Now that I'm recovering, I'm finally willing to admit that my illness was much more serious than I suggested. Originally told it was not H1N1 flu, later I found out the test was a false negative; add a strep infection and I had the flu with complications that were life-threatening for a couple of days. It's probable that if I hadn't developed an unusually high lung capacity from training I would've been put on a respirator at some point as my lungs filled with fluid.
Today I can walk a quarter mile before I have to stop and rest and I can make it up a flight of steps - but not if I'm carrying anything. I expect to run for the first time in 6 weeks at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.
I took down the poll about what I should train for next year because I may not be able to do any racing at all until late next year. It's going to be a long, long way back and I've considered retiring for good. I know everyone expects that I'm going to shake this off quickly and will be running some crazy race soon, but right now, I'm feeling pretty fragile.
Hope to see some of you on the trails before year's end. Just don't expect me to be up front.
Aid Station: Eugene Curnow
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