So I took a bit of a break from blogging. Part of that was because I was working on closing out 2015, and part of that is because, honestly, I haven’t been in the best place. (Fair warning, the rest of this blog is going to be mostly me whining. If that’s not your cup of tea I totally understand, tomorrow we’ll be doing Inspiration Thursday so check back then!)
The thought of another year of this (“this” being doing long workouts of stuff that I’m not good at and don’t enjoy because I set a goal that I want to achieve) that ends with an IRONMAN, especially after failing at the 70.3, is…daunting and difficult physically and psychologically. I can handle all of that, but it made it difficult to handle it when the trifecta of crap happened:
Crap 1: I wrecked my bike
A combination of the holidays and an issue getting the part meant that my bike was in the shop for a month. And since my Frankenbike was created to accommodate my body I can’t just borrow someone else’s bike. So I could (and did) use a spinning bike, but it’s not the same and the longer I waited for my bike the more freaked out I got about missing training. But I could still run and swim.
Crap 2: I injured my foot
I was doing speedwork, and at the end of a sprint I felt a pain shoot through my foot. I tried to walk it off, but no luck. I limped home and starting stretching and icing. At first I thought it was tendon or ligament, but it ached so much over the next two days that I was afraid it was a stress fracture. Luckily it turns out that it was just a ligament injury. I took a week off during which I increased my endurance for having my foot in a bowl of ice and did endless rehab exercises. That left me with swimming.
Crap 3: Chlorine sensitivity
I was on lap 13 of 60 when I first broke out into full body hives. My sensitive skin has become a constant joke with my IM support team. It’s hive-a-palooza over here: sunscreens, anti-chaffe lotions, bath soaks, the new soap at my gym, whatever. Chlorine has always made me itchy after swimming but this was not that, this was big welts all over my body. I finished the swim, showered and took some medicine and they went away. The next swim the hives came just a few laps in, and over a mile of laps later, I realized in the gym mirror that I was bleeding where the plastic hook on the back of my suit was rubbing against the hives.
None of these things are massive tragedies, they are minor setbacks and entirely manageable. But having these three things layered together with the pressure of a ticking clock and it put me in a downhill slide. I’ve managed to complete my workouts (and the rehab) but I let everything else, including blogging, training notes etc., slide.
Things are turning around. I got my bike back. I ran on Monday and my foot was fine. I got two new swimsuits (with no plastic hooks!) and started researching – it turns out that by applying tons of lotion before the swim, and rinsing off with vitamin c powder dissolved in water after, I can control the hives. Plus it actually makes me look forward to swimming in the ocean again – I might get attacked by a bird, but at least I won’t be itchy when it happens.
So I’m still plugging along, still on track for my goal, my motto is still “cross finish line, get medal.” And I’m working to pull up out of this slump, and I’ll get that done to. I was promised that this journey would contain “ups and downs” and so this is just the fulfillment of that promise.
In the meantime, if you have something that helps pull you out of a slump – a quote, a video, a movie, a song whatever – I would love it if you would share it in the comments. And I’ll see you tomorrow for Inspiration Thursday!
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