“the crash”

A re-enactment of crash - I gave the peace signal that I was already for some reason

A re-enactment of crash – I gave the peace signal that I was already for some reason

 

I managed a smile in our post ride photo - little did I know that the helmet was cracked at the back and I was about to have 3 days of concussion...

I managed a smile in our post ride photo – little did I know that the helmet was cracked at the back and I was about to have 3 days of concussion…

So what the heck am I talking about. Well it kind of goes like this.

Girls decides to do a triathlon, doesn’t do particularly well but feels the coolest she has in years. Girl gets addicted to triathlon, buys all the gear along with a ridiculously expensive bike and colour coordinating kit and helmet. Girl signs up for a 70.3 after only doing 2 sprint triathlons. Girl does well. Girl gets an online coach and goes to Australia for 2 months – trains like a beast. Girl starts doing some races and gets on the podium twice. Girl gets cocky – thinks she’s awesome. Girl moves to the USA. Girl falls apart, gets injuries, falls off bike while stationary – and then has the biggest crash for absolutely no good reason – breaking favourite (and expensive) Fluro Pink Rudy Project Helmet and obtaining a concussion.

the devastation - no matching fluro pink helmet with my fitchick Amanda at Eagleman - it saved my head though

the devastation – no matching fluro pink helmet with my fitchick Amanda at Eagleman – it saved my head though

So is that the end of the story – no way.

After “the crash” I had to take 2 full days off training and maintain a pretty low heart rate for about a week to ensure that I was fully recovered from my mild concussion. I think this was the rest I was needing and I bounced back in to my training with enthusiasm and energy for the last 12 days. I have had some of the best session so far and am feeling quite good (considering). Wish I didn’t need to bang my head to get this outcome – oh well.

I now have just under 3 weeks till Eagleman 70.3. Realistically the likelihood of me showing up to that race as well conditioned and prepared as I was for Abu Dhabi International in March aren’t great. But I have luckily been able to test my mental toughness over the last 8 weeks, and with a few ups and downs I have managed to keep going and keep trying and to stay strong.

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It’s not the fall that defines you, it’s how well you recover and get back up from the falls and set-backs that we all face from time to time. I think this has been a great lesson that will only make my triathlon racing better. Hopefully next time I don’t need to hit my head quite that hard to realise when I need some rest and recovery time.

Keeping Tri’ing Chicks x

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About leylap

Born in Australia, ran away with the Royal Australian Navy when I was 18. Travelled the world, ran out of money. Ended up in the United Arab Emirates in 2001. Married and American, somehow ended up in America - craving to be back out in the world again!. Oh and I do triathlon as a cheaper form of therapy!

Posted on May 21, 2014, in Bike, Motivation, racing, Sports Psychology, triathlon and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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