A lot has happened since I last posted! Since I started physical therapy for my foot, I have been progressing quickly. My goal was to get to bike and run as quickly and sensibly as possible.
I was nervous about standing on the bike, since there is a segment of each revolution during which one foot is bearing all the weight. First, I tried an upright stationary bike with programmable workouts (not a spinning bike) during PT. That didn’t go so well… I could not get the resistance to go up high enough to support a real standing climb. So, I took it upon myself to try it on a spinning bike at a local YMCA. I did 8 minutes, then 10, then 15, and tried standing for bits in between. I started with regular training shoes, then my cycling shoes with SPD cleats. This progression built my confidence enough to try riding outside for the first time!
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I said soon!! Today was my first bike ride since foot surgery. I wasn't brave enough to take my road bike, though… The thought of clipping in and out… 💭😬😱 It was windy beyond belief, and I only made it 7 miles, but it's still my favorite thing in the world! 🚲☁️🌬💙 — #️⃣#swimbikerun #successfulday #surgeryrecovery #bunionsurgery #footsurgery #girlsthatride #cycling #cycleforsurvival #cyclist #cyclinglife #cyclelikeagirl #triathletelife #triathlontraining #triathleteinthemaking #triathleteintraining #mileschangeyou #madebymiles #outsideisfree #roadcycling #roadslikethese #progress #cyclechicks #roadtoironman
The ride was 7.3 miles at 12.3 miles an hour. It was the windiest ride I’ve ever been on, so I was uncomfortable, cold, and nervous. I broke off from the route Bruno had planned and cut it short a bit. Close to the end, my body had relaxed a bit and I remembered that I really love cycling. I’m excited to try again tomorrow! I’m not quite (mentally) ready to get on my road bike and clip in, and I have a feeling my foot will be ready faster than my head will be 🙂
On the running front, I told my physical therapist early this week I was ready to start running. I have been doing some stuff on the elliptical and some fast walking, and I felt it’s time. She had me try the treadmill and run at a comfortable pace, and I discovered it was actually less painful than walking! So, we’ve been upping the speed and distance since, and today I completed my first outdoor run of 1.83 miles!! I’m feeling very accomplished.
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Today's spinning and run combo was many post-surgery firsts: First brick workout, first outdoor run, first run in the snow, first #lesmillsrpm class, first run above 1 mile! 🏆 Thanks @beccarun for running with me, I would have stopped without you there. Nothing crazy, 45 minutes on a stationary bike and 1.83 miles at 11:17 pace… But my foot feels great and my heart is full. 💗 And of course, we celebrated with breakfast 🍳☕️ Day 6 of triathlon training complete! — #️⃣#tritraining #trilife #brickworkout #swimbikerun #triathlontraining #triathleteintraining #triathleteinthemaking #saturdaymorning #outsideisfree #wymtm #mileschangeyou #madebymiles #mizunorunning #mizunowave #workoutdone #runoutside #runner #runnerspace #snowyday #trigirl #runnergirl #weekendworkout #roadtoironman #irunthisbody
These milestones got my triathlon training off to great start. My workouts this week were:
- Monday: Strength training – leg day | Swim 550yd
- Tuesday: Run 2 x 0.5 miles at 11:30 pace
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: Strength training – upper body | Swim lesson 1 hr
- Friday: Run 0.7 miles at 11:00 pace
- Saturday: Brick Les Mills RPM™ + 1.83 miles at 11:17 pace
- Sunday: 10 mile ride (planned)
I’m icing and elevating my foot for the rest of the afternoon, because I’ve found that I get better results with my recovering foot if I mind the rest as much as I mind the progress.
My next big milestone is getting on my road bike. Stay tuned for that!