Reset Day – 37
The past month has seen much progress in my ‘recovery’ – a word I still find hard to come to terms with. I struggle to see the broken part of myself but know it has been evident in my life for a while.
The help & advice I was give by the ‘Experts’ has been followed and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel – but it has taken what seems like forever to get to where I am now. New School year will hopefully bring a new start and a refreshed me into what I love doing and feel I still have much to offer. Changes have occurred and things will be very different now – both for myself & my workplace.
So what has gone on to continue my progress and make these changes in my wellbeing – a rest from the pressures, the constant conflict situations and sadness. Instead I have literally thrown myself into my fitness training and set myself even more challenging targets – challenging but in a focused approach.
I have continued my weekly running to a regular level of distance and time but included the use of my Road Bike to develop my speed & endurance in my training. This led me to taking a ‘Challenge’ from a training buddy – I have called the #Therapist previously. The challenge being to complete in a TRIATHLON – that was agreed 9 weeks ago.
NB: The #Therapist is just a nickname not a qualification – someone that makes me smile and is easy to talk to and has made such an impact in helping me – without even knowing..
The #Therapist knows I am competitive and always willing to take up a good challenge – so I accepted, though I had not acknowledged my absence from work. (Nor have I to date … that will come in the near future.) Life had just got the refocus I was sadly missing – the piece of the jigsaw/kick up the bottom that was so needed. Without knowing what had occurred, the #Therapist has had an impact on my life – far more than they realise and I will always be forever grateful.
Now the training – this has included a number of different sports disciplines to be mastered or be proficient at – Swimming – Cycling – Running . I have always been confident to try new sports and no matter what, I would give my all. But with only 9 weeks to train for the event, plus learn the rules and get new equipment – maybe I had bitten off too much and was going to put myself under unnecessary pressures, which was the last thing I would need during this time.
Running was not going to be a problem in the slightest – especially if I was fit/injury free, as I enjoy doing that and can easily run a Half marathon.
The Bike Ride would be a minor issue that I just needed experience at doing – I can ride a bike but had difficulty using the gears for efficiency – basically spent long rides using only one gear. To help over come this I joined a local TRI group for their riding sessions and found their help and advice was fantastic. I began to ride much faster and was given the nick name of #MrOneSpeed (by the #Therapist) because I just did everything at full pace.
Swimming was my weakest discipline, having not swam for over 30years. I can swim but didn’t enjoy it so I just avoided doing it. Several times a week I would do the early morning swimming sessions at the local pool – breast stroke was going to be my training so I could build up my confidence and stamina in the pool. It worked pretty well until the pool got too busy and I struggled to get my speed up at times.
Over the past 5 weeks my training had improved significantly for me to do a few ‘Assessment’ events leading up to the TRIATHLON. I have done a couple of ‘DUATHLONS’ in order to learn the skills & apply the rules required – Transitions, equipment and protocols that I have never experienced. I was a fast learner and started to find that each different discipline in my training was improving better than I had expected. Plus as an added bonus I was now a ‘DUATHLETE’
Last week was my ‘Tapering Off’ time – shorter & easier runs/rides & swims …. Yeah Right!!! But I had been given my orders by the #Therapist – AGAIN!!! So I was being sensible-ish to take it a bit easier and train smarter. As the week went on I took more rest/recovery time and planned in almost 2 rest days before doing the TRIATHLON. (A Rest Day feels so wrong when you just don’t do anything.) I was constantly reminded by the #Therapist of the benefits gained from rest days and the improved performance I would get.
Yesterday was the TRIATHLON event and I had prepared myself the best I could – it was going to be a complete failure or an amazing experience – I was hoping for the later obviously. The 5.45am start of the journey meant an early and nervous night’s sleep was on the cards – plus the constant checking in my head of the ‘Kit List’ needed and packed in the car boot. I had received lots of support from family & friends and best wishes etc … from my training buddies. (The #Therapist took time to chat and wished me luck too.)
Then that was it – the long weeks of training had paid off, the event flashed by so quickly that I was so amazed at my own performances and unbelievably had completed it far more easily that I had thought …. I was now a TRIATHLETE ….
Now on reflection of what I had achieved under difficult circumstances over the months, I saw a newer & stronger me emerging from the experiences … I had taken the time and advice from the experts to benefit my recovery – be it in an unusual way for some. I believe that a fit body will also help a fit mind – in my case the body was fine and it was the mind that needed the support – refocused and stronger I believe I am ready to return to my normal life a much better person. (The #Therapist has given me the confidence to be me again and hold my head up high …. even if it isn’t always what I want to do.)