I may not hit 50, but…

IMG 1970 300x300 I may not hit 50, but...

The infusions seem to be doing some good

I will hit 50, the age, all too soon. But 50 as a hematocrit level? Nah, nor do I want to.

One of the things I’ve learned from The Secret Race is that 50 was the top hematocrit level the pro cyclists could hit during major races before receiving a 15-day ban. So as they took their EPO and did their blood doping, any time they got too close to 50, they’d take massive amounts of salt tablets and drink ginormous quantities of water to bring the levels back down a bit. Still, it was nothing for them to race at 48 or 49.

Given my recent bout of anemia, I can now appreciate how ridiculously high that is. Mine has been stuck firmly in the low- to mid-30s for some time. But now that I’ve had two iron infusions (my third is scheduled for today), I think things are looking up.

All the way into last weekend, I was horribly, horribly tired. I was hitting bed as early as I possibly could–trust me, if 7 p.m. were an option, I would have taken it. Since late last week, however, I’ve been noticing a little difference in how quickly my legs have been recovering. The same holds true for this week. I did a double on Tuesday and that second run felt amazing. Let me tell you, this is not the norm in my world.

As to energy levels–those seem to be making a little turn, too. I still like my early bed times and will snag a nap whenever I can, but I think I am improved over just last week. And that’s while hitting my highest mileage week this training cycle.

So I am hopeful. Not hematocrit of 50 hopeful, but maybe low 40s hopeful. Normal hopeful. Can’t wait to know exactly how that feels.

Who out there has had anemia and then turned the corner? What do I have to look forward to here? 




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  1. So sorry to hear you’ve been going through such a rough time, but glad that you’re now on the upswing. When did you first have issues with anemia? Keep feeling better!
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  2. oh wow. Hope things turn around for you soon! I just started reading The Secret Race ;)
    I used to be a MedLabTech and do all those blood tests. Wonder what my own crit levels are?? hmmmm….
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  3. I”m so glad the infusions are helping you feel so much better! That had to be so tough trying to train in an anemic state.
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  4. Hope you feel better. This post did not make me feel better about turning 60 in May.
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  5. Fifty?! Good gracious, Insane.Of course recovery from anemia takes a bit of time, but I’m hoping you continue to see early signs of relief. Get well!
    PS – do your docs have any reason why you are anemic?
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  6. Oh Amanda, I am so sorry your going through this. That infusion looks crazy, but I am sure it is making you fell much better. I have never had anemia, but I have heard that it just wipes you out. Glad to hear you may be creeping your way out it. Big hug! xoxxo
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  7. I am glad to hear that it sounds like your iron infusion is working. Will you need to continue getting them? From your picture, it looks painful. Was it? I am just not one for needles and such. They freak me out, but I have a really high pain tolerance. I just don’t like the looks of them.
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  8. Glad to say I’ve never had any problems like that. I hope you are back to normal soon, hang in there!
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  9. You give me hope! I’ve been on supplements to see what happens since my levels were in the double digits last time they were checked. I’m glad to hear the infusions are working for you!
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  10. Never had it, hopefully never will. :) Good to hear you’re feeling closer to normal!
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  11. I’ve never experienced anemia so I can’t judge your tiredness, not that I would…I hope with your rest, iron and tapering you feel 102% soon! I really hope our paths cross in a few weeks.
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  12. Glad you are starting to feel better:)
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  13. I’m hopeful too that you are turning the corner and that your energy levels seem to be getting a bit better. Those infusions are no joke! Fingers crossed for you and hope everything goes well today.
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  14. I’m so glad this is helping you!!! Keeping my fingers crossed that you’ve turned that corner!!
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  15. I am so so so glad you’re starting to feel better! I had/have iron deficient anemia, and still take Iron every.single.day. I don’t think I’ll ever see a HCT in the upper 40′s, but I also haven’t had to go down the road of infusions.. Would love to chat w/ you about this.. xoxo
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  16. I am so happy that these are working for you and I think you are going to come back better, stronger, happier and faster! :)
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  17. Jeff Irvin says:

    Had a physical on Friday and was at 46.6. Suck it Lance!

  18. Oh man, those infusions. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling bits and bits better for sure. I was anemic in college and the lethargy was so odd, especially for active folks like us. They had me on iron supplements until my stomach couldn’t take it anymore, and my doc told me I had to start eating animal protein (despite my iron rich plant diet). I haven’t been tested since, but I feel noticeably better these days than I did back then. It gets better!
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  19. Very interesting… sending good vibes your way to get to FABULOUS FORTY!
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  20. I am hoping that you are really ok now…Thanks a lot for sharing this fabulous blogs..
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  21. That’s awesome news!
    It’s funny how before you were always tired and probably just thought that’s the way things are. I’m happy you’re recovering faster and feeling more energetic!
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  22. my husband is obsessed with that book too! and trust me, i get that you feel blah. my levels were similar.
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  23. Glad to hear things are improving for you! onward and healthward. :)
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  24. I have not had anemia but as a nurse can appreciate what you are feeling. I hope your levels return to normal soon!!!
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  25. I was just reading this post, I was checking my blood test results from a while back – my hematocrit level was 44. The normal level listed for the test was 40-52. I had no idea that EPO boosted the hematocrit levels, that is a real bummer if yours were in the low 30s, that seems really low.
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  26. No fun, I hope by now it’s better! I have struggled with anemia and it does make a person feel horrid. I don’t know my hemocrit #’s, though. They always tested another number that was more like a normal of 12-ish…hemoglobin?
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