Cyclist turned triathlete, farmer turned seed marketer, midwesterner turned Upstater, mom to several furry four-leggeds, partner to a wonderful two-legged. Cracked my pelvis on July 4, 2010 thanks to an unleashed dog and a pile of dumb luck. Finally home from the hospital, reclining in a brand new, plush, chocolate-brown Lazy Boy that frankly evoked more relief than I ever thought a chair could.
At my partner’s suggestion, I’m starting a blog to trace my recovery. I am perpetually amazed at the human body’s capacity to change in response to stimulus; that’s one of the things I love most about training. So I thought I’d share how the mending is going, along with pretty much anything else that pops into my head. Which hopefully will be interesting even after I lay off the Vicodin.
The name of this blog is an unsubtle spin on Train-This, the incredible multisport coaching company run by my coach, Mary Eggers. She has helped me improve a ton in the few months we’ve been working together, and the whole TT team has helped me feel welcome in the Rochester area. So since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and because mending (usually called recovery, I guess) is always a part of training, I thought Mend This would be a good blog name. And before I thought of “Mend This,” my title was “The Mending Basket”…but that felt a little too homespun, especially as I generally can barely squeeze in time to get laundry done , much less sew. I’m fairly sure I couldn’t find a needle & thread in this house even if I wasn’t committed to staying parked in my fabulous Lazy Boy for the afternoon.
Anyhow, my next challenge – rather than the races that were on my schedule this season – is to heal from this injury and in the process, get back on my bike, in the water, and eventually in my running shoes. This will take some time, and I have no illusions that it will be easy. But I have a truly fine bunch of people supporting me, and I am absolutely ready for the challenge. So thanks for reading; come back for updates as I continue to Mend This!