I’ve started my third week of training for SkyRise, the planet’s tallest indoor stair climb event benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where I receive rehab support and attend the fitness center. I’m able to participate in various adaptive sports through RIC including sailing and hand cycling. I know I’m pretty strong but I’ll be testing my upper-body strength in the hand cycle category using a stationary hand cycle calibrated for resistance and time to match the 103-floor stair climbing experience at the Willis (aka the Sears) Tower.
So I have a coach, or should I say drill sergeant, who keeps tabs on my energy output always asking for a little bit more. I’m not only pushing my hand-cycle for a minimum of an hour three days a week, I’m also challenging my muscles on the strength training (weights) machines and starting a new, yes restrictive, diet. Although I’ve always, in my estimation, been a healthy eater – training has taken it to a whole new level. My epicurean moments are now filled with vegetables of every hue, atmospherically high protein and grains, nuts and anything considered a complex carbohydrates. I’m never hungry, yearning for my next meal and overall I’m satisfied. “Carbo-loading” is now a phase which I’ve grown some affection. This concept entails using carbs as a power source, fueling my body an hour before the workout. My carb of choice is a cup of oatmeal. It seems to be working as I power through the multiple mile challenge feeling the completion of the course is totally possible. So far so good – but it’s only been two week!
Last Tuesday afternoon having completed a sweat dripping workout, I attended my meditation class and quickly slipped into a peaceful mode. I was surprised as I usually the thoughts of the day and what I need to do tomorrow poke at my impending solitude, taking me several minutes if ever, to find that tranquil spot. In debriefing this incredibly nourishing time, I had an “AhHa moment”. I’ve always heard there is a body, mind and spirit connection and now I was experiencing it. Who knew! Of course now I want more of it and will have to contemplate a way to make it happen.
So on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6th, I will be rising to the sky and thinking of the communion of saints, those gone before me and those here on earth, as I bring my mind, soul, and body together to support a good cause.
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My participant name is: Antoinette (Toni) Daniels