Tilly and I on our daily hackout 😍🐴 we’ve been training very hard in order to make significant improvements on our tests, etc. So it is has been VERY good for her brain and mine to ride out... need to decompress sometimes 😊
First time with a bar on my back 😅
Squats have always been the hardest movement for me as the weakness in the lower legs and ankle/foot instability make balance and depth a real challenge
Obviously the range of movement here is small and not a full squat but I’m really excited to get under a bar for the first time 💪🏼
This is one thing in the gym that I never thought I’d be able to do but it just shows what hard work and perseverance can do
Big thanks to @danrix1 for getting me to this point and @jordwebster123 for giving me a good base to start from 🏋🏼♀️
Tie Tähtiin -tapahtuma
Pyhällä ensi torstaina 28.3. klo 16.00-18.00!
Haluatko päästä kokeilemaan lumilautailua tai alppihiihtoa Paralympia urheilijoiden kannustamana? Haluatko päästä katselemaan ja kokeilemaan Para lumilautailun MM-mitaleja ja kuulemaan vinkit harrastusmahdollisuuksista? Kaikki tämä ja paljon muuta on mahdollista Tie Tähtiin -tapahtumassa Suomen Paralympia lumilautailu joukkueen kannustamana paikalla mm. Matti Suur-Hamari. Tapahtumassa on esillä soveltavan laskettelun ja alppihiihdon välineistöä SOLIA:n välinelainaamosta!
Ilmoittautumiset 24.3. mennessä https://link.webropolsurveys.com/EP/D726887D945966B8
Suomen lumilautaliitto, Kaikki Snoukkaa, Suomen Vammaisurheilu ja -liikunta VAU ry, Suomen Paralympiakomitea ja Solia. 📷: Kani Kärppä #tietähtiin#paraurheilu#paralumilautailu#parasnowboard#paraathlete#soveltavaliikunta#soveltavaalppihiihto
Often I hear people complaining that going to gym is hard. Takes too much time or is stressful. Basically there is as many excuses for not to take care of yourself as there is people
People dont realize that in the beginning traiming might feel like a torture but as long as you keep on pushing trough the pain and be terminated in the end the reward shall be great. There is no better feeling than the one that you have after workout when the endorfines kick in.
This statement is especially true with disabled people as a member of wheelchair people tribe I can tell from experience there is no shortcut to the top.
7 recovery miles in for the day. However, with the weather getting warmer, I need to practice a little more caution. On the second photo, you'll see a heart rate spike. My beta blockers stopped it, but it did affect the rest of the run. With the weather getting warmer, I'll be lucky to see high 8:50/mile due to my heart meds. With me running, it's a balancing act among going fast enough, avoiding my beta blockers from triggering, and keeping my balance. It's an optimization problem for sure.
Gym time in a bit... Spring break means work harder in my book
Rachel Maia (@rachelmaiaz) is a #paraathlete climber. Last year at World's-although she still had both legs, only one was usable. She is the FIRST New Zealand para-climbing athlete to compete at the Climbing World Championships, is a member of Climbing #NewZealand , trains under Rob Moore (@infinity_climbing), climbs with Taranaki Tuatara team,🏆& is a proud #Whanganui Mum!
A bit about Rachel:
After a climbing accident at 16, Rachel had chronic pain. Recently, she underwent a leg amputation. Her surgery made National News! I kept in touch with her following the procedure & she was so upbeat & fun to talk to!
On her accomplishments:
Rachel was the first ever NZ Athlete (Para or Opens) to make it in any international comp. "4th place in the World #Paraclimbing Championship," she puts in, "becoming the first ever New Zealander-able or disable-to make a #ISFC World Level Final."🧗♂️ Rachel competed in RP2, which means "Reduced Power. The 2 is because there are 3 reduced power categories." She explains. "1 is the most severe. 3 is the least severe. 2 is mid range impaired. But we really like to think of ourselves and more abled than disabled!" Rachel also won the Attitude Emerging Athlete of the Year 2018 Award!
What she's currently working on?:
"Training toward NZ Nationals May 18th. Surgery was Feb 18." She points out. "It will be a fight, but I can do it. I have qualified already for Japan World Champs in less than 6 months from my #amputation ." ____________
What drives her?:
"I am motivated by destroying my own expectations of myself... proving to myself & others that ONLY I GET TO CHOOSE who I am. I choose #historymaker , #athlete , #mother , #friend ; NOT cripple. I am good enough. We defy our own expectations of ourselves so that we are pushed not our limit.... but to the edge of our potential...." ______________
Advice for athletes:
"To the youth of our world... NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT to rent space in your head. You get to choose who you are ..... choose your own labels. BE EMPOWERED. Brave & bold. Defy your own expectations of yourself & of who you’re going to become."
96317 March, 2019
It was great catching up with Ryan Raghoo at Cyclopark yesterday, as the guest mentor for our Game Changers project, where he met our Team Leaders, Mentors and Mental Health Champions.
🇺🇸 What is a voice if it does not raise against injustice? When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. If the whole world would raise its voice, it would change the earth.
