From Injury to Ironman: 5 1/2 Months Post-Op Road Block

 I decided to write a post about my recovery before the 6 month mark, because the last 3 weeks have been particularly trying. The progress is fun to document, but the setbacks are not always so fun. After many emotional ups and downs on the past weeks, I finally feel clear headed enough to write this post.  In my last post about my hip arthroscopy recovery at 5 months post-op, I was very optimistic and excited to making such great progress. Unfortunately, that all changed 3 weeks ago. I went on an 8km run where I picked up the pace a…

From Injury to Ironman: 5 Months Post-Op

  It has now been 5 solid months since I had my hip labral repair surgery in November, and things are much better than they were a couple months ago. I have definitely turned the corner so to speak, and have been almost pain free for the last 2 weeks!   It felt like I would never get to this point, but here I am, and now it just all feels like surreal dream. The holding back, patience and diligence paid off and I am finally riding outside again and feeling stronger than ever. I was even able to complete…

From Injury to Ironman: 3 Months Post-Op

I am now 3 months out of hip labral repair surgery, and things have been moving along, with some expected frustrations and other not so expected frustrations. I have been trying to remain patient, but this proves to be extremely hard when some weeks it feels like zero progress! But writing this now, I am realizing that since my last post at 2 months post-op, I have actually come a long way. I signed up for the Brooklyn half-marathon in May, and hope to run it to complete the distance and not really race it for a PB. I have also…

My First Zwift Ride: A Review

So my focus this spring is to get stronger on the bike, in the hopes of training for an Ironman. I have heard some pretty good things about Zwift, the virtual reality training app. I decided to give it a go and see if would help me with the motivation and focus I need to get stronger. I am unable to bike outside at the moment because of my hip surgery recovery, which you can read more about here. So this was an additional source of motivation to try out Zwift. I hooked up my new Stages power meter, downloaded…

7 Tricks to Stay Healthy as a Vegetarian Cyclist

More and more athletes are opting to go vegetarian, due to the great health and environmental benefits. However, it can be tough to stay on top of your nutrition, and maintaining strength while training might feel like more of a hassle. In the past, I’ve struggled with staying in top shape when putting in long hours on the bike. Luckily, I made some changes to keep on top of it.   When you’re highly active, your body needs more protein and more care. Believe it or not, getting your daily requirement of protein is actually quite simple. But, you need to…

From Injury to Ironman: 2 Months Post-Op

I recently posted on my experience with hip arthroscopic surgery for labral tear repair and FAI here. The journey has been tough at times, and my goal has been to stay positive and motivated. Now 2 months has passed, and here is an update on my exercises, progress and tips for recovery. This time around surgery recovery feels like it is progressing quickly, because I was only bound to crutches for 2 weeks instead of 6. This helps you feel stronger and more mobile faster. Things have been going well for the most part. I have been slowly gaining more and…

Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees. 

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…

From Injury to Ironman: The Road Ahead

Every journey has a beginning. I believe every challenging journey provides and opportunity for growth. This is my journey from labral repair surgery to the major lifetime goal of becoming an Ironwoman. Hopefully documenting my recovery and experience, will help other cyclists or athletes going through the same. What is a labral tear? It all started back in March. I was ramping up training for the no longer existent Wildflower triathlon located in California, when it screeched to an abrupt halt during a speed workout at the track. I took off for my first stride, prior to our main workout…