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?
Ashley and I have been cycling as we train for different events. We haven’t gone together yet since our schedules are kinda crazy right now, but it would be fun if we all went together at one point! Let me know!