Dealing with this troublesome knee injury (one month and counting) is no fun. That’s why I’ve decided to focus on what I can do instead of what I cannot do.
Racing is a big, big part of my life. Training for races has occupied most weekends for the last four years or so of my life, and I was super disappointed as I watched the last three races I was signed up for (i.e. paid a lot of money for!) get scratched off the calendar.
I’m not just a runner, though. I’ve also done triathlons (a sprint and an Olympic tri) and bike races (a Metric, another Metric, and a Century). So, instead of moping around about how I cannot run, I’ve decided to put my energy into one thing I know I can safely do: SWIM!
Ever since I made the decision to train for a sprint triathlon, I have felt so much better about my injury. I think I was allowing myself to sink into the injury blues too much. I needed to get proactive about recovery, mentally and physically.
Just one problem, though! A triathlon involves RUNNING. :) Well, the race isn’t until June, so I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be up to a 5K by then. But if not, I just plan to do the swim and bike legs and call it a day. Or if the biking gives me problems, I’ll just do the swim and be satisfied. Now, I would’ve just signed up for an Aquabike but there are none in my area.
I’m probably just going to focus on swimming and then try to add in biking when I think it’s safe. I haven’t tested out my knee yet but I don’t think it would be a good combo yet.
My goal is to do practice swims in a lake so this (freaking out, having a panic attack, and coming last out of the lake during my Olympic tri) doesn’t happen again! That’s a pretty good race goal, don’t you think? 🙂
You should really watch that video, just for the epic music, dramatic swim finish, and huge bike crash that I replay in slow motion over and over again.
Breakfast featured some greens:
Steamed kale with two pieces of Dakota bread and eggs. Mmm.
Looking for other triathlon-related posts?
- Introductory tips for triathloning
- T1 and T2 without tri-shorts
- Swimming tips
- Cycling tips + gear to buy + how to score a used bike
Are you attempting a triathlon this summer? What distance? What leg of the race scares you the most? Which are you looking forward to the most?