We would like to share with you this story that we received out of the blue. As you read on you’ll see why we wanted to share it, and we hope it inspires and motivates all of us to not give up when the going gets tough.
We asked permission from Adam, whose story this is, to reproduce it word for word, and share it, and he kindly gave his permission. Adam’s story reminds us at POWERbreathe of why we do what we do, everyday, so thank you Adam for sharing your story with us – and now with your POWERbreathe friends too.
Here’s Adam’s story…
To Whom it May Concern
I wanted to write and tell you about my story and how my PowerBreathe Plus helped me get back to fitness and raised my performance over and above my expectations.
In 2012 I entered Ironman Australia. This was to be my first Ironman. Thinking that this might be my only Ironman, I wanted to do all I could to have a successful race. One element was focusing on breathing. For me 1%ers all add up so I purchased a PowerBreathe Ironman Plus to give me that extra advantage and extra confidence going into the race. I completed Ironman Australia in 10hr 15min, which was a surprise but hugely rewarding. Not surprisingly I wanted to do another.
My real story though starts in late 2013. I had entered Ironman Melbourne 2014 with a specific goal of getting close to or under 10hrs. Focusing on my weaknesses over winter and building strength I was feeling on track to achieve that goal. However, in late October I was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to hospital. In the previous weeks I had continued to train despite being in pain, which included a three-day cycling camp in the Victorian high country. Upon admission the diagnosis was a fluid filled right lung crushing my lung tissue and reducing my breathing capacity to only one lung. I spent 10 days in hospital including surgery to remove the fluid.
Upon release from hospital I was told that Ironman in March was unlikely.
I had entered Shepparton 70.3, however I couldn't compete because I was in hospital. Watching club members and friends compete only made me more determined to race again that summer.
On medical orders I was told that through December I wasn't allowed to train because there was a risk of re-infection. In fact I had lost 7kg including all my strength and I was struggling to walk the dog around the block. My focus was to re-activate my lungs. This is when I remembered my PowerBreathe. So through December twice a day, I used it as part of my deep breathing rehab and to strengthen my lungs. By Christmas I was back in the pool and on the bike. I even entered a criterion on Boxing Day, coming a surprising 4th.
On 7 January I was released from hospital care following a final review with the respiratory specialist. This meant I was cleared to return to training. My first goal, finish Challenge Melbourne on 2 February. With less than four weeks to prepare after 2 months away from training it wasn't going to be easy. I trained carefully and specifically and kept up my PowerBreathe routine. Come race day I felt prepared, or at least as prepared as I could be. The end result? A 4:37 half ironman and approx 7 min personal best time.
It was very emotional crossing the line because of where I had come from and realising that Ironman Melbourne was no longer a dream.
Continuing with my IM preparation I combined my PowerBreathe routine with an eight-week altitude-training program. The combined lung capacity and strength from using PowerBreathe meant that I was able to take advantage of the benefits of the altitude training, or at least that was what the training specialists said. All I knew was that I was breathing better and felt more energized than ever.
Come Ironman race day I couldn't believe that four months previous I was having surgery and told by the respiratory surgeons I wouldn't be able to race. Standing on the start line was an amazing moment because not only was I there, I knew that my original goal of sub 10 hours was achievable...
...and it was. My final time was 9hrs 53 mins. A personal best from Port Macquarie 2 years earlier of over 20mins. Aerobically I felt strong and I know that was from my PowerBreathe routine.
When people ask about my race I always talk about the 1%ers, about how focusing on the little things can make a big difference on the day and about how your product gave me the strength to keep going through those dark months.
My next challenge? Qualifying for the World Duathlon Championships in my hometown of Adelaide. I know that as I prepare to qualify and prepare for the race my PowerBreathe Ironman Plus will be part of that routine.
Adam Walsh, Australia