|ASTYM - physical therapy fun|
- First, physically you have to be healthy. My friends and I continue to brave the cold early mornings, but we aren't as young as we used to be. We often have strained muscles and have added some much needed recovery days and physical therapy. And yes, when you miss several weeks, it's not easy to catch up. I'm pretty sure that loading laundry up and down stairs counts for cross training if you're not fortunate enough to have a ski pass or can't afford a gym membership. For long periods of hiatus, the 10% increase per week seems to be the golden rule to avoid injury for returning to your normal mileage. Note to those who can't: be patient and listen to trained medical professionals. There is life beyond training.
- Second, and I think this is the more difficult, the mental challenge. It's hard to be patient. When you've been off, you still get to hear about others who've been killing it and having fun. It's also hard to be motivated when you're dragging. You don't have to be a competitive athlete to feel left behind. It's fun to have a pity party for a while. That's why they call it a party (albeit a pity party). But the longer you sit and procrastinate getting off the couch, the farther off the back you'll be. Perhaps you are physically healthy, but you've lost the will to do it after taking such a long break. Note to those who can: stop making excuses, those who can't would love to be in your shoes.
|My daughter on podium:|
Ice bag on foot