Being a team player means you have to put your own desires aside in order to ultimately be successful. When we started out over a year ago, Steph was extremely patient with me while I still had struggles with some of my body parts from my accident 4.5 years ago. And now on the second part of our 21,000 mile tour, after being on the road for over a month and in some pretty extreme heat, not eating enough calories and having the proper nutrition, along with the stress of the route, we started feeling the effects. In addition to all of this, Steph sprained her knee when she went down in the muddy banks of section 5. When we reached Winona (about 3/4 of the way through the AZBDR) Steph hit a WALL! She has never felt so depleted in her life. She had zero energy and absolutely no pep in her little step. We rested up for a few days in both Sedona and Flagstaff and then pushed on to finish the BDR. We then rode the Cortez, CO (just beyond the start of the COBDR, which is next on the list) where we have been resting for about 2 weeks. Steph got some blood work done and has been doing everything she can to rest and recover – including acupuncture and massage – so we can continue our adventure. It was suggested she have her blood tested as she was having symptoms for diabetes. The results were negative. Yay! After much research and a few appointments, it seems that Steph is suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. So we are staying put until she is strong enough to safely carry on. All the while, I am biting at the bit and ready to carry on NOW! However, in order for our trip to continue to be successful, and fun, I need to be patient as she was for me and continue on when she has recovered. A few positive things have come out of the rest in Cortez. Steph is recovering very well; she has gotten to meet a lot of my family; and our relationship is stronger than ever as we’ve been able to bring out the best in each other. She has been able to witness me being patient and supportive, and I have witnessed her being strong and courageous during a very difficult time.
TEAM WORK! HIP, HIP, HOORAY!