…and swims…and swims a little more!
Last time I wrote here I was contemplating beating my monthly total from last month. Being in competition with yourself is the best kind of competition in my opinion🙃 not to mention that I am doing all sorts of things to help me maintain my triathlon sanity while I recover. You don’t realise how much you love something until it’s gone….true story in many respects.
Six weeks review…
I had my six weeks review at the hospital and I’m delighted to report that all is going well. I saw the x–Ray of my DHS and I thought it was pretty cool if I’m honest. Seeing this piece of metal squeezing my bone together to make it heal mad me think of the person who created it and the first time they tried it out on some poor person. The fitting of a DHS is not for the faint hearted😳
Thankfully everything is looking well and I am free to get rid of the crutches. Well, they said wean off the crutches. That’s the same thing as throw it in the boot of the car and DRIVE (finally) like you were never injured isn’t it?🤪 although I have to admit I am partly missing being chauffeured. I’ve had some great chats and moments with my drivers lately and I will miss that. My kiddos are glad to have me back driving and collecting them from school though.
Stepping forward is progress
Progress on many fronts. Lots and lots of physio. I can’t speak highly enough of my physio. He really believes in where I want to go and is super enthusiastic about getting me there. He understands my personality & is super patient with my gazillion questions. We know the outcome we want to achieve and we are taking steps toward that goal consistently. I’m not under any illusion but I know it will be a long road, for now I’m going to focus on being happy with every achievement no matter how minor it may seem on the outside.
All these little steps are making my heart sing right now. If I could ask you, dear reader, to do one thing for me this week it’s to remind yourself that you are great. We compare ourselves too much to others achievements (especially with social media) and often don’t stop to acknowledge our own. If you swam two lengths in a row of a pool for the first time, acknowledge that and say well done. It’s two more than you could do before. If you walked/ran a 5k, pat yourself on the back. Well done. If you went out for a walk after debating with yourself about whether or not you could go a walk, then super well done to you. If you took part in any of the events over the weekend,well done on getting out there (Kilkenny duathlon peeps, super well done👍🏻). If you PB’d on a run this weekend YAY!! (Those of you logging the miles marathon training, I’m your biggest cheerleader right now, especially a lovely lady up north 😉 I’m so inspired living vicariously through your stories!) If you stayed at home minding and spending quality time with your family, huge well done, that’s some very important time right there. No matter what it is, big or small. Acknowledge it to yourself and tell yourself you’re great. If you come across anyone who has achieved something, no matter how small, take the time to tell them well done😊
Them bones them bones need calcium
An update on my son who was in competition with me for best broken bone award, he is having a superb recovery. He has already been back out running, can’t go back training yet (his beloved boxing) but I’m beyond impressed with how quickly he is healing. In an effort to heal as a fast as possible he is even drinking green smoothies every morning and actually taking on my nutrition advice. Anything to get back training 😂
Everytime I go to physio I take time to absorb the view. It’s where I hope to be swimming this summer. Well, half of the event. The full swim is 4Km and I’m hoping to do the 2km. I’m going to be working hard on my open water fear to accomplish this one. It’s a huge challenge for me, but I’m so grateful to have something training wise to focus on. Open water swimming is just a tad different to the pool 😂 even though I’ve done it (swimming in the sea) the fear when it’s quite big doesn’t just disappear, so I’m preparing myself to get comfy with just doing it afraid. I have a fab friend who is an incredible swimmer who is going to do it with me. She isn’t too in love with the sea either but an excellent swimmer. I’m still not sure how I managed to convince her 😂
A few random things from the last few weeks
If you have a few hours spare over Easter, go see this…Heartwarming & it won’t ruin your childhood memories of the movie. It’s really good.
I watched this Courtney Dauwalter documentary as recommended on another blog. If you’re interested in ultra running it’s a great watch. I could never in a million years imagine running that distance (200 miles) but it was inspiring to watch.
Any of you watch the live of Ironman Africa? I did and was thrilled to see Lucy Charles win again. What an athlete!! The swim was cut short due to very choppy seas and sadly two amateur athletes passed away during the swim😢…it was quite incredible to see these athletes swim. Especially Lucy Charles. I don’t think I even fully realized the danger of the open water swim until I saw the reports that the athletes had passed. May they RIP🙏🏻
I’m currently reading David Goggin’s book “Can’t hurt me” any of you read it? I’m convinced that man cannot feel pain! He certainly doesn’t believe in giving up that’s for sure.
Here she goes with the questions 🙃
What have you done these last few weeks that made your heart sing?
Have you achieved something but failed to acknowledge it to yourself because you saw others do it “better”?
Tell me your baby step toward a goal. No matter how small, I’d love to hear it 😊
Wishing you all a lovely week 😁