October 9, 2009

Two Out of Three

I haven't had the easiest time in triathlon. My first season abruptly ended with a bad bike crash that kept me off the bike for nearly six months and out of the pool for over three months. But during that time, except for a six-week stretch where I was stuck on the elliptical, I was able to run. And running made everything ok because it's something I've done every fall season for the last decade.

Now my second season has ended with another injury. At least this time there was an incredibly rewarding Ironman finish to go with it, but I'm still injured nevertheless. I've played the chin-up game for about six weeks now and it's finally taking its toll. I haven't done any training this week and while I can use my schedule and work obligations as an excuse, the truth of the matter is that it simply wasn't important enough to me. I somehow managed to fit Ironman training in for the better part of nine months and suddenly I can't make a 30 minute swim work. It all comes down to motivation and priorities and I have no motivation and the training just isn't a priority.

So as it turns out, being able to do two out of the three sports isn't good enough right now. I'm going to make one more attempt to get back into the swing of things and if it doesn't work, I'm going to rethink how I spend my off season. I know I am desperate to be physically active, but I just don't think it's going to happen in the swim/bike world. Not without the running.

So I'm going to let go of another wasted training day and see what tomorrow brings. I'm going to admit I'm feeling the effects of depression that come with not being able to do something you love. And hopefully I'll figure things out and find a way to make it through this injury and get back on track so my 2010 season doesn't get off to an miserable start.


  1. *wraps you in a comforting hug* I know it is easy to get depressed when your love is taken away from you. Try to look at it like this. Swimming and Cycling in the offseason is going to allow you to remain in shape so that when you can run again you won't have lost as much of your base. If you tie those activities INTO your run, it might be a smidge easier.

  2. You deserve a break! My 2 cents ... explore some fun forms of exercise we don't ever make time for, like yoga, pilates, etc for the next month before getting back on the horse.



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