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January 2016

An Inconvenient Injury

Injuries always come at inconvenient times. It’s a known fact.

I’m in pain. I’m frustrated. It’s slowing me down and making me cranky. And the worst part? I don’t even get a good story out of it. I mean, if you are going to hurt yourself, you should at LEAST get a good tale to tell. Not for me. I’ve got a neck injury and not even a good one (if there is such a thing).

I have no tales of crashes, no dramatic falls, no “you should see the other guy”… not even a tale of “I wiped out on the ice and it was hilarious.” Nope. My injury story sucks. I turned my head. That’s it. That’s all I did. I TURNED MY FREAKING HEAD. Now, it was during a dance rehearsal and my injury did manage to silence a room full of grade 7/8 students but in the grand scheme of things: LAME!

It goes like this: last 5 minutes of rehearsal. I’m working with the boys on some break dance footwork that ends with a look to the right. I look…and POP! Immediate pain and everything goes black for a couple of seconds.  And then I start shaking and my eyes water and I do my best to convince my students that I am “a-ok.” Despite my best efforts to keep going, I’m shaking and in shock and inevitably get sent home. Off to the hospital for me.  And while you do get in VERY quickly when you go in with a neck trauma, in the end, the assessment was “We don’t know what happened. Probably soft tissue. It will be fine in a couple days.” Helpful. And wrong. It happened Thursday. It’s Tuesday. And I still freaking hurt.

Yesterday was the first day that I really tested the theory. I had 3 dance classes, two rehearsals for my auditioned group, plus a dress rehearsal for the production I’m in and I snuck in a quick strength training session in the morning. Such a bad idea. By the time we were running the show, I was trying everything in my power to just keep it together!! Oh the burning pain and the spasms. OUCH!!!

 

Icing my neck after trying to dance
 
I know that rest is important but I find it hard to take time off while I’m injured. I hate being injured!! I still want to workout, train, get stronger (get bikini ready because we have a vacation soon). I really hate not being able to just do what I want to do.

To be honest, I don’t really have anything productive to say…I just wanted to rant and feel a little sorry for myself.  Pouty rant over.

 

 

Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned    

This training thing is hard! Especially when you are busy as hell, have an active job and tend to overbook yourself (who? Me? Never!!!…well, ok, maybe).

Sometimes, for those of us who like to “push” ourselves, the days when your body refuses to cooperate are really frustrating. My body is exhausted! Yesterday, I actually skipped a run because I was pretty much down for the count at 6pm. Today, I had a brick session planned. I’ve got this new format where I alternate cycling and running for 20 mins, then 10, then 5. It keeps my short attention span from wandering. Today, I pretty much thought I was going  to collapse in the first cycle session. My legs were screaming some at me, using colourful language, I’m sure and I just wanted to quit! But I didn’t, I kept going, whimpering and whining the whole time. I finished my brick session and then sat down, frustrated and annoyed that I couldn’t just do what I wanted. But guess what?? Sometimes it just doesn’t go as planned. I still did the workout. I have to remember that the only bad workout is the one you didn’t do. And right now, I’m working hard to remind myself because my legs are burning, they’re a little shakey and I feel like lead! And, of course, I have a play rehearsal to get to.

Sometimes “I trained and didn’t die” really is success.

New Year, New Goals?

Goals?

Yes, it’s formatted as a question. I know a lot of people who start of the New Year with a fresh set of goals and training plans and others who just plan to stick with the “same old”. Me, I find myself somewhere in the middle.

Last year brought some really great successes. 4th woman in the try-a-tri, 3rd in my age category in my first sprint tri, and I also took on my first 10k run where I also finished 3rd. Talk about beginner’s luck and setting the bar a little high.  I’m very proud of those accomplishments but they make

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Moment of pride when my 10k medal came

 

me wonder if my goal for this year should be not to expect too much of myself.  I have pulled off some pretty impressive finishes for a beginner and I hope I can cope with the disappointment if I’m not able to do the same thing during this season.

So, what are my actual goals in 2016?  Keep the successes coming? Be ok with the disappointment if they don’t? I think it’s both. Keep working hard and pushing hard. Get stronger and faster. Maybe get rid of the “Holiday bloat” (mmmm….Christmas eating).  I’d like to get my average 5k to 25 mins or under (I average about 27 right now on the treadmill) and keep improving on my cycling (which is definitely my weak link). I tend to be very hard on myself and I have very high expectations of myself so I think I should also set the goal of being proud no matter what the final results of a race.  Speaking of races, I think I’d like to take on a few more. Maybe 3 triathlons and, maybe an extra run or two depending on scheduling. My need to take on too much may hamper that goal but I can still aim to meet it.

AND– I think this year, I’d like to travel somewhere fun for a race. I’m not ready to travel too far for a triathlon yet, but maybe a 10k….maybe drag a friend or two along with me…

Setbacks…time to deal..

I have suffered a few set backs in the last few months. I actually did the 10k run with a torn hamstring (didn’t know it was torn until 2 days later). Healing time and physio definitely took me out of the game for a while.setback And then, I burnt out. I have been cast in a theatre production (which is my first love) and I am so excited to be a part of it!  But, I tend push myself too hard. I pushed to workout at a heavier pace, I pushed to keep up with the demands of work and rehearsals.  And I pushed myself to the point of illness. I lost my voice, I lost my energy and I lost my ability to continue training. I visited the doctor and there were some concerns that I may be developing Lupus. The good news is, that my doctor thinks that, at least for now, this isn’t the case. However, one of the markers was positive and so we will be monitoring. For now, my plan, is to keep myself as healthy as possible while we determine if my setback was merely burnout or a virus or something bigger going on.

So now what?

Well, the holidays are basically done. And I’m done with falling off the wagon. So, now what? I get myself back on track, that’s what!! I’ve set a calendar for workouts and man

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New Brick training format. Definitely ran out of steam by the end!! Not really my fastest times overall anyway, but the goal became “not dying”/

aged to stick to the first 3 days. And yes, the first 3 days is easy to get through but truthfully, I feel so yucky when I’m not training that I’m excited to get through the rest of the days. I’m a little uncertain about the ability to balance everything over the next 6 weeks while the rehearsals and show are at their highest demands, but because I feel so much better while training, I’m really going to do my best to stick to it.

So… friends, triathletes, fellow workout nerds… what are you goals? Did you make any?

 

 

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