Mom With MS Runs Triathlons
by David Lyons for Everyday Health
I have been blessed to meet others, like me, who have MS but choose to pursue the impossible.
One new friend and fellow combatant is Aurora Colello. She is a triathlete with MS who will compete in September’s Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox. The triathlon is a three-part race that includes a 1,640-yard swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Aurora has an inspiring story that everyone should hear. I am a big supporter of what she is doing and how she is doing it. Let’s cheer her on as she pushes the limits.
This is Aurora’s journey in her own words:
Aurora Colello: My MS Diagnosis
In December of 2008, I slowly began to lose vision in my right eye and eventually went blind. An MRI showed 10 lesions in my brain. At 35 years old, with four children who were all under the age of 7, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
I had always planned on running a triathlon once my kids were older, but after my diagnosis, I realized I needed to do one now, while my body was still able. There was just one catch – at the time, I couldn’t even run a mile, and I was scared to death of the kind of training this task would require. My doctors said that such a strict exercise and diet regimen could make my condition worse.
Yet, instead of getting sicker and weaker, my body got stronger and healthier. Endurance and multi-sport training helped me fight the disease. Don’t avoid working out. Get out there and move!
You Can Do It: Training With MS
Know your limits. When you are working out with MS, you can still push yourself, but you have to listen to your body. It often takes people with MS longer to build up endurance, but it is possible. Stick with it!
Stretching is important. I always make sure to stretch before and after training. Stretching helps with flexibility and can reduce the severity of symptoms like spasticity.
Increase your heart rate. It’s important to get your heart pumping with exercises like running, swimming and biking. Cardio exercises can help reduce symptoms like fatigue. You can take control of your body and make a difference in your disease.
Watch what you eat. Race preparation is all about nutrition. After training, or even after a short workout, recovery is important. It’s essential to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and take time to rest.
Stay positive. Being a triathlete with MS takes a little more effort, but it is possible.You just have to get up, get out and start training!