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Get Back on the Horse? Miami 70.3

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.

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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.

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13 Responses to Get Back on the Horse? Miami 70.3

  1. Whatever you decide to do, we will support you.
    That being said. Get back on that horse! (If your body allows) this is one of those opportunities outside of your comfort zone. Conquer the fear and you will
    inspire more women than you will ever know.
    The one who falls and gets back up is so much stronger than the one who never fell.

    • Vanessa Law at #

      Thanks Skye!

  2. Kristina Sinclair at #

    Wow! So scary, and so glad you are okay. Don’t let this derail all your dedication and training. I am a proponent of listening to your body, and if this week is not the week to get back on……. don’t. Wait a week, or a few weeks or a month. But set a goal of when you are going to try again. You will thank yourself for persevering and teach your children a good lesson. Hugs!

    • Vanessa Law at #

      I agree that it is a good lesson for my kids too Kristina! I definitely want to get back… I think 😉

  3. meredith maguire at #

    I’m glad you are okay. But I think that (pain allowing) you should get on that horse! I think that if you don’t do now, you’ll keep finding reasons to stay away from the horse. Do it, and change your expectations. Maybe don’t do it a s a “race,” but as an accomplishment. I’ve gone through all this, but I can still conquer my fear, etc sort of thing. Good luck and let me know if you need a swim buddy!

    • Vanessa Law at #

      Thanks so much Meredith! I agree, if I stay off the horse too long I’ll definitely just find more reasons not to get back on.

  4. Tiffany at #

    I admire you for even getting on a bike. Bike races terrify me and well I can’t ride a bike so that may be why BUT I think you should definitely go forward. If you have medical clearance then do it! It sounds like you put a lot into this and even if you don’t beat your previous time knowing you pushed through to finish will be just as rewarding.

    • Vanessa Law at #

      Thanks Tiffany! The encouragement really helps 🙂

  5. Jennifer at #

    Omg, just read this and glad you are ok! That had to be so scary. If you are physically able to do the race I think you should do it or you will probably regret it later on! You have put in so much time to get here.

    • Vanessa Law at #

      I think I’d regret it too. No point in wasting training 😉 Thanks Jennifer!

  6. Chrissy at #

    Vanessa,
    I knew you a bike fall, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. I’m so sorry and glad you are ok. So scary. I have a feeling you won’t back down, I think you’re a lot tougher than you think. Look at all you’ve already accomished! I myself am hoping to get back into it soon, look forward to training with you again! 🙂 Chrissy

    • Vanessa Law at #

      I some how missed this post Chrissy! Thanks so much, I’d love to train with you again! How are you doing????

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