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I was tired this week and a few times had a fear that I was actually not better and that I really did have chronic fatigue. By Wednesday I was so tired I had to block my diary off and take a nap. Not a regular occurrence for me pre- cfs. I was relieved to hear that my regular swimming partner felt the same as me and we had both swum that morning in very hot conditions. I was placated temporarily until I had a sore throat the following evening and started quietly freaking out again. I took some tablets as precaution and tried (unsuccessfully) to get an early night, but I woke up feeling ok...

This has been a great week. I did my first double training session in over 8 months. And I felt great! It is still surreal for me to feel so amazing all the time. To feel normal and have energy that I forgot existed! I know I keep harping on about it, but it really is such a transition, it is hard to believe how much a little snail could affect my daily performance.
I have also started to have fun again, enjoying the freedom of being able to do fun stuff that requires a little bit of energy that previously I was unable to do due to physical exhaustion as well as the fear of getting...

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Being away from home always makes you appreciate the things that make home yours, so much more.
3 weeks away with a team, traveling with like and unlike minded people is a long time. I have been back just under a week and I am so happy to be home. This is my first week back in South Africa since I received my Bilharzia diagnosis. I am still processing what that all means. There is a part of me that is still scared that Chronic Fatigue was the correct diagnosis, that in a few days, I will feel exhausted, listless and develop yet another low grade infection.

I have decided that...

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It has been an incredibly long week here in Congo with very little for most of the medical team to do as most of the teams had left to go back to SA.
I was unable to swim because they closed the pool which was sad. I managed to do two Pilates sessions and one strength testing session. I am well rested for re-starting a good training program next week when I get back.

We have spent loads of time waiting for queues, waiting for transport and waiting for things to start. Today is our final day and we spent half of it waiting for transport to visit the Congo River.
It was...

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“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson’ This is another insightful quote from Chris Bertish’s book, ‘Stoked.’ This is an incredibly relevant quote for the African Games here in Congo. I have been here for 2 weeks now and there is always some drama. Yesterday I witnessed a crash in the cycling in the 2nd of 12 laps. That was the end of the race for some of those cyclists which put extra pressure on the remainder of the team to try and perform with one man down so early in the race.

The soccer teams had a really tough draw. All the teams drew their games and so for...

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Being on tour, days and weeks mingle together in one big clump, so you don’t really keep track of time. It’s a bit like watching grass grow. Have you ever noticed the blades get longer as each day passes? It is only after some time that you realise you need to cut your lawn, or that there is finally some grass that previously wasn’t there. I find that the season I am in is a bit like that.

From the start of this journey, my psychologist and I have always discussed the importance of the journey and not the destination- it is a massive cliché, but so true and something I...

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My second training week has been very different from my first. It started off with me fighting a scratchy throat and high heart rate. By Wednesday I was getting restless and took my morning off to get in the water and swim an easy 1km.  I then went to join my training partner at the gym to do a medium gym session, but I found myself getting frustrated and left early.

It was another busy week work wise and I also had to prepare for my 3 week trip to Congo for the All African Games so there was a lot going on in my mind.
I had been battling to sleep due to the stress of the...

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This week has been my rest week and it has been good. Work has not played the rest game well with me though with me being fully booked for the last two days of the week with a waiting list.

My average heart rate was between 75 & 80ish which is rather high. On one occasion first thing in the morning on my way to work it was 93!

So the heart rate monitoring is working well for me. I am enjoying the specificity of it. My recovery sessions have been focused on keeping my heart rate below 130 which proved to be quite challenging during my gym session on Wednesday. I snuck in a...

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So I survived my first ‘official’ training week on my road to full training. I did a total of 3 training sessions and 2 active rest sessions and generally felt ok. I had 3 days of feeling completely exhausted, but managed to get through my daily tasks ok. My final session was a push doing a total of 1400m with the main set being 10 x 50m sprints. My rest was between 50and 90 seconds and the whole session took an hour! Considering my average swim pace for a long distance event is 15 minutes per km that was slow. But, I trust my doctor and team who are helping me conquer this burnout and so...

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 Today I did my first proper training session in 7 months. For most people it could hardly be called a training session. But for me, it was the start of an intentional and very specific training plan towards my goal of completing the Kawi channel crossing next year. I spent last week doing very little due to another sore throat and swollen glands. My doctor had reached her breaking point and spent 3 days researching how to get me better. She concluded that there was nothing that could be done for me medically anymore. I had to start training my mind and body for my marathon swim.

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