Thursday, December 14, 2006


Its almost scary, this realization that lately it has been easier to run after the bike than alone. I really hadn't intended to spend much time on the biking until after the first of the year, but something prompted me to think of using it for a "warmup" for the run. But once I got going, I really wanted to see not only how it would go, but how much I could do.

So for the past 5 run workouts, I have preceded it with a bike workout, anywhere from 20-40 minutes, and from there have been able to run 2 miles without stopping. Just the week before, I had a hard time running one mile without stopping, so this phenomena had to be tested out again and again before I was convinced that maybe I really can do this thing called triathlon. Oh sure, I have been at this for 6 years now, but never had the confidence in myself that I could actually do this. I could do each part of the event, I actually did pretty well swimming, and I could put them all together in fact, but I never had the confidence I could do a full triathlon well, so I didn't disappoint myself when I came in last or darned near close to last. After all, I told myself, I wasn't very good, I just enjoyed it.

Now, all of a sudden, the head has cleared and I do believe I can do this. I was on the way to believing before I had the accident. I hesitated in my thinking for a while after, not sure what to expect in recovery, but now 5 weeks after starting my first run and only about 7 weeks after starting swimming again, I can start to see things down the road. That's not to say I will do any better next season in age group placing, but I do think I will improve my times for any event I enter. I guess as long as I can make the cutoffs, I won't worry about my placement, but I still think I will do better.

Next season's lineup is in the making. I will probably surprise myself as to what will be on the agenda.


Flo said...

Yea!!! That's really great. You are obviously doing things just right if you feel that confident about your abilities. Good for you!

Fe-lady said...

Keep those thoughts! They will help in the upcoming season for sure!

sharon said...


Anonymous said...

There is a great season ahead for you. Just stay positive and confident :)