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,