Yesterday, I was officially cleared to bike for 40 or so minutes after almost a month in a walking cast. Although my foot isn’t completely pain-free, it’s definitely improving.
As exciting as it is to finally be able to work out again, I’ve found that the hardest part about this is being careful. Aka easing back into it. It’s easy to slip back into old athletic habits — for just three months ago I was able to bike for eight or so hours at a steady pace — and now I have to start at forty minutes.
There are better things ahead after any injury 🙂
This morning while my team was lifting weights, Sophia and I had to bike because of our foot injuries. It was tempting after the slight rush after being able to really work out again to push it some more and so another workout after — but I resisted. I’ve found that too many times after long races I’ve rushed and pushed too hard — resulting in injury.
As tempting as it is to rush back into things, take it slow. Your body will appreciate it later!
I’m hoping to be back in the boat soon. Although for now I’ll have to settle for short bikes and ab sets. But hey, it’s better than nothing!
Here are some resources for those of you trying to successfully ease back into activity after an injury 🙂
8 Tips to Make a Strong Comeback to Running After an Injury | Adjusting Your Triathlon Season and Training Plan for Injuries | Staying Positive After an Injury
How do you deal with having to ease back into activity after an injury?
Injuries are the worst — especially serious ones. I always feel so badly for the athletes I see at the trainer or otherwise who have serious long-term injuries that prevent them from competing.
However, annoying, nagging, and unexpected injuries can also be a source of frustration.
I walked into the side of a door after lunch last week (yes, cue the uncoordinated jokes, haha) and ended up cutting off part of my toe — which then turned into a foot injury from me walking on it in an improper fashion. So… now I’m in a boot for a week. Nothing but abs and upper body lifting for me for a bit! Which has been annoying. But, it has also put things into perspective — that it’s nothing too serious. (Hopefully) it’ll only be a week or so long ordeal.
My boot 😦
I’m super disappointed that I have to miss my team’s first race this weekend, but I’m also glad that I’ll be able to nip this injury in the bud before it becomes something more serious.
I think the key to annoying, unexpected injuries like these is just to stay positive. It’ll be back to normal soon. 🙂
Have you had an unexpected or annoying injury lately? How has it affected your training? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.