It was just a couple of months ago that I was burned out, unmotivated and dying for a break. Now that I’m semi-benched and missing out on running, I am going a little stir crazy. It’s been a month now since Ironman New Zealand, and I am feeling a bit lost. There are three components to triathlons, and I am missing one of the essential pieces. For the time being, I am able to still bike and swim, but I really miss running. Running is my release. Last summer, every day after work, I would look forward to the days I could just go run and lose myself, get that runner’s high. So yes, the grass is always greener. I’ve had my over share of a break from training and now I am chomping at the bit to get back into some serious work outs and start focusing on the races over the summer.
On Wednesday, I will be meeting with a sports focused physical therapist at Presidio Sport & Medicine in San Francisco. Hopefully they can shed some light on what the heck is going on with my knee and how we can fix it. The most frustrating part of this whole ordeal is that my knee doesn’t hurt 99% of the time. It’s only when I run that it acts up. Hopefully that means it will be easier to fix than if it was hurting constantly.
The thing is: I’ve never really been injured before. I had some shoulder soreness back in high school when I was swimming about 21 hours a week and just had to do some kicking work outs. But after a week, I got right back to swimming and never really looked back. So this is a whole new animal for me. On the positive side, it is a great opportunity for me to focus on my cycling, which is my weakest sport. I’ve just been in sort of a funk, and was really freaking out about my knee. But I don’t know what is going on yet, so I’m trying to stay calm until I know what the issue really is. At this point, there is nothing I can do about it. I need to figure out what needs to be done in order to fix my knee. Hopefully this is a good thing for me to take some time off running and focus on cycling. It could really help in the long term.
Thanks everyone for all the positive thoughts and feedback! It’s hard to know what the right decision is about which path to take regarding my knee. But I am going to trust my coach on this one and see what the physical therapist has to say. Then decide from there if something more serious needs to be done. Will keep you all posted. Much love!