Therapy and The Future

This game is a good for metaphor for triathlon for so many reasons.

While I was in Coeur d’Alene, a few of us played the board game, SORRY !If you are familiar with this game, you are aware that by the luck of the draw, you could be close to a win, only to have your game pieces bumped back to the start.

That’s a bit how I’m feeling right now. Yesterday marked 4 weeks since my accident and Friday will be the one-month anniversary.

At the beginning, I felt like I was making great progress, bulldozing ahead as I do with most things in my life. I had ditched the sling for everyday use 2 weeks after the accident, come off my pain medication, continued to run in my sling, and even rode my bike out on the road on the 4th of July.  I was feeling great about my progress.

Riding in the glorious Chelan sunshine.

July 5th was my first day of physical therapy and where I was sent back to start. my PT crushed my spirit by placing me back into my sling for another 1.5 weeks. No more running or biking on the road. Boo.

Each PT appointment has been excruciating—the pain sends me running for ibuprofen every time. The next day, my shoulder is usually still sore. On day 3, I feel great and am reassured that I am actually making progress, but then I have to go back and the cycle starts over again.

I do have a request though. If you haven’t seen my shoulder in real life yet, please don’t gasp in horror when you do It’s going to look like this for the rest of my life and I’m still coming to terms with it. Please don’t call it a horn or call me Quasimodo (both have happened.) Thank you.

Now! I do have some exciting things to look forward to. I’m racing next weekend at the Seafair Sprint Triathlon! I won’t be cleared for biking on the road or swimming by then, so I’m doing the run leg of a relay. I’m thrilled to be competing in any capacity.

I am also now officially signed up for IRONMAN COZUMEL!! I’m bib number 2188, and I can’t wait! The race is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have some really big dreams for the race. I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures from years past and it looks absolutely beautiful. I’m really happy to have a new long term/big goal on the horizon!! Now, I have to go brush up on my spanish! First phrase? ‘On your left—¡a la izquierda!’

¡Adios amigos!

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4 Responses to Therapy and The Future

  1. I am THRILLED to hear that you’ve registered for IM Cozumel! Wonderful! It will make painful shoulder rehab much more tolerable, to have that to look forward to.

    I am completely down in the dumps myself, have to take care of various other life complexities before I can really make a decision about whether to get a foundation slot for 2012 or wait till 2013 (pros and cons for each, as I was agonizing about on my blog) – I HATE HATE HATE not being able to make decisions immediately, but in this case I don’t think I’ll really know till February or so what it will be. However I do have a very nice race to look forward to in September, that is assuming I do not GET SICK AGAIN (have now lost all confidence in respiratory system):

    • carlsincharge says:

      Woah! That race looks intense and really fun! I will be excited to hear about that! I know you are struggling with what to do about a future Ironman, and its definitely not convenient that we all have to decide so far in advance! That would definitely be the advantage of being a pro! I will be excited to hear what you decide though.

      Stay healthy! So easy to say, right?

      I am bummed about all the summer racing I’m missing right now and that the peak of my Ironman training will be done in cold, rainy weather (again). I just try to keep thinking about how good that 84-degree water will feel. It isn’t a great course for me since the bike is so flat and it is so warm, but I really wanted another shot at it before the end of the year and before I have to age up to 30-34. Hopefully, the wait will be worth it and the outcome will be better!

  2. JulieVK says:

    Best of luck with your therapy. Can’t wait to hear about Cozumel!

    • carlsincharge says:

      Thanks! I still have a looooong way to go, but I’m dedicated to doing the work. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Cozumel so that is encouraging. I just have to sell off my old race wheels to afford the plane ticket!

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