When I was a child I was in a bad sledding accident. I hit a tree, slipped into a coma and was paralized for a short period of time. I never got on a sled or went down a mountain of snow again.
I am not a “Get back on the horse” kind of person. I’m barely a “Do it the first time” kind of person, at least for physical activity. That sledding accident kept me out of sports my whole life until I began running in my 30’s.
Am I any different now?
A little over a week ago I had a biking accident while training for my Miami 70.3 race. I made a stupid mistake; I panicked when I went to stop and pulled my front brakes harder than my back and ended up flipping over my handle bars. The little incident costed me a ride in the ambulance to the ER for x-rays.
I had an angel with me that day because although I landed on my head and broke my helmet, I had no major injuries. A few lacerations and sore muscles but no broken bones or concussion. Amazing.
It’s been a slower recovery than I expected for not breaking any bones. I can’t really lift my arm or put any pressure on it and I’m still in constant pain.
Miami is in 6 weeks and of course I now have another injury that will keep me from training 100% for this race too! I have already lost a week of training and will most likely lose another. So very frustrating.
Lots of people get back on the horse. Tons of athletes train through the pain. But there is one little difference…
I’m not a pro athlete! I’m doing this to push my body and myself and to have a big goal, but not to destroy my body so I can’t continue racing or just swimming and biking for fun in another 20 years.
At first I wanted to just sell my bike. Then I thought, well, I’ll just do a different race. Now I’m thinking, maybe I can get back on the horse but I’ll be lucky to beat my previous time.
But is it worth it?
I’ve always been more of a “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again” person. I always set education and career goals… But those never led to rides in an ambulance to the ER.
Would you get back on the horse? Have you gotten back on the horse? I’m starting to think an air conditioned gym is just where I belong.