It has been a busy and exciting couple of weeks. We have had the Dragon’s Back premier at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and last Thursday I had a further doctors appointment to discuss my heart stuff. I even managed to do some light running and cycling too.
I knew that Richard Heap and his team had collected a lot of footage but I didn’t know to expect from his final cut; and which of the many stories and characters would be included. As it turns out the race between Steve Birkinshaw and I featured in one of the narratives and it was frankly a bit bizarre to see myself up on the big screen and even stranger to hear myself. I was particularly impressed with the editing as it portrayed me as semi-articulate! It is difficult for me to be totally objective but I thought the film was fantastic and it picked up 3 awards at the festival. I just hope the footage inspires others to take on an adventure the way the other films that I saw excited me.
The Q+A session seemed to go well. There was as much interest in the logistics and legacy of the race as there was about the experiences of the competitors. I think this is only a good thing; one of the distinctive aspects of the race was the frankly mind boggling organisational feats achieved by Shane and all the marshals and I am glad this is being recognised. There were also questions about the health and recovery of the competitors and it was fare to say that Steve, Helene and I were all still feeling some after effects of the race.
I had a chance to discuss exactly how much the race had taken out of me when I had a meeting with the consultant last Thursday. The data the portable ECG had recorded over the weekend of the British Night Orienteering Champs gave quite a clear picture of what was happening with my heart. I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation / Tachycardia. We talked over a number of possible treatment options; including de-training, drugs or an ablation procedure. Having discussed these in turn it was clear, that the hospital procedure is be the best option for me based on my age, health, and continued competitive aspirations. I am penciled in to have the procedure in late April / early May. I feel fantastically lucky to have such a strong cardiology unit in Sheffield. All being well I will be able to walk out of the hospital on the day of the treatment and resume training a couple of days later.
One of the questions that I asked the consultant was what would have caused this problem and whether it was the DB that tipped me over the edge. His view was that I was disposed to suffering fibrillations at some point in my life and the DB might have accelerated this. In a way it was a relief to hear this and I am taking it as a positive – I figure it is better to try and fix this this now that I am youngish and fittish. I will be awake during the procedure and be able to watch the procedure on a monitor. From cinema to theatre; it is going to be a memorable few months.
One of the best things about ShAFF was watching the trailer on the big screen. Check it out (with the volume up) – I defy anyone not to want to go and play outdoors