25 Aug 2013

The LONG road back to racing!

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The days of experiencing pain every single time I put my foot on the ground are finally behind me. With this in the past, and having been 12 months since I last race (Ironman New York 2012) it’s now time to get my head back in the game and patiently return to a level of fitness and strength that will see me racing professionally again. It’s not an easy road, but no one ever said it would be. There are also no shortcuts, as I found out last week, having tried to throw myself into a higher volume of training too quickly. As a result I fell ill, and now find my fitness about a month behind where I was before falling ill. A hard lesson, although not a new one, and a good reminder that patience is my friend.

I find it hard to write an update when I have nothing to report from a racing perspective, whilst all of my team mates are achieving success around the world. Despite this, I know it's just another challenge I have to face, and that my turn will come with time.

Having spent the majority of 2013 being restricted to swimming, I’m happy to report that my list of “activities” has increased dramatically! Each plays an important role in my return to fitness, and at the same time rehabilitation of my leg. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past few weeks:

Swimming:

I continue to swim a lot more than I used to, which I love! Swimming was my weakness before my injury, and I am pleased to say that I don’t think is going to be a problem when I finally return to racing. Swimming has been a big part of my life throughout the past 12 months and I find it really therapeutic.

Cycling:

I have progressed my cycling to a frequency of three sessions a week, and whilst only of 90 minutes duration I have recently commenced a build on the third session of the week. The sessions have been on an indoor turbo trainer, and I am working on riding one of these on the road. It sounds quite silly and something I never thought I’d hear myself say, but it is all about baby steps and making sure my left foot is responding well with every session. So far so good!

Gym:

Whilst I’ve been going to the gym for a few months now, I’ve now introduced legwork into my program and even commenced some very basic plyometric exercises last week. The difference in strength in my left to right leg is obvious, although I’m sure it won’t take too long to even them up. It feels like such a huge step to be working on regaining some strength, and brings me one step closer to resuming running.

Walking and cross-trainer:

As Brett once said to me, you can’t run until you can walk. Now being out of that smelly moon boot and having regained some muscle in my foot, I can finally walk more than 5 minutes and am enjoying getting outside for some walks. This will form an important part of my rehab, and I’m combining this with some time on the cross-trainer (elliptical) to get some additional cardio work into my week.

So although my return to racing is going to be a frustratingly long journey, as you can see here it’s finally moving along! I may occasionally be taking two steps forward and one step back, but at least I’m heading in the right direction! I have plans to enter a team in some of the upcoming Australian events, which I will enjoy as an introduction back to racing; at least until I am back running and have my fitness up to scratch. I will also be in Kona working for Trizone Women, the triathlon site for females that I have taken on the role as editor. More on this later, please visit and support the site when you get a chance www.trizonewomen.com

Hope to see everyone at a race in the near future!

Christie x

 

 

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