What I Have Learned Since My Bike Spill
Since I began my journey almost three years ago, I have had my fair share of ups and downs, but this latest set back has been by far the most limiting in what I can do. As much as I want to do some physical activity, I do worry about sweat get in and around my casts. Also, because showering is such a production, having to shower each day would be just too much.
Never at anytime in my life, have I had so much ideal time. I do try to make the most of the time, spending a lot of it reading about subjects that interest me, but you can only do so much of one thing before it gets boring. The great fall weather we have been having has not helped with me desire to be outside running or biking. It is funny how I look forward to a trip to the dentist, doctor or shopping, none of which I like, just so I can be out of the house for a little while.
Like all the other times I have had a set back, I try to learn something. Below in no particular order is what I have learned so far.
1. It is ok to ask for help from family and friends. I let my male ego get in the way of letting people help me, when I should have accepted offers of help.
2. Though our health care system may not be perfect, when called upon, it works very well. I am certainly greatful to all those medical professionals both here in Ontario and British Columbia that put me back together.
3. Given the extent of my injuries, I had to learn that resting is ok. I did try to do a few things in the last week, only to regret it a short time later.
4. In the early stages of my recovery, that the healing process burns a lot of energy and that not fueling my body properly could come back to bite me in the butt.
5. Prior to my accident, I could not believe how well developed my calf muscles had become. It took all summer of running, riding and cross fit training to get them like that. Now when I look at them, it is like a bowl of jell-o. It does not take long to lose muscle mass.
6. I ashamed to say it, but I had not been to the dentist in 14 years. With my time off, I decided to go. I was amazed at the advancement is dental technology. No longer the scary or painful experience it once was. On the upside, I only had one small cavity.
7. In searching for things to read, I was amazed at the quantity and quality of the writting of a number of bloggers out there. I have learned so much from peoples real life experience and I hope I can translate that into by own experience.
8. YouTube is such a great resource. I have been spending a lot of time watching clips on triathlon training as well as learning how to do things on my iPad and MacBook. Google is no longer my main search engine.
9. I watched a lot of TV unfortunately and the one thing I can say for certain, is that reality TV is so far from reality it is not funny.
10. Whoever is the person that categorizes movies by genre really needs to give their head a shake. I do not know how many movies that I viewed on demand that were categorized as comedy where I did not laugh once.
11. The amount of crappy movies that are out there is unbelievable. I cannot believe how some of them got financed.
12. How expensive personal care items are for people who are physically challenge. I am glad that I have insurance that covers such items.
13. Sometimes it takes a set back like this to realize how many friends you have. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of concern and get well wishes from so many. I am truly humbled.
14. Drinking beer through a straw sucks. Really it does! I could not believe how much different a beer tastes when drinking through a straw. Not something I will ever do again.
15. You would be surprised how much you can do even with a couple of broken wrists. Where there is a will, there is a way!
Fun Gift From My Tri Friends
If the stars align and everything goes as planned, I should be back to semi-normal by mid November. On the up side, the right cast will be removed on October 29th, which will give me more freedom and mobility. I have already met with my physiotherapist to start planning my return to training and she believes that it will not take long to get my joints back into working order.
Until next time……..“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller