|Posted by kevinhosea on July 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM|
It has been quite a while since I last had much to write about so I wanted to update everyone about what has been going on with me and sports. This past year has definitely been more about me coaching than focusing on my own sports but that hopefully will change back to be more balanced. I still will be coaching a lot but I plan to renew my focus on my own sports.
This past winter, the majority of my time was spent coaching the Windy City Warriors junior wheelchair basketball team. It was a lot of fun and we had a successful season. When I had the time, I was working out at the gym lifting weights and swimming. I was also rostered with and practicing weekly with the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls basketball team. I unfortunately only got to play in 1 game with them though this past season due to them and the Warriors having tournaments on the same weekends most of the time.
Back in December, I told myself that I was going to start training harder in January so I could focus on my triathlons this summer with the goal of doing a 70.3 triathlon (aka half Ironman) by late summer. I ordered a bike trainer so I could start increasing my bike miles in my apartment since I couldnt get out on the roads that time of year up here in Chicago. It took a few weeks to get the trainer and I had bad luck during that time. One day (ended up actually being the day before the trainer got delivered) for work I was trying to get in a work vehicle so I had stood up. I didn't notice I was standing on ice and when I went to take a step, I slipped and fell. I ended up with a badly strained MCL and a broken bone in my foot. To say the least, this sidetracked my training plans. I went to the doctor and when they told me that nothing was torn in my knee and the normal healing time for the bone, I was still optimistic about possibly doing a 70.3 in the fall. This however ended up not working out either due to my feet having poor circulation. The bone took about 3 times longer to fully heal than the doctor had said and it kept me from doing almost all cardio because I couldnt even do swimming because I couldnt use that foot to push off the wall and my bike and racing chair both require you to be in a kneeling position that puts pressure on the knees and feet. This made me have to move my plans of a 70.3 to next season and kind of play this season by ear with when I was finally healthy again.
I hadn't really done much cardio training until I did a 5K race on June 6th. It was a very last minute decision to do the race. I learned about it about 10 days before the race and registered about 8 days before the race. The main reason I ended up doing it was because the race directors were wanting to add in a wheelchair division and they wanted to see how it would go so they could hopefully be prepared for a bigger wheelchair division for next year. Me and one other wheelchair did it this year. I had not done any cardio training but was not worried since it was only a 5K. All things considered, I'm happy with how it went. I didn't have my best time by a long shot but it was a good time for no training and I beat all the runners. Since that race I have slowly been increasing my training.
I had been on the fence about doing the Chicago Triathlon international distance triathlon until the events of today/tonight. This afternoon I had a new post on my guestbook on this website. When I went to check it, it was someone saying that they were interested in sponsoring me. I decided to email them to find out more details about who they were and how they had found my website. It turns out that they had searched for "Abilities expo" on twitter and I had been there and tweeted about it this past Friday. They then saw my website link in my twitter profile and went to it. This person is one of the owners of Joseph Ryan Clothing, www.josephryanclothing.com. This clothing company was originally started to help raise money for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and they donate 20% of their proceeds to the MDA. The are now trying to branch out to help other groups and individuals with other disabilities. They have agreed to send me some shirts for free (polos and crew neck t-shirts and a few sleeveless shirts for working out) and help me some with competition expenses. Since I now have a sponsor, I will be ramping up my training a lot and taking things much more serious because I don't want to half ass things if I have a sponsor. I like the sound of that....I have a company sponsoring me!