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Ground Zero

Oziemby OziemSep 1st 2012
"The starting point or most basic level"

I feel like I'm at 'ground zero'. It's been 5 years since my last full triathlon, a whole year since I rode my bike and about 6 months since I ran for more than about 5 minutes! Can I be anymore unfit?
Ground Zero
"YES I definitely could be!"

I've managed to keep swimming twice a week and my short distance swim times (100-400m) haven't changed much at all so I guess I'm not truly at ground zero. Before I'd even thought about doing a triathlon, back in 2003, I broke my leg playing football. That was ground zero. 3 months or so after the incident (where I scored at the same time as breaking my right fibula) I started to try and get back into sport by visiting the university pool a few times a week. I used to go and swim breaststroke for about half an hour or so. At the time I couldn't swim front crawl for more than a length without being totally knackered so I just decided to stick with breaststroke. Thinking back to that makes me feel a lot better about where I am today, but I'd like to feel like an athlete again.
Ground Zero
I'm going to try and use my blog to keep me motivated and share any knowledge that I pick up along the way. The first problem that I have to overcome is in my head, I've listed some of my thoughts and questions below;
  • I'm never going to be as good as I was.
  • Will I lose the confidence that I gained from the results I achieved before?
  • It's really hard work to get fast.
  • I like lying in!
  • I now have a partner and I don't want to effect our relationship by training every morning and evening.
  • I'm over 30 now, it's going to be even harder this time around.
  • Is my knee injury going to come back?
  • I've had intermittent Achilles Tendinosis since I was around 12 years old.
I don't have any answers yet but I'm just going to try and steadily increase my training from my current 2 swim, 1 pilates class per week schedule. I have also tried to remove any boundaries between me getting on my bike. My 'training bike' now lives in my office, so I will be reminded as often as possible!

Any thoughts about how to get my slightly over weight arse back in the saddle are welcomed in the comments section below =)
justalby member: justal, Sep 2nd 2012 16:33
As far as your questions go, I think you're being too hard on yourself...

I'm never going to be as good as I was.
- Yes you will. I thought that last year when I started doing triathlons again at the age of 40 after 20 years off... I'm now not far off the speed I was when I was 20 and I'm enjpying it much more.

Will I lose the confidence that I gained from the results I achieved before?
Nope - You'll soon be getting good results again. Those training and racing instincts will still be there and once you've had it it is easier to get it back than for those people who really are starting from scratch,

It's really hard work to get fast.
Yep - but that's the same for everyone.

I like lying in!
Can't help you there, just get up earlier, you'll be glad you did.

I now have a partner and I don't want to effect our relationship by training every morning and evening.
Get them involved as well, or at least onboard. But make sure you let them know you appreciate their support.

I'm over 30 now, it's going to be even harder this time around.
Maybe, but experience counts for a lot too... I didn't start again until I waas over 40 but age-group competition is great.

Is my knee injury going to come back?
Possibly, but this time around be more aware of it and do all you can to prevent it. If you feel even a twinge then stop and leave it for another day. Patience is the key. One missed session won't make any difference, 6 weeks off due to an injury might.

I've had intermittent Achilles Tendinosis since I was around 12 years old.
Yep, We all have old injuries - I won't list mine here as I don't have time, and I'm almost always in pain somewhere or another. The key is to listen to your body though and then extract as much from it as you can without breaking it

Most of all, just remember it is supposed to be fun. learn to enjoy the training and the racing for what it is, not just for the PB's and the race wins. That way you can enjoy the sport of Triathlon for years to come even as the inevitable happens and you do slow down. Not only can you enjoy the act of training and racing, but think of the places and people it takes you to and the other benefits to your health and well-being too. It's not ALL about the numbers!

Al.
Oziemby blog author: Oziem, Sep 4th 2012 10:00
Thanks Al, You managed to give an answer all my doubts ;)
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