Yesterday, I went to the doctor for an annual physical. I really shouldn’t call it an annual physical though since I haven’t had an actual physical in years – not since before college. Whoops. With Ironman training officially coming up, I figured that I should at least go in for a quick checkup.
In the years I have been lax in visiting the doctor they switched over to electronic records. This meant that I had to go through an entire medical history questionnaire. Pretty simple stuff. One of the questions sort of bothered me though. “Do you use alcohol?” What do you mean do I “use” alcohol? I enjoy a beer every now and then, but I wouldn’t say that I “use” it.
Any ways, the check up went swimmingly. I did notice that when the nurse took my resting heart rate, it seemed to take her a while before she finally put “60” into the computer. That actually seemed a bit high to me as my resting heart rate has always seemed to be around 50 when using my Garmin heart rate monitor.
When I finally saw the doctor, for all of 10 minutes, he said I was “the healthiest person he has seen all month.” How is that for a confidence booster? I was sort of disappointed by my doctor’s lack of attention and hurriedness to get through the appointment though. So, a question for all of you endurance athletes out there. Does your general practitioner understand endurance sports (running, triathlons, etc.)?? If so, how did you find one? I almost feel like a doctor who understood what I do would be more beneficial. Any advice you guys can give would be much appreciated.
So, you are probably wondering who punched me in the arm, right? Oh, you weren’t? Gee, thanks for not caring! haha. Well, I guess you could say it was the nurse who punched me – she was kind of butch. I had to get a tetanus booster because my last one was 16 years ago and you are supposed to get one every 10 years. Whoops again! The shot was painless, but now, a day later, my left arm feels like someone walloped me. The more I use it the better I feel, but after sitting at my desk all day, it has really stiffened up. I ended up skipping out on P90X today because it hurt every time I lifted my arm above my head. I was really hoping to get to the pool tomorrow to stretch it out, but at the current hour, it looks like the pool (and the rest of the city) will be closed in the morning.
If you are in part of the country that is getting hit by this storm, be safe out there! Hopefully you get a snow day and don’t even have to worry about going out in it.