I spend a good amount of time learning as much as I am able about proper training, nutrition, and race preparation. The past four days I have not been able to workout at all – the longest I have gone without training in close to four years – so I have spent some time research when I should be able to get back to training. The answer was not to my liking. After my symptoms are completely gone and I am able to return to a normal diet. I am improving, however this stomach virus really got the best of me. Lower pains still exist and my appetite has far from returned. Really, this stinks.
Frustrations in training come in many forms. Usually it is from the actual training – slow progress, technical work, and motivation to keep going. What I am experiencing is frustration from not being able to workout. While I was writing this I post I received an email from a friend I met in spin class. He has been sidelined for two weeks due to elbow surgery. He said my experience of not being able to workout got him to thinking. His words are so eloquent that I have to share. Here is what he wrote:
“Two weeks didn’t seem like a long time when I said let’s do this (surgeries) but now that I’m into it, it seems like forever. However I realized this morning this is an extremely important learning opportunity. When I’m healthy and working out I’m so involved in the effort, the joy of movement and the company of others I enjoy and that inner satisfaction of feeling myself get stronger I don’t give a thought to the fact it’s a gift. There are no guarantees here. None. Thanks to this lesson when I’m back on the bike, the yoga mat or any other fitness effort I’m going to take a moment and cherish it, that moment for what it is, a gift.”
How true. Being able to challenge our bodies, feel the rush of endorphins, and enjoy the opportunities with friends is a gift to be cherished. I too will take a moment once I am back to appreciate and cherish that which is so easily taken for granted.