Venezuela is experiencing a serious humanitarian crisis, and in a country where the media has been muzzled, social media has given us a voice. •
Hashtag activism isn’t a cop-out. It has helped to raise awareness against brutal regimes, and has played an important role in the ousting of oppressors like Ben Ali in Tunisia, and Mubarak in Egypt.
Venezuelans are hopeful that a positive change is coming, but we need the whole world to raise its voice against the Maduro regime, and stop ignoring the just cry of a country suffocated by an intolerable crisis.
🇻🇪 ¿Qué es una voz si no se pronuncia contra la injusticia? Cuando el mundo entero calla, una simple voz es poderosa. Si el mundo entero levantara su voz, la humanidad cambiaría.
Venezuela está viviendo una crisis humanitaria y, en un país donde los medios de comunicación han sido amordazados, las redes sociales nos han dado una voz.
El activismo en las redes sociales no es un artificio. Ha ayudado a crear conciencia contra el despotismo y ha jugado un papel importante en el derrocamiento de opresores como Ben Ali en Túnez y Mubarak en Egipto.
Los Venezolanos aspiramos un cambio positivo, pero necesitamos que el mundo entero levante su voz contra el régimen de Maduro y que deje de ignorar el sufrimiento de un país asfixiado por una crisis intolerable.
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(2/2) It's #SpotlightSunday and we're learning about how Jeantique climbs with hEDS.
Jeantique has a several hypermobile neck, meaning it can rotate and tilt at extreme angles, causing a lot of neck pain. Her neck is weak and she can't tilt it all the way back without supporting it with her hands. This means she always needs to use belay glasses 👓!
As hEDS is a multisystemic condition, she also has dysautononic problems, such as dizziness, confusion, disorientation and being extra sensitive to light/sounds. She also has circulatory problems which can cause her feet to go completely numb, so has to take regular breaks and get the shoes off from time to time! Jeantique can struggle with bladder and gastrointestinal issues, and needs to have easy access to a bathroom and non judgemental climbing partners on these days!
Jeantique needs to take precautions to reduce the risk of injury. For example, she climbs wearing knee pads as her knees tend to slide around which is to be discouraged! Similarly, her warm ups can't be about stretching, instead she builds strength to improve stability in lax joints. Jeantique also doesn't boulder these days, as the risk of injury is too high, and committing moves like dynos are out of the question. Lots of bouldering is about becoming less scared of falling, but for Jeantique this would be quite dangerous! She adapts by using traverse/tunnel routes, or juggy routes close to the ground, but tends to stick to ropes these days.
Jeantique refers to climbing as her physiotherapy as it strengthens multiple muscle groups in a controlled, non-repetitive way.
We owe a big thank you to Jeantique for taking the time to share her experiences. If you'd like to learn more about life with hEDS, follow @chronically_jeantique, or for more on her climbing journey it's @jeantique_climbs.
(1/3: Jeantique is handing upside down from a boulder problem
2/3: A head shot of Jeantique, smiling, wearing mirrored belay glasses with blue rims. She is white and has long brown hair. She is wearing a burgundy t shirt.
3/3: A picture of Jeantique's feet. The balls of her feet are dark pink, but her toes are completely white from lack of circulation)
57817 March, 2019
(1/2) It's #SpotlightSunday ! For a few weeks we'll be focusing on some of the conditions our members climb with, to share tips and insight for climbers with similar conditions, and so other people can better understand the range of conditions we're working with. This week, @jeantique_climbs is sharing some info on hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
hEDS is a connective tissue disorder caused by collagen defects (a protein found throughout the body). It often causes hypermobility in large and small joints, soft, stretchy skin prone to bruising and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Jeantique often needs to adapt her climbing based on what her body is telling her. For example, she's been trying to climb without using her left thumb too much, as it's very flexible and prone to sprains/strains. When her knees are worse and she can't push up on them, she has to be creative in finding ways to do these moves without pushing her body too hard.
Jeantique needs to pace herself depending on her symptoms, as hEDS means she's prone to injuries, sprains and strains. This means listening to her body when she's feeling the burn, even when her mind wants to carry on! It also involves pacing herself belaying to avoid overworking her wrists, and frequently swapping between climbing, belaying and maybe lying down, as standing still for too long can cause her lower back pain.
1/3- Jeantique is sitting cross legged on a blue mat. She is of average height and build, has long brown hair tied in a ponytail and is smiling
2/3- A picture of Jeantique's legs. Jeantique has white skin, and has 14 bruises of various sizes across both legs!
It was great catching up with Ryan Raghoo at Cyclopark this afternoon, as the guest mentor for our Game Changers project, where he met our Team Leaders, Mentors and Mental Health Champions. What an ambassador!
Thursday (not pictured): 1.5 mile tempo run (8:30/mile pace), 7-minute recovery run, followed by 2 sets of long, medium, and short hill repeats at 10k, 5k, and mile paces, respectively, with cooldowns of jogs to the next hill start.
Friday (pic 1): 5 mile recovery/ progression run.
Today (pic 2): 8 mile endurance run, but with 60 degree weather... it was slow and controlled... much slower than my half marathon in 37 degree weather.
Pic 3: Me, dying, realizing I've done 25.2 miles this week. Glad tomorrow is an off day and the start of spring break.