The containment is going to reach its end but the work will still continue for many weeks, or even months for the body medical. Portrait of Mary Patouillet, a medical general practitioner who is also vice-champion in para-cycling. Mary Patouillet at the world Cup of track cycling at the VeloPark Lee Valley in London, the December 14, 2018. (PAUL HARDING / MAXPPP)
In the morning, Mary Patouillet is wearing the white coat and the mask. It welcomes you in his cabinet of many patients with the coronavirus. “As a physician, it is still exposed to the Covid, “she says. It is not immune to the disease or be asymptomatic. And do both top-level sport, it is quite contradictory.”
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This general practitioner, who practises in Paris, is also the vice-champion of para-cylisme. “He has had to adapt my training became much more specific and much less in intensity at the level of the heart. With my coach, we’ve tried to adapt to the situation, with the fatigue it engenders.” A fatigue-related change of pace, “because spending two days a week to a day or a full week, it is different”, she said. But, we adapted and it has not fared too badly.”
My latest information on the bike show that I am tired.Mary Patouillet, a physician and vice-champion of para-cylismeà franceinfo
The fear of disease is never far away : “After that, I had no symptoms, I am doing quite well. So, I don’t think about it too much and as long as I protect it should go.”
Mary Patouillet also provides vacations at the centre Covid-19 of Créteil, in the department of Val-de-Marne, one to two times per week. “We have left the firm, I c start by removing the mask and also the blouse that is going to be washed the soirmême. And then, I’m going to wash me the hands”, explains the rider. A few miles from his office, she finds her bike installed in his parents ‘ garage, “and it is left for the second part of the day”.
A part of a day to “empty the head”
“If lead single, it’s complicated, “says Mary Patouillet, it is still better to have his track bike and then a real weight room to be able to work. I really the bare minimum, even if I think that compared to other athletes, I’m not one to complain”, she said. After long days of work, “if we remove the noise of the neon, this is a time where I try in any case to log out of my work day, “says the champion of cycling. As a doctor, I can’t do it always, but when I get there, it’s been really good to the head”.
The epidemic and the work overload prevented her from preparing as she had expected. Suddenly, the report of the paralympic Games in the summer of 2021 is almost become a a good news.