I can’t believe I am writing this but here we go:
I had a little bike accident over the weekend and broke my left wrist in a pretty bad place (scaphoid) and fractured part of my right hand (trapezoid ridge). Luckily the fracture in my right hand is too small to require immobilization but I have a cast on my left arm. A giant purple cast. Yup.
What can I say – when I do something I do it big. Can’t take that away from me!
The bad news is (if you haven’t already guessed) I have to watch the NYC Triathlon from the sidelines this year. That’s it. To say I’m bummed is a gigantically huge understatement and it still hasn’t completely hit me yet. No Hudson River. No cheering crowds. No finish line glory. No heart beating and out of breath sense of accomplishment. Six months of training and it’s over – just like that.
My first reaction was that I had nothing to show for all the hard work I put into the last 6 months, and hearing the doctor tell me that the triathlon was out of the question hurt so much more than the actual injuries. But looking back, I really did learn a lot. My swimming is so much better and more efficient. My running is faster. Biking seems to have gotten the best of me for now but lessons were learned there, too – lessons that will stay with me and only help me after I get back on my feet.
Also, I had so much support from you all throughout training and, maybe most importantly, helped raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – $3,590, in fact! Thank you, I am so appreciative.
But part of the deal was that I do the training and hard work and you donate, right? I am working with Team in Training (TNT) to transfer to another event. Maybe the NYC Marathon? Maybe the Nation’s Triathlon in DC? I don’t know yet, and that will depend on how fast I heal and can get back into the swing of things. I’ll know more in 2 weeks when I get more X-rays and a CAT scan. Worst case scenario: I defer my NYC Tri entry to next year. If a donor feels a certain way about me not doing the tri this year, I can arrange for you to get your donation back – but please remember the cause; LLS is fantastic and really doing some great things. And I’ll still do an event. Just not the one in 2 weeks.
I guess that’s all for now, folks. But stay tuned – you know what they say:
I’m on it, and I’m coming back. Today a spectator, tomorrow a finisher. And in the meantime, TNT just got one more cheerleader. I’ll be wearing my purple and cheering for my team!