At least two people told me they knew I would see my injury as an opportunity. I have. Not being able to run or bike or do much else the past week has allowed me to concentrate on swimming, physical therapy and taking care of myself. I cancelled my races through the beginning of October so my triathlon season is over for this year. I was initially disappointed but as Sam and I have been working on refining my stroke, I realized that this gives me time to really concentrate on swimming as well as running and biking when I can do those activities again. I’m learning how to swim longer distances without breathing. What a concept – and I can swim faster. I know I will be better for this injury in the end. Sounds kind of odd, but I think it is true.
I’ve been going to physical therapy and have progressed already. Today I did lunges again. On Friday I was able to do squats. I know…so exciting and crazy. But if you have ever torn your hamstring and are a runner, you know that it is exciting. My doctor told me three weeks. I see him again on Wednesday so I’ll see what he says. Probably three weeks.
Ok, so it’s a hand bike, not an arm cycle. I just have a mental block with this machine. It is probably because I had to do it when I was injured the last time and could not see the opportunity in the injury. It was a very discouraging time and the hand bike just reminds me of that. Now that I have figured that out, I can face it again. My sister asked me what it was so here is a picture just for her.
As I look back, that injury was an opportunity as well. I had to sink to a pretty low place and realize what I really needed to do to change my life. Sometimes I am slow. I’m glad I finally caught on though because life is much better now.