I’m no Superman…wait, YES I AM!
Week 16: Costa Rica Overview
During week 16 of the Auto Immune Diet, I traveled to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for vacation. Throughout all the difficulties during these past 4 months, I dreamed of going to Costa Rica. A unique opportunity from a special friend allowed me and my parents (it was our Christmas present to each other) to stay at a beautiful home along with cleaning, concierge and anything to make our stay stress-free.
If you don’t know what a zip line is, check out this video:
Without a doubt, my number one focus was to conquer the zip line. During my highest levels of inflammation, pain, mental stress, and suffering, I mentally conquered the Costa Rica zip line. I prayed for healing, I worked my butt off, I ate what seemed like a 1000 salads, and I knew in my mind this was going to conquer it.
On Monday, 5/7, the big day arrived. For “insurance” I took a Naproxen the night before and 3 Ibuprofen during breakfast. The journey to the zip lines were bumpy dirt roads, a small hike uphill. The zip line company, MidWorld, knew about my special condition and applied a waist harness for extra support. I was ready:
Three straps later, I was hooked in & shot off. The experience was exhilarating and not, I repeat, not painful (just remember to tell them not to make the straps too tight). What was painful, was at the end of the zip line:
If you look at the photo above, you’ll see a wood block. This is the brake so you don’t slam into the tree. Problem is that it jarred my neck the 1st time. So you need to be aware of it or suffer a shooting pain or sore neck. The great news is this was the ONLY time I felt pain throughout the entire zip line experience. When you get used to the experience, each zip line is so much fun. Just take a look at this face:
During the end of the journey, you’ll need to repel a few times. If you don’t think about it, it’s quite fun and, again, no pain.
Once your done on the dozen or so zip lines, you’re ready for the Superman. Here’s what happens:
This is the closest I’ve ever felt to flying. They strap you up in what looks like Costa Rican straight jackets:
Actually, these are the suits you wear for the Superman Line. Walking like a duck, you get up on a declining table if you can. For me, they picked me up, threw me on top like a sack of potatoes and shot me off. As some of you know, I don’t do well lying down on hard surfaces and my right hip was shooting pains for the 1st time + pain throughout most of the ride.
This is where all my praying and focus paid off. Instead of “feeling” the pain, I recognized it for a second, thanked God for all I received today, and focused on the spectacular view. Words cannot describe how cool it feels to fly at 40-60mph.
Without further ado, I am Superman…for a minute:
All of the buildup and hard work paid off. This was my “mountain” and it was conquered. After everything was over, I actually felt better at the end of the zip line than I did at the beginning – it could have been the adrenaline, it could have been more. As for the superman, it’s worth it. As I’m writing this post, it’s the next day and I’ve slept for 12 1/2 hours and my body hurts in more areas…but still workable. Just remember to give yourself at least a day to rest afterwards.
Next week I will continue to report on my health, health tips, and tests for the Ankylosing Spondylitis / Auto Immune Diet. Until then, Pura Vida!