Most of us who go through our days nursing a sinus ailment find that it saps our energy and makes it hard to focus. Now imagine if you were battling the very same symptoms while competing with the world’s most elite athletes in a rigorous test of endurance.
Such is the path that was recently chosen by Shannon Eckstein, a champion Ironman competitor who has been struggling with sinus symptoms for some time:
“It’s congestion in the sinuses and a bit of a compression problem in the nose and ears.
“I just haven’t had any energy either. It’s a really difficult feeling diving under waves and you get that really heavy compression through the face and cheekbones.”
Yet here he is, currently preparing to defend a title on his home turf. No doubt Mr. Eckstein will finally get those symptoms taken care of during what little offseason exists in ironman competition. Still, his story stands as a testament to resilience, and a reminder that sinus pain strikes all people, no matter their age, gender, or physical condition.