Thursday, March 4, 2010
Finding that Silver Lining
2010 is flying by already and we're already well into the month of March! Does anyone else feel the way I do... that the older I get, the faster time floats by? Hmmm...
I am 85% over my flu with but still a few lingering symptoms of feeling crappy. This is the worst case of sickness I've had since I can remember and I hope not to have a repeat performance anytime soon! As I look for the silver lining in this cloud, I do see one ... it makes me appreciate even more the times I feel really good. It's so easy to fall into the trap of feeling entitled to be able to use your body as an athlete and make it go further and faster in training and in racing. You can take it all so much for granted...until an injury or serious illness derails your health in an instant and all of a sudden, you go from being active to sedentary. It's a harsh reminder that we're all so vulnerable, no matter how 'fit' and 'healthy' we think we are.
I remember years ago I used to give pre-race talks to my athletes at Ironman events and one of the things I always pointed out to them was to have a sense of gratitude out there on the race course. That no matter how horrible they felt at times during the race, to be grateful they were able to use their bodies to take on the challenge... because it won't be this way forever. I think this concept resonates with all athletes who push themselves to their limits.
So, today I going to try and get out for a short bout of low intensity "post illness" training and start regaining my lost fitness, getting ready for my Tucson camp next week. I know I'll have a great appreciation today for my improved health and ability to ride my bike, if even very slowly at first.:)