During my year of Ironman training (Oct 2012 - Oct 2013), I went through a lot of ups and downs. But I kept going...through all the falls, through all the work conflicts, through all the long work hours, I persevered. I scheduled my workouts throughout the day and did them. I got up 4 or 5 AM to make sure I got my workouts in during the day - on weekdays and weekends. I proved to myself that a full-time working mom (with spousal support) can get the training in to complete an Ironman distance triathlon. I went through one year of training and through many things that could have made me quit:
December - I fell ice skating and bruised by tailbone - ouch!!! - couldn't run for 3 weeks.
Feb - I fell in my house and sprained my wrist - ouch!!! - couldn't swim for 3 weeks.
March - My work schedule completely changed - unable to do workouts in the morning. I had to rearrange all my workouts.
May/June - I was assigned to a new project at work and started working 60 hr/weeks for the next 8 weeks or so. My days were long - 5 AM to 9 PM at night. I scheduled workouts throughout the day to make sure I got them in. This also made me take a break during the day and step away from my work.
August - I stubbed my toe on the wall chasing my son. yet again - Ouch!!! That one hurt really bad - I knew when it happened it wasn't a normal stub, but worse.
Turns out I fractured my toe - spiral fracture. I was unable to run for 7 weeks. I kept swimming and biking though, even right after it happened. I did 60 mins on trainer the next day and boy did that hurt. It took me 4 days to go to doctor to get X-ray - I think I was in denial.
It was the Broken Toe that finally made me withdraw from the Ironman. After 7 weeks without being able to run, I decided that I could not comfortably finish the Ironman. Most people are doing 18/20 miles right now...and I am doing 3-5 miles as I build my running base back up.
I did keep biking/swimming/strength training during those 7 weeks. I did the same number of weekly hours as planned, just lots and lots of biking. I did a 64 mile bike ride with the broken toe. It was my right toe and I usually clip in and out with my right leg. It hurt too bad to clip in and out with my right foot, so I used my left foot to clip in and out. This was kind of awkward, but I did it. I was very proud of myself. My right foot was numb during the entire ride because the shoe was too tight due to swollen toe.
On Oct 1st I was able to finally run 3 miles - 3 slow miles and the toe didn't hurt, although the foot didn't feel quite normal yet. I couldn't image running 26 miles. The cutoff date to get a refund was Oct 3rd. In retrospect, maybe I should not have withdrawn. Maybe I should have done it? But I knew the last 23 miles would have been the Ironman Shuffle.....I don't know - it was a tough decision.
So, now I have a new goal - Full Vineman 2013!