Fitness, and life too for that matter, is about being agile. When you find that you cant achieve one of your goals, dont just bang your head against the wall harder – take a deep breath, step back, and formulate another plan. This doesnt mean that you give up at the first sign of adversity but it does mean that you dont waste time in a no-win situation. Dont give up on your goal, look for other ways to achieve it – brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm!
So my shoulder started really limiting me about a year ago. Surgery didnt help but a simple medication seemed to. My training was going well and not only had I regained all my lost strength but I had actually gotten stronger on many exercises for the first time in a decade. Well, last week shoulder problems popped up again. Time to take a deep breath, step back and formulate another plan. First is resting the shoulder. Of course, I will continue to work with the doctors to figure out whats going on but ice and rest is the best first step. While I’m working on that, time to focus on another goal – my triathlons. Swimming is out but I can focus on running and cycling. I pushed my limits this weekend and did my first 15K and it went great. I will continue to work and get that up to 20K if I can. My cycling has always been good but this is a great opportunity to push myself. I just finished a long distance tour in Laos, I’m going to try a 200 mile race which I have never done. Who knows, I might even be able to do a half-ironman at some point :)