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Amy Dixon

NYC Triathlon Race Report

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  The morning of July 14 was clear and still.  I was gently awoken by Deedee, who discovered that my well-intended alarm had accidentally been set to 4PM instead of 4am.  I thought to myself, “Thank GOD she’s here!”  I stumbled into the kitchen where Deedee cheerily was making her healthy breakfast, and I attempted to make my usual protein shake.  “DAMMIT,” I shouted, “Crap!”  Heather came running in, to discover that the blind chick (me) had accidentally spilled the entire contents of my breakfast on the counter.  The low lighting and early hour wasn’t helping one bit.  Heather sweetly…

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NYC Triathlon- Preparation

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So we did it.  In grand style no less.  8 months of hard work, setbacks, dog attacks, Glaucoma attacks, and laughter all added up to one epic NYC Triathlon weekend.  I can’t believe I’m even able to sit here at the computer and type at this point.  I actually feel surprisingly GOOD considering that 48 hours ago I swam a Mile in the Hudson River, Biked 25 Miles up the West Side Highway, and Ran 6.2 Miles through the hilliest sections of Central Park.   I had been training with Team RWB, a group of veterans and civilians who train…

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My Biggest Supporter and Triathlon training Partner

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Now that my first triathlon is over as a visually impaired Athlete, I realized that there’s someone who has been my biggest cheerleader, comic relief, training partner, transportation to and from workouts, and protector at many times- My Guiding Eyes Labrador, Elvis. This accomplishment would never have been possible without his daily encouragement, goofiness and cooperation on days I simply didn’t want to leave the house. His biggest role started last year when I fell and broke my foot, forcing me to be in a cast for nearly 8 weeks of the most breautiful weather. Elvis and I have never…

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I am a Para-Triathlete Officially!

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I have no idea how to put into the words the flood of feelings that I’m experiencing right now.  I’m at the 8 hour mark after finishing my very first triathlon as a Visually Impaired Athlete, and I’m just buzzing- with adrenaline, exhaustion, joy, incredulity, gratitude, and a sense of awe.  NEVER five years ago, when my diagnosis was made horrifically clear would I have imagined this day.  Never would I have imagined that my impending blindness would actually open me to a whole new culture, lifestyle and group of amazing friends from such a diverse and wonderful group of…

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My First Triathlon as a VI Athlete (Visually Impaired)

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It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write, and my sore muscles forced me to finally take a much needed break from training for my first triathlon this morning, so here I am at the computer.  I cannot begin to describe the amazing journey I’ve had to get to this point- one week away from my very first triathlon with an amazing and fearless sighted guide to help me navigate the course safely.  I’ve fallen, crashed into stationary objects, bonked my head on the pool’s edge, and had emergency bike dismounts along the way, but still managed to…

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10 Days after the Dog Attack

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Well, I just got back from my first painful physical therapy session for my ankle.  I’m going to work really hard to get back to my pre-attack strength and continue my triathlon training with Elvis at my side.  He’s such an awesome pup.  His attitude and enthusiasm is infectious, and were it not for this, I probably wouldn’t have left my apartment at all this past week. Fortunately the Orthopedic surgeon allowed me to swim as my foot and ankle allowed this week, and it feels great to be able to at least get out of the house and do…

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