I’ve been sick with whooping cough for the past few months and thus my training has taken a back seat to getting healthy. Let me tell you, whooping cough is something I wish on no one. You can seem fine for hours and then suddenly (usually in the middle of the night) it feels like Dobby the invisible house elf is trying to strangle you… for a solid hour! The lack of sleep, the gasping for air, it’s maddening, and it’s said to go on for one hundred days… great…
As I’ve mentioned before, Matt is an expert custom bike builder who has taken on the challenge of welding me a running frame, even though neither of us has ever seen one. He asked me to take a trip up to Hope to check out his progress.
If it’s possible to fall in love with a machine at first sight, I am in love with my running frame. Matt and I still have a few kinks to work out. The progress I’ve made in walking with the walker over the past six months means that my core strength and balance is better than it’s ever been. This means that most of the measurements that Matt made back in November are now off, way off. I can reach further, support myself more, and have a longer stride than I’ve dreamed of.
Fortunately, Matt insists that because the running frame is steel, these are easy adjustments to make. Unlike aluminium, steel doesn’t need to be treated and thus we can pretty much make adjustments by hacking a piece off and starting all over again. Well, I’m sure Matt would say it’s a tiny bit more complicated than that, but you get the idea.
I’ve also been in touch with @HannahRDines who is a top class Racerunner as well as a Physiology student. She’s been amazing the past few weeks with answering questions nobody but a runner with CP can answer. She is awesome and it's been nice to share concerns with someone who gets it!
The plan is to get all the adjustments done Matt can make without me and get the running frame painted by the time I’m in Hope Valley at the end of the month. Then, every afternoon I’m in Edale for the writer’s retreat, I’ll head over to work with Matt.
Now for the most important bit: choosing a colour.