Monday, February 09, 2009

Coming back to life

When I initially sat down at the keyboard to write this post, I typed out a very...VERY... long drawn out detailed rehash of the downward spiral and eventual upturn of my health during the past month. When I finished typing, I sat back, read through it, and thought, ... That is WAY too long and WAY too depressing….nobody wants to read that crap!

So, I set about rewriting an account that might be a bit more digestible.
Here’s the revised, abbreviated version:

I got sick with a respiratory infection in early January. Felt terrible. Couldn’t train. Went to the doctor. Didn’t respond to the first round of meds. Still couldn't train. Didn’t respond to the second round of meds. Got pretty bummed with the whole situation. Went back to the doc. Chest x-ray performed. Diagnosed with pneumonia. Prescribed stronger meds. Wondered if I'd ever get well. Lost 8 pounds. Missed a good bit of work and a ton of training. Eventually started feeling better.
January was a mother of a month.
The end.
I just saved you at least 20 more minutes of reading. Really!

I started back with some very easy training today. I’ll keep it light for the remainder of this week, and probably most of next week before returning to “regular” training.
The half marathon in early March is out... no biggie. I intend to be back fit enough to do Gulf Coast Triathlon in May.

I've done a bunch of reading during the down time. One of the things I read was that Cam Brown takes an entire month off from training at the end of his season every year. So, I'm telling myself that this has been the month long break I never took at the end of the season. :-)

One thing I will take away from this whole month long ordeal is that I will not take my health for granted in the future. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of training and forget that just being able to be out there training is a blessing.

Needless to say, I'm glad to be on the road to returning to training.
Spring is not far away and I'm looking forward to soaking up the warm weather that's coming.

Happy Training,


Blogger Wes said...

doood, that sounds nasty! I'm glad you got on the run now. Happy training :-)

4:46 PM  
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Welcome back!! Glad to hear you are well again. I'm sure not training in January won't have much of an effect on your year. If anything, we triathletes tend to do too much anyway.

5:32 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Wow TJ, I am so glad to hear you are feeling better! Pnemonia is serious businesss and can be very dangerous. Your overall health and fitness certainly helped you pull through. Take it easy and be patient with yourself as you ramp back up. Take care!! :)

1:55 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Glad to hear you're on your feet again! Need to train for the GCT AFTERPARTY, forget the race, you got to get your liver in tip top shape:) Oh, and don't mess with pneumonia, if you feel bad, stop, really and truly!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Lana said...

Glad you're feeling better, TJ! That's some serious stuff.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

WOW, Jan was a bummer of a month for you. But glad you are back on your feet and feeling better.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

Glad you're doing better!! Keep it up!!!!

1:30 PM  

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