There has been a lot of this lately.
As we knew it would be a long shot that the bones of my collarbone would become sticky enough to let me tackle Ironman Louisville in exactly 6 weeks from the accident. I am so fortunate to live in a time when we do have all kinds of technology to work around different situations. So I have done all kinds of running on a simulated moon and all kinds of riding on simulated roads while in my living room or even better set up right next to my virtual moon. There was only one problem - there wasn't anyway to simulate a virtual pool that my left arm could tolerate. Also seems that while my bones will and do heal, we are a bit off from being very "sticky". Think post it note sticky now rather than Gorilla Glue.
So a few days before "game time" for Ironman Lou I got in the pool and realized that swimming 2.4 miles would be painful at best. While I love racing and I love seeing all my friends at races and I am passionate about what Ironman represents, I have had my "Julie Moss" moment. I knew that I would not be racing for a slot and I had to re-evaluate what I would gain from forcing a race. We decided that what was in my best interest is to get a few more weeks of healing to happen and redirect our focus to 70.3 Worlds. In the beginning of the year, Coachie had asked for my goals. My goals were a top spot on the podium and a World Championships slot. Seems I may have not been specific enough. I accomplished my goals at the half distance so that is where we put our focus.
Sure enough, 3 days after deciding to redirect my focus I was able to swim. It wasn't pretty but I was able swim 500 meters. Two days later we were at 1500 and two days later we were over 2000 - beauty! My energy was Renewed as my passion for the sport. While I won't be very competitive as the bones are still not "Super Gule" worthy, I will be able to go without creating more damage and enjoy the challenge.
This hasn't been the season I dreamt it would be, this is after all the sport of Ironman. Just like when racing, we have to be ready to adapt to any situation with the commitment of getting the most out of the experience. In life, we don't really get a DNF and I chose to race like I chose to live life! The only real choice we have is what are we going to learn and enjoy while on the course. As of late, I have many chances to make real clear choices of continuing on the course regardless of what is given to me. I know that will make me an even better competitor when I am back on the big course. Ironman experience seems to juxtapose with life for me. Every day is an opportunity to renew a commitment to live life full out and train full out to learn the most that I can about myself and to know that Anything is Possible.
So next week we toe the line in Las Vegas at the 70.3 World Championships. I am so thankful for my team that has had unending faith in my ability to overcome and get on the course. Hillary Biscay my coach that never ceases to amaze me in her faith in me. Smashfest Queen that has allowed me to continue to be an ambassador and allowed me to represent even during this adventure. Dr. Steffan at Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio. Melissa Martindale and Dr. Justin Martindale at Promotion Physical Therapy for sponsoring this journey and letting me have a run on the moon experience on the Alter G as I needed. Dr. Nick Milnor at 4Xtreme Health for reminding me that the body is a healing machine. Jim Britton at Britton's Bicycle Shop for providing me with everything I need to do the best I can on the day and in training.
In the spirit of Ironman, lets go play!!