I’ve been blogging now for several weeks and up until now, things have gone pretty smoothly. I have been faithful to my training schedule, made time to train even when it was inconvenient. I’ve dealt with some shoulder issues and think I have a plan figured out to get through the swimming part. I’ve done great on my bike and feel better than ever about that part of my race-except for the fact I don’t know how to change a flat tire (add that to my list of things to learn before July 19.) It’s been relatively smooth training……until now.
I’ve always had tight hamstrings-refer back to a previous post about my lack of stretching. My left hamstring has been an ongoing issue since my marathon training a few years back. I tweaked it again last week during one of my bootcamp classes. I wasn’t able to do my long run this weekend and that really frustrated me…until I talked to my friend Jenny who completed a full Ironman last September. She couldn’t believe the miles I have put in already and said that her longest run when training for her 70.3 was 11 miles. I ran that at Week 7 of training!! So, having to back off of the running part of my training worries me a little….ok, A LOT! But she reassured me that I’ll be ok.
Handling adversity is one of life’s biggest tests. I could call it a day and decide not to complete this journey, or I can face it head on and finish anyway I can. Of course, I’ll be doing the latter. I’m not one to give up. I finish things I start. This recent injury is just going to make it that much more difficult. But then it brings me back to Jenna, Kyle and Bryce’s family. Everyday they face adversity. They face a life without their baby boy. They don’t have a choice. They have to keep moving forward. Their strength gives me strength.
On a more positive note, I have some of the biggest cheerleaders out there. Last week my trainer gave me the ultimate test. I knew it was going to be a rough when he named it “The Confidence Workout”. He said if I could get through this one, I could get through anything. Wow, was he ever right! It was literally the hardest workout I think I have ever done. A total mental game! But I did it! I think I may have even impressed him a little. So while I running may need to be limited, there are still so many other things I can do to prepare.
My best friend is a PT. And an amazing one at that! She first scolded me for not taking time to REALLY stretch. Then she showed me several deep stretches and massaged me out a little. She’s bringing over some PT stuff tonight and even right now I’m taking her advice and sitting on a tennis ball as I type 🙂
I’m feeling extremely blessed through all of this. Many of my friends have commented about how excited they are to take the road trip to Racine this summer to cheer me on. I know with them on the sidelines cheering me on and Bryce on my shoulder, there is no way I won’t succeed.