I am withdrawing from the World's Toughest Mudder
Some disappointing news to share. I am withdrawing myself from the World's Toughest Mudder. This is terribly disappointing to me, as I was really looking forward to competing at this event again, but I never want to push the limits when it comes to my personal health, not only for myself, but for my family.
For those of you who don't know, I have been dealing with what has been diagnosed as "Atrial Flutter". I have actually had symptoms for a couple years now, but I have been experiencing symptoms more and more frequent over the past year or so.
During this time, I have had nearly every test done, and I have been assured that exercise is fine, but if anyone out there has ever experienced an irregular heart beat, you will know that no matter how 'safe' you think you are, whenever it happens, your mind still becomes very focused on it.
Over the past several months, I have delayed a procedure that should 'fix' the problem (known as an ablation), because I have been told that I managing this condition can possibly be achieved through other means - staying hydrated, avoiding too many stimulants (caffeine, alcohol), avoiding stress, etc. I have done my best to try and manage this on my own, however, I believe that due to the nature of my WTM training, my symptoms are present more frequently. Not only that, but I don't believe that I could compete at my absolute best at the event with this condition.
So, for now, my focus is on taking a bit of time off from training altogether. I am going to reassess what my short-term goals are. I do plan on getting back to exercising in the near future, as exercise is so ingrained in my lifestyle now. I am in contact with one of the best cardiology centres in the country, and I will be booking my procedure so that I can get past this and get back to competing at these types of events again in the future.
Thank you for all of the support, I encourage you all to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle. If there is one thing that I have learned from all of this (all of my tests and exams over the past year and a half), is that a situation, such as the one that I am in, becomes far less 'dangerous' because I am in great physical shape.