Broken, Beaten & Scarred

It’s fair to say that I’m two from three in the title. The last couple of weeks haven’t been a great lead up ahead of York Triathlon. Training has been hampered by a back problem which has meant training has been difficult. To say that it has been frustrating is an understatement which was epitomised last Thursday when I went out for a run and ended up having to sit on the roadside as I felt like someone has stuck a knife in at the base of my spine – not a good feeling when you’ve got less than 2 weeks to go until a triathlon!

Even though I might be feeling broken, I’m definitely not beaten. The back pain meant that running had to be taken off the training plan until it recovers so training moved to focus on the other two disciplines that were lying in wait for 14 July – swimming and cycling. The last few days have been much more productive as I’ve been swimming three times and have easily covered more than double the distance required in the pool which is reassuring. My swimming won’t be breaking any records but at least I can get through it without any impact on my back.

Yesterday, after my third swim session in three days, it was time to burn some rubber and see how I could cope with 18km of cycling. My cycle computer confirmed that it had been far too long since I had last been out on two wheels, but it felt like I hadn’t been away as I made my way out of the village. 10km soon passed and it was only in the last couple of kms that my back started to ache and then the end was in sight. In hindsight I should have probably drunk more on the ride as it was still quite hot but that’s a lesson for next weekend. All in all, I felt like I could have gone further and should be able to trim some of the time off on closed roads as I won’t have to stop for traffic and get going again.

After a recovery massage on Sunday night, I was still feeling pretty good and much more positive about what was ahead. In the week to come I should be able to get more cycling and swimming training in but will have to see how my back is before I venture out running again. The run leg is going to be the hardest bit, which was always going to be the case, but it won’t beat me even if I have to crawl!

The funk of the last few weeks has been replaced by a healthier outlook after a few days of positive efforts so hopefully that will continue for the next week so that I’m as ready as I can be when I get to the starting line. My body might be broken but my spirit is back!

Higher, further, faster


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