Nov 17 2011
I’m hiding. It’s winter. The days are short although so far pleasantly mild and sunny! My “off season” has taken a turn towards being truly “off”! Following a most excellent post-Kona gallivant around western Canada where I caught up with some old and very dear friends, I am now firmly rooted in the UK for a while. Although I would love to be getting some solid training underway I’m stepping off the perpetual exercise mill for a while to get my mind and body into a better place.
When you are in the middle of a season it’s hard to take time out to effectively deal with “stuff”. I now have some time and the energy to effect change in a whole variety of areas. My present working motto is: “If you always do what you always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. With this in mind there are some changes afoot! Improvements, alterations, additions and subtractions. It’s the time of year to step back and evaluate things when the raw emotion of racing has had time to settle. I can be more objective and more honest with myself and search for real solutions rather than mid-season sticking plasters. With emotions more contained I’m also more open and responsive to constructive “criticism”! There do appear to be a lot of action points and I am probably busier and more motivated than I have ever been at this time of year! One of the main things that is getting time and attention is getting back to running pain free again. On Monday I had a high volume saline treatment on my left achilles. It’s day 3 of 3 days off and tomorrow I can start the rehab program .When that’s up to speed I get to repeat the process with the right achilles. Athletes never like taking time out and I am no different but after 3 years of pain and discomfort, what’s a few (more) days? I’ve got plenty to occupy me and I’m embracing the opportunity to address lots of athletic and non athletic challenges. After all, the season will roll around again all too soon….