, I’m a little concerned about just getting on the track. I haven’t skated since elementary school, but I’m confident that my instructor Suzy Snakeyes will assist me in not being thrown over the rail accidentally or on purpose. I figure since it’s a beginning class that sort of thing happens until the third or fourth session. Stay tuned I’ll let you know how that little adventure panned out.

If I survive this session on wheels, I’ll move on to my other challenge. Something a little more daunting. I normally don’t use words like daunting, but for this it’s required. I won’t need a mouth guard or wrist guard for this one, but maybe I’ll need a Costco-sized amount of Ben Gay when I’m done. It’s called a climb, not so much a mountain or hill but more like 1,391 steps … 63 flights of stairs.

Now when I saw this online, I didn’t quite picture it in my head. All I thought was “sounds like a lot,” but I thought I’d be all right. I have BenGay and IcyHot. I’ve got my New Balance. I also got an iPod with plenty of tunes. I thought I’d be all right with that, but then I saw it. The building . I drove across the downtown skyline and saw it. I thought Holy Crap! This is not a building, it’s a skyscraper. I’m gonna need “Eye of The Tiger” blaring through my headphones if I’m gonna make it to the top of this one. How am I going to prepare for this monstrosity?


Fight For Air Climb

I mean what would posses me to take on such a challenge? Something new? Something different? Yes, and yes. But mainly it’s for my dad. It’s called the Fight for Air Climb and it’s sponsored by The American Lung Association. The climb helps raise funds for lung disease, and many of you know that my dad passed away almost two years ago from Interstitial Lung Disease. I think about him every day and thought this would be a great way to honor him … raising money for  research and helping to find a cure so nobody else’s dad passes away. So far my family and friends have been very supportive and Team Guat is on track to reaching its fundraising goal. I wasn’t aware of this race, but once I knew, I had to get involved. I think I might do this one every year, but stay tuned. It’s a pretty ginormous building, we’ll see how this turns out. I might have to buy more BenGay than anticipated. Do they make anything bigger than Costco size?


8 Responses to “Now That The Flu is Gone, The BenGay Adventures Begin Again”

  1. TBM March 1, 2013 at 3:30 AM #

    What a great way to honor your father. I wish you luck and hope you don’t have to use too much Bengay. I kinda like the smell of the stuff. Ooops, didn’t mean to write that.

    • The Guat March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM #

      BenGay is not too bad. I don’t mind the smell but can’t say the same for other in the house. Apparently I smell too medicated 🙂

  2. bgddyjim March 1, 2013 at 4:20 AM #

    Wrist guards are simple enough – they go on like the carpel tunnel wrist braces but have a piece of plastic that runs from the low forearm to the palm of the hand – if you fall the tendency is to brace with your hands. The wrist braces keep your wrists from bending and absorbing the blunt force of the fall – this keeps them from snapping. Very handy items in a roller derby. Have fun!

    • The Guat March 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM #

      Thanks I finally found them and needed assistance putting them on the right way. And you were right they were very handy items 🙂

  3. rommel March 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Man, I want to have a flu for one day during working days. Then, I can blog all day. 😀 I never get to figure out how to skate, ski or roller blade.A thousand and 3 hunds steps, good luck! I’ll see on top when I drive there. Ahihihi

    • The Guat March 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM #

      Yeah I’ll make it there eventually, might not be first but just trying not to be last 🙂 I’ll let you know how it went.

  4. Island Traveler March 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

    Your story motivates me all the time. Your passion for life and family shines through with each post. I’m happy for you that you started exercising again and venturing into another exciting challenge.

    • The Guat March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM #

      Thanks so much for the compliment. Sometimes I don’t feel very inspiring especially when I’m down in the dumps. The flu was tough on me, but I’m glad it’s gone. So yes … definitely hoping that my adventures help make up for lost time. 🙂

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