All this would be fine and dandy, however, during IM Arizona I managed to crash at mile 18 on the bike directly on my greater trochantar. That fall has forced me to "rest" for 5 weeks now, with pain still lingering in my hip, lower back and gluteal muscles. I can honestly say, and many of my friends and family can attest to this, "rest" is my absolute worst discipline when it comes to training. So, I guess "rest" is what I need to work on next, even though it is not necessarily what I am wanting to do. This became more clear to me as I thought about Dave's sermon at 2/42 Community Church on Christmas Eve. It was titled "Socks and Underwear", referring to the fact that often on Christmas morning we will not always get the gift we want, but the gift we need. Socks and underwear are the very things a lot of us neglect to put on a Christmas list, and we definitely don't do cartwheels when we unwrap the present, but ultimately we end up appreciating them everyday in hindsight. Now, I'm not sure how fast I will heal, or what type of recovery my hip will need if we disocover a serious injury, but I'm sure in hindsight I will see this forced period of "rest" as an opportunity.
Opportunity is only that though. There are many opportunities in life that come and go throughout our lives, and it is our choice to decide how we percieve them. Sometimes we take an opportunity and use it to enrich an area of our life or someone else's for the good. Other times, we may see a situation as negative and completely miss the lesson the could have been learned . I guess it's more a matter of perspective. Quite honestly, right now I'm struggling to be positive but I need to remember that there are many things i can do while my hip and shoulder recover. I once told a friend while he recovered from a knee operation that he could improve his nutritional discipline, because nutrition is the fifth discipline of triathlons in addition to swimming, biking, running, and resting. So taking my own advice, this is probably a great time for me to do this very thing and overcome a slight sugar addiction and avoid any winter weight gain. Secondly, the time I usually dedicate towards training can now be dedicated towards all the busy work that I need to eventually complete for the summer camps, training programs, and organizing the triathlon team's season. Speaking of which, training with the triathlon team begins in March, so feel free to contact me if you are interested.
So, what is the plan now....I guess we'll wait and see