Shifts in ones life can be subtle. Sometimes they are slowly revealed in a series of small changes over many weeks

, months or years. My journey as an endurance athlete was something like this. Other times

, the shifts can be dramatic and sudden. Such was the case when the phone rang on Wednesday, August 5th. That’s when I got the news that I’m now a cardiac patient, and need surgery.

I’ve known about my mitral valve issue for about 10-11 years and always knew that it would need to be addressed at some point in the future. But I thought that future would be a long way off, and beyond the point that my endurance sport career had ended. At my last physical, my GP suggested that the heart murmur sounded worse, and I should probably arrange for an updated echo test. On Monday I had the test, and my cardiologist called with the news on Wednesday.

Of course, this comes about two weeks AFTER I signed up for Ironman Lake Placid.

So my life-path has diverged and I begin a new chapter of my life. Got it.. I’m trying to go into this change as any in my life; buy learning, and reading and understanding as much as I can and they writing and talking and teaching about what I learn. I’m already starting down that path by getting involved with on-line groups and real-life folks, building a large team to get myself through this.

So this blog is likely to change up a bit, or may even shut down and be re-created in some other form. But I’m going to have to have some sort of outlet for this journey. Stick around for the ride.