I've been icing, resting and recovering for a few days now, and already I'm itching to start training. This could be both a good thing and a bad thing. I have yet to go see my orthopedic doctor, so I don't have a full diagnosis on my knee yet. However, each day gets better and my range of motion gets a little better. This makes me think positive about it being mostly just a bad strain or a slight sprain of a ligament as well as the small fracture seen in my x-rays.
Most of my time has been sent sitting on the couch icing. Probably the best idea, but with the weather we're having in the Midwest, I can't help but want to be out running.
I've been trying to think positive through my injury so far as it's in a decent part of off season per say. I wanted to be doing mostly base building and cross training, but honestly rest could be good as well. I'm mostly itching to be out skiing. If I weren't so involved with triathlons, I'd say I'd be a compete ski bum. Seeing what skiing could be like to do every day before or after work is truly amazing.
But, there's still something about endurance training that gets deep inside me a little more than skiing. I think it's the pure freedom and individual achievements I reach with each session. But I feel the same way with skiing too. Except seeing so many others out on the hills with me. Maybe being out in the backcountry more I can find the same sense of freedom I find in those long runs or rides I do. Just me and nature. Having a conversation about whatever I feel like.
Being hurt for the past few days has given me a little more time with family and honestly feel a little less stressed from planning out each day for training, work, eating, family, and rest. Right now, it's family and rest. And it feels good.
Not that being injured is good by any means, but this forced time off makes me enjoy the smaller things in life. Spending a whole day with my wife, honestly doing nothing, is amazing. Celebrating my brothers birthday with my family, same thing. I'm not worried about getting up before everyone on Saturday or Sunday to get my training in before the regular day starts. I'm not saying I want it to stay like this, succumb to the laziness. But for a few days or a week, it feels really good.
I'd highly recommend it to anyone feeling overworked, tired, or stressed from the rigors of high amounts of training. It will make those days of competition that much more special.
Remember those who are sacrificing their lives for your endeavors besides you. After all, they'll be the ones cheering you on when the race starts at the crack of dawn, and be there hours later when you cross the finish line.