I also asked about nutrition - especially considering I am planning to train for and complete my first full marathon in October. He recommended I work with a sports nutritionist and even called me an endurance athlete. Why does that always sound like music to my ears? I am really excited to get an appointment scheduled with her and learn more about nutrition. I'll definitely post more about it!
We went ahead and did a cholesterol screen and a few other tests. What I liked about this new doctor? Let's say this first: he spent the time to talk to me instead of just sitting there, reading my chart, making a few notes and then the rest of the time buried in his computer filling out forms he had to complete. He wanted to talk to me and not my paperwork. He is accessible too - in fact said it was okay to email him and ask questions! I thought of a few more I didn't cover relating to my racewalking. We did discuss whether or not I could use a VO2 Max test and he was honest that he would only recommend it if I decided to take up running instead of walking. I need to do more research on HR when you are walking. The doctor was saying people who walk barely get out of zones 1 or 2 while they are walking. I haven't been doing a good job of monitoring my heart rate while training because my Garmin was always giving me bad readings. He suggested adjusting it, getting a new battery & trying again.
I am so glad I finally listened to my friends and tried out this new doctor! If you have been thinking about it, you should definitely look into it too. It will be worth your time!