Fall break


Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,

I hurt my knee back in June. At the end of a long day on my feet I stepped out of the cargo van full of empty peach boxes; the final task of the day – take the empty boxes to the recycling container. My left leg buckled on the concrete and hyperextended. I limped for a day or two, but stuck with my training.

Over the next few months my knee and ligaments behind my knee grew increasingly sore. Each morning I limped when I got out of bed. Eventually I began skipping bike rides and runs, hoping that a day or two off might help.

But the soreness and pain persisted.

So I’ve finally given in and am resting now.

I haven’t run or ridden my bike in almost two weeks. That’s my original commitment; two weeks. Two weeks is hard.

If the pain is still there then I’ll take a month.

Now’s the time though. As much as I love being out in the fall weather on my bike or on a long run I’d rather be injured now than in the late winter/spring when the season is approaching.

I’m reminded again that “we’re surfing an undulating sea, not walking a set path.” That this temporary set back will, if I allow it, be a catalyst for greater success. Sometimes in life we go through the motions just because “it’s what we do.” I swim. I bike. I run.

Sometimes though we go through the motions from a place of habit and monotony – not from motivation.

I accept physical activity as a good gift in my life, but I’m reminded that I can’t cling to it.

Not running and riding is energizing me. While a month ago I was dreading my workouts, I can’t wait to be able to do them now. Whether it’s next week or next month.

the meantime I’m swimming a lot. Lifting weights again. And using the extra time working on my flexibility and stretching.

I’m also relaxing more. And allowing my body to heal, while my mind builds itself up and refocuses on my original goal. That sub-5:30 half ironman.

Rest and recovery and reflection are part of the big picture. They counter balance hard work, effort, and focus.

I’m enjoying my break.

I love you,
– Daddy


Mon: Back and shoulders workout
Tues: Swam 1200
Wed: Chest Workout
Thurs: Swam 1200 / Biceps and Triceps workout

Fri: Swam 1000