Yesterday I went swimming with my training buddies and I realized that I had no muscular pain anywhere. The only problem that I had was my knee… for the whole race. My neck didn’t hurt during the bike, my ankle didn’t hurt during the run, my shoulders didn’t hurt during the swim (maybe it was because the water was so warm), and my lungs were 100%. It is for this reason that I know that I have to fully rehabilitate my knee. That is my number one goal right now. I am only going to focus on the swim and bike until my last race of the season, a mere 4.5 weeks away. My training buddy might run for me at the race, if they let me, which works out well because she is concerned about swimming in that lake because it can be a very cold lake.
Tonight if my mountain bike ride is canceled, I’m going to do a short road ride on a new route by my new house. This weekend I’m going to do a ride early on Saturday morning and a swim on Sunday. I was thinking of trying out the elliptical machine at the gym to see how it feels on my knee. I don’t have high expectations, though.
Recovery is fun. I have been eating ice cream and sleeping in and reflecting on the race. After the race I didn’t want to wear my medal. I was bitter and upset. I didn’t want to remember the race because all I can think of was the pain that it caused me. However, I’m slowly getting over it and I’m trying to be all right with what it was. I mean, I can’t change anything now and I have learned a lot from it. I am going to talk to my coach in a couple of weeks about the whole thing. Hopefully he will have some insight and guidance to give me (right, Dan?).
This afternoon is my post-race massage. Ahhh, I can’t wait!