After the Ironman South Africa I had a really bad feeling: while crossing the finish line I knew that I can’t walk anymore. At the beginning I hoped it’s just sore from the race but deep inside I was sure that it is more: the last week in SA was really hard because I wanted to do things which I normally can’t do but instead I became a couch potato. Back home in Germany I went straight to the doc and he found out that it’s a stress fracture! The hardest thing of all: I wasn’t only able to walk but couldn’t cycle either! That was tough – so, I went to the pool and spent many miles in it;-) Good for a bad swimmer like me – but after so many miles I even got slower. My head sank more down – but Brett and Jo always say we have to train for a long term goal! So, don’t think too much about it and back into the water. Luckily for 1 week now I’m able to cycle again (after 4 weeks of doing almost nothing) and at the beginning it felt like I’ve done no training before but it’s coming back again! Now after 2 days of hard cycling and only 1 recovery swim, the feeling in the water is there again and the times are getting better – yeappiee – one step in the right direction!
Now we’re 2 invalids at home: Jo has still some small problems because of the bike crash a few months ago and I can’t walk, esp. downstairs. So we try to build one body: those things which one of us isn’t able to do, the other part has to jump in and take over the task. It’s an up and down but we’re both looking forward to run again in a few weeks and hopefully we can still have some great races later this season!
Beside: one thing is good about it: I’ve a little bit more time for other things;-) And it seems our new pet knows this = our crazy sparrow: