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TriHardAlan - Tales of an Age Grouper
TriHardAlan - Tales of an Age Grouper

Keep Moving Forward

TriHardAlanby TriHardAlanDec 22nd 2015
Earlier in the year I was diagnosed as needing Hip Resurfacing surgery having worn out the Cartridge in my right hip. I have now had that surgery and am 8 weeks post op and will report on this and the recovery process in more detail another day. But in summary, all is well and I am now back in the pool and on the turbo for short spells and the plan is to get on the treadmill at 4 months, outside running at 6 months and racing in the summer.

But the whole situation has somewhat dominated my year and as such 2015 was the first year in Triathlon that I have gone backwards. My Swim, Bike and Run times were all slower than 2014. The Run I have an excuse. The Swim and Bike, not so much. But does that make the season a bad one?

First of all we do have to look at that excuse for the relatively poor running in a bit more detail. Walking was painful. Every step was with a profound limp. Running strangely got rid of the limp but was of course even more painful. Two surgeons stated I shouldn’t have been able to run at all let alone compete, well take part, in 14 triathlons and various other races. Hills were a particular problem. I simply felt like I was running through treacle. Technically speaking there was nothing in that hip condition to slow me down, but something was. I was losing 2 to 3 minutes on a 5k. Strangely, that wouldn’t double at 10k, in fact it kept around the 3 minute mark. Was some of this mental? Maybe. The fear of doing some irreversible damage. Maybe the fear of pain. I don’t honestly know. But I tried my best and pushed myself to my absolute limits only to fall way behind my pb’s time and time again.

So are there any positives here? For sure I found new levels of determination, mental strength and pain endurance. At times, and whilst being fully aware this situation isn’t really life hitting hard at all compared to what some people suffer, it felt like the quote from Rocky “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. If nothing else I can look myself in the mirror and say that I kept moving forward.

Once recovered I will take those new levels of determination, mental strength and pain endurance and apply them to my training and racing next year and beyond. Only then we will see whether 2015 was a step forward or backward.
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