Injury and rest

Sunday, March 10, 2013 by Coach Kevin

2012 was an interesting year for me in that it was the first year in many that I did not participate in a race—not even one.  My training for 2012 started off like normal, but just as my training was ramping up for the season in April, I injured my back on a boating trip.  The injury was not a serious injury, but it was painful enough to keep me from training hard.  I went to the doctor and told the doctor that my back hurt but that I still wanted to try to train.  The doctor had me do physical therapy exercises, chiropractic adjustments, and massage therapy.  I went off and did what he said while gritting my teeth and attempting to train like I normally did. In other words, I trained half way and I rehabbed half way.  I never was able to train hard and I never got my back in shape.  I continued on this way for the rest of the year, getting more and more frustrated with my lackluster performance and my increasing discomfort over my injury. But then a weird sort of luck hit me in December when I got the flu and ended up in bed for 8 days.  This forced rest must have been just what my body needed to heal properly because after I finally felt better from the flu it occurred to me that my back felt great!

Morals of the story: training is not always the answer and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

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