Psoriatic Arthritis – My Sport Isn’t All I’m Crushing
Nikki is a mom, an adventure racer, a cyclist, a runner, a hunter, and well, I would run out of blog space before I could complete explaining all the things she is.
She has interrupted a date to check the score of the UFC game and has had all of her toenails surgically removed because she kept losing them in races.
Tell me a little bit about your sport(s). What led you to it (them)?
What is your proudest moment in your sport?
What did a typical training week look like for you before your diagnosis?
Talk to me about your history with hyperthyroidism, etc. When were you diagnosed, how have you treated it and what changes have you made in your training as a result?
- The first is I know my thyroid hormones are off if I start getting panic attacks and anxiety for no apparent reason.
- I’ll start experiencing palpitations.
- I notice that my workouts seem to be getting harder even though I have a lot of energy. This happens because with Graves Disease your body gets amped up and works faster and harder than usual all the time. This can give you a lot of energy but make you feel like your giving 90% during your workouts compared to a perceived usual 65% workout.
- My heart rate will be higher during my workouts and at rest.
- I don’t recover like I should. If I know I’m not overtraining but struggle to feel rested and ready, I know something is up.
- I make sure I get plenty of healthy and nutrient dense food. I have an issue with keeping weight on because of Graves disease. As an athlete who burns a lot of calories, I made sure to replace them wisely.
- Finally, because I have an autoimmune disease, I pay close attention not to overtrain. I don’t want to add any more unnecessary stress to my body. It’s a tricky line to walk as an endurance athlete but it can be done. The best thing I’ve learned is to know when to push and when to hold back. That will be different for everyone but has been huge for me.