MAYBE I'M MEANT FOR TRIATHLON?
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.