And sometimes that includes facing reality head-on.
I just don’t think it’s wise for me to “Hustle up the Hancock” this year.
As I’ve discussed here before, I have been battling all kinds of upper respiratory afflictions since the beginning of the year. With the weather as crazy as it’s been, I’ve been all over the board with severe colds or worse– from bronchitis to sinusitis to this-itis to that-itis… and I have yet to fully recover. Because of this, I haven’t been able to train as much as I’d have liked. I’m still coughing a lot and dealing with a sore throat and stuffy sinuses. It just doesn’t make for an ideal situation.
I’m not alone here. Half of the participants in my office have dropped for the same reason. I wouldn’t doubt that there are others outside of our bubble. It has just been that kind of a winter around here.
Some people are more susceptible than others to these kinds of ailments. I’m definitely one of them who is more susceptible than most.
So it’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to withdraw from climbing the stairs on Sunday. I simply can’t afford to put myself at any further risk. However, don’t think for a second that I regret the amazing response that you, my readers and friends, have shown to this cause. It is still an extremely important cause and one that I believe in completely. All of our contributions (remember that I contributed as well in order to participate in the first place) are worth every penny. And they will go toward important research and programs to help fight lung disease and the things that cause it. Here is a chart that the Respiratory Health Association sent us that outlines where the funds raised by Hustle up the Hancock will go. I think this explains things pretty clearly:
As of today you and I have raised $1,410.00. That is just outstanding. Thank you for believing in this cause as much as I do.
So will I try again next year? Absolutely. It was worth it to try and certainly worth it to train for the event. And if I make it to the event next year (and I hope I will), I will be happy to do it in the name of everyone who has been touched by lung disease. Whether or not I ever climb again, however — the support you have shown is amazing. It makes all of this worth it.