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Try-a-Tri Training Update

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

THE PLAN

Jan - register for Try-a-Tri race

Jan-Jun - train.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jun - finish my race in under l hour emoticon

THE ACTUAL

Jan - registered for Try-a-Tri

Feb - developed a foot injury, 1 week after that I aggravated an existing neck/back injury (I have a mild herniation of a disc in my neck). Was not able to train for most of the month.

Mar - struggled with getting back into training through the foot pain. DH traveled for most of the month.

Apr - Podiatrist appointment confirmed I have Plantar Fascitis with heel spurs in both feet. Orthotics were recommended, and I accepted the recommendation. DH traveled for the first half of the month. I started pool training, but frustration and stress and scheduling difficulty led me to give up before I had barely gotten started. Barely started outdoor bike training because I have my little guy home with me and my bike trailer is broken....DH is working on fixing it when he has time. Depression set in, exacerbated by DH's traveling, increased volunteer comittments, kids sports starting up....I fell off the wagon HARD. terrible eating habits set back in. going to the gym fell to the bottom of the priority list.

May - $500 poorer I picked up my orthotics & had hope that I would be able to kick my training back up several notches and be ready for my race in 30 days. DH traveled for a half of the month

It's been 2 weeks since I picked up my orthotics, and I have not been able to get used to them as quickly as I had hoped. The orthotic is basically reshaping my foot, and with that comes soreness. After wearing them for a few hours my foot aches - certain movements are hard. I can't squat for more than a few seconds without pain, and long walks (like yesterdays 8.5km) end in the same pain I had before the orthotics, presumably because while the orthotic supports my weak plantar muscle, the muscle is still being forced to do something it's not strong enough for, so it hurts.

It's going to take more time to get through this.

For the last week I have been really struggling - should I compete in my race knowing that I am not really ready for it? Should I do it anyway in the hope that I can finish & get that feeling of having done something great, even though I won't have done my best? Or will I walk away from that experience feeling like I've failed? Will I once again be telling myself that I set myself up for failure?

Yesterday I decided not to compete in the Try-a-Tri.

But I am not just walking away, hanging my head. I didn't withdraw from the race, I transferred my registration (for a $10 fee) to the Try-a-Tri in September. This gives me 3 months to get used to my orthotic & get back running, get back on track at the gym, get my bike trailer fixed so I can get some serious biking in over the summer, and practice open water swimming at the lake.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. I'm not giving up.

My new race date is September 1st, which will be the 8th anniversary of my daughter Kaitlyn's death. What better way to mark that date, than by celebrating life, embracing life, living life. Losing my baby girl has taught me how precious life is - my joy is strong.

I am going to DO this. And if I fall an eighth time, I will stand up nine. On September 1st, I will be on that starting line come hell or high water. There is no third chance, this is it.

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  • NUOVAELLE
    Halfway through your blog I wanted to advise you not to compete in that race. And it shouldn't be considered quitting. It's just life getting in the way. But I'm so glad that there was this alternative! And what an alternative!
    I believe, in life everything happens for a reason. Your new race day is on a day that you will never forget. And on this day, your mind will be filled with memories which will remind you what a strong person you've become after the loss of your baby girl. Her memory will push you to the finishing line before you know it.
    I was so glad to see you here again. You've been really missed.
    Now, I hope this foot heals quickly and you manage to get back to your training soon.
    Take care of yourself.
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    3199 days ago
  • INIT2LIVEIT
    What an incredible way of celebrating her memory. With such incentive I have no doubt you will push through and give your best shot.
    Good luck with the training and keep us posted :)
    3199 days ago
  • LADYPJAY
    I want you to know that I have missed you and not knowing what was going on, I had been praying for you. I may have told you that September 1st is also the day of my son's birthday. He is the brother to my daughter who went to Heaven on 11/9/08. I wish you well with your healing and stress and training. I am going to order a sample of Nopalea, a natural drink made from cactus fruit. I will let you know what I think. It is supposed to help with inflammation. It may help with your pains. emoticon
    3200 days ago
  • VICKLET31
    I'm so proud of you! I was worried there for a minute when I thought you might do the race in a couple of weeks with pain, but I am glad you found a way to still compete!!!! I know you will do great come September!!!!!!
    3200 days ago
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