The Daily - January 28, 2022 - 20

Field Notes
D I N A M I S H E V
AFTER FOUR YEARS OF A STEEP
decline in my strength and speed-
whether skinning, running, or biking-that
neither aging nor illness
could explain, a friend sent me a
link to a podcast about over training
syndrome (OTS). As a former
competitive endurance athlete,
I knew about lowercase-o overtraining,
but not about capital-O
OTS, a hard-to-diagnose medical
condition that affects many of the
body's systems. To recover from
overtraining, you back off exercising
a bit. Recovery from OTS is not
guaranteed and requires complete
cessation of exercise.
The OTS symptoms described
Opposite page: The author
finds bliss on the skin trail.
This page: The Wyoming
backcountry can be a place
for pushing your limits, or
just enjoying the wild.
Pushed (and Trained)
to the Limit
Is the high-paced, mountain-town adventure lifestyle taking
a toll on both our bodies and destroying the basic way we
should be enjoying the outdoors? By Dina Mishev
APPRECIATING THE OUTDOORS AND PLAYING OUTSIDE ARE EASY, ENcouraged,
and expected in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I've lived for 25
years. An isolated valley ringed by mountain ranges, Jackson Hole is home
to several stretches of river designated as National and Scenic and two ski
areas; two national parks and about half a dozen wilderness areas are within
an hour's drive; and there are so many thousands of miles of trails that I
think it's impossible to ever be farther than five miles from a trailhead. The
outdoor adventures and experiences that are easily accessible out my front
door are endless and literally awesome.
Not surprisingly, my life here revolves around the outdoors. Friends
and I do not meet for drinks, but to bootpack up Mt. Glory, ride bikes up
Teton Pass, ski Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, run or hike in Grand Teton
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/ OUTDOOR RETAILER SNOW SHOW 2022
National Park, fat bike in Cache
Creek, or SUP on the Snake River.
I met my fiancé skinning the 1,500
vert up to the top of Snow King,
and this summer we're getting
married on that summit. I created
a job for myself-freelance editing
and writing-that gives me the
freedom to play outside on my own
schedule.
And last spring I had to get away
from this life.
how I felt: My legs were constantly
fatigued and even easy efforts sent
my heart rate soaring. I thought
it ironic that I had OTS when
I hadn't trained for anything
for years. Or maybe I had OTS
because my life as a competitive
athlete was over. I went hard
almost every day and rest days
were few and far between, even
while I went through chemotherapy
and radiation for stage 3 breast
cancer. I scheduled my eight-hour
chemo infusions to start at 10 a.m.
so I'd have the time to do a dawn
patrol lap on Mt. Glory at the top
of Teton Pass beforehand. After
chemo was over, I'd go back to my
usual two or three Glory laps. If
friends ever questioned why or
how hard I pushed myself physically-and
it was never Jackson
friends who did this-I explained,
" I'm training for life. "
A post about OTS at UphillAthlete.com
states: " The reality is that
it's only a short step from 'training'
to satisfying an unhealthy compulsion. "
With a complicated medical
history that includes multiple sclerosis
(an incurable, degenerative
neurological disease that can cause
paralysis and muscle weakness,
COURTESY DINA MISHEV
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