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Antibiotics, Racing, Moving Forward

I completed my 10 day stint with antibiotics about a week ago while out in California and I'm excited to say I'm progressing back to normal.  This feeling of normalcy means one thing, back to training and attempting to reach my goals for this season.

Timberman is in less than 3 weeks and there is no way Ill be ready to compete.  I probably could finish the race but I have zero interest in finishing a race.  On a positive note, my Dad and I will be competing in the Smith Point Sprint in one week.  My Dad is in great form and we are looking to make a statement.  I'm personally excited for the out-and-back bike course and its potential for speed. I do have plans on racing a 70.3 this season but when and where is depending on how quickly and efficiently I can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

IM Lake Placid was over a  week ago and I stayed up until midnight to watch the last racers cross the finishline. Usually the highlight of the night are those late nite finishers cr…

The RESULTS are in . . .

I have tested positive for BABESIOSIS.  
Ummmmm, what?
According to the CDC, Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. Most human cases of Babesiainfection in the United States are caused by the parasite Babesia microti. Occasional cases caused by other species (types) of Babesia have been detected. Babesia microti is spread in nature by Ixodes scapularis ticks (also called blacklegged ticks or deer ticks). Tickborne transmission is most common in particular regions and seasons: it mainly occurs in parts of the Northeast and upper Midwest; and it usually peaks during the warm months. Babesia infection can range in severity from asymptomatic to life-threatening. The infection is both treatable and preventable.
I was assured by my doctor that babesiosis is treatable so I'm now taking two different antibiotics for the next 10 days.  One of the antibiotics is a pill to be taken once daily and the other is a neon yellow liquid to be taken twice daily.  …