Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Resting, Recovery, and Rebuilding

It has been 6 weeks since my last surgery, and I am actually feeling really good. I am getting around really well now. My energy levels have been restored. And I am slowly but surely trying to get my body back to where it was before all of the medical drama-rama.

Recovery is a strange and complicated thing. And something I think is very difficult for most people to understand - unless you have been there yourself. My goal first and foremost for this month is to Train Smart, Be Patient, and Rebuild Slowly. A proper recovery requires you walk the fine-line between giving your body enough rest and pushing yourself enough to rebuild but not re-injure. It is balancing act, but I think I have come up with a plan that fits the bill. And to be honest, for me getting back into my training routine means that I am just getting back to normal.

Operation Fix a Heart was my 3rd surgery in 11 months. So to say that this body has been put through the ringer this past year is a HUGE understatement. And despite my initial reaction - which is always dive head first into training - I have made a promise to my body to be patient, nurturing, and rebuild slowly this time around.

I have discussed my training and my ambitious goals for this year with my medical team. And while I have been giving the green light to train again, there are a few things they would like me to keep in mind as I ease back into training...

Upper Body is a No-No and Keep Impact to a Minimum

In order to access my robot heart and secure its placement - they had to make an incision in the muscle. Then essentially my ICD was moved to the right and secured in place by stitching everything to my ribs. Obviously the muscle is still healing. And the scar tissue that will ultimately ensure the ideal placement for my robot ticker is still forming. So the less movement and trauma to the site - the better.

Here is my New Three Point Plan...

SWIM
This months training is primarily focused on the Pool with 2-3 workouts a week. I will be incorporating a combination of Pool Running and Lower-Body Lengths into my weekly routine. The water ensures that the impact and movement usually involved in running is negated, and it will also help me prep for the swimming element of my Triathlon. The pool will help me rebuild the muscle and endurance I lost over the last 2 months, so I am better prepared to tackle running more seriously in the future.

BIKE
I will also be heading to my favourite Hybrid Spin/Yoga Studio - Spynga once a week for an Endurance Spin Class. This workout is again lower body focused, and centers around rebuilding my endurance and Triathlon prep. Nothing like starting off your day with a wicked sweat-fest while rocking out to a fantastic playlist - this class is probably the highlight of my week!


RUN
And then there is Running - my first love - this is going to be a work in progress. My goal is to gradually increase my mileage to 10km by the end of the month. But it will not be my primary training focus. I will only be running 1-2 short runs a week. No attention will be paid to speed, and again training will be focused on rebuilding strength and endurance. The goal is to establish a solid base this month to build from in the future.

So that's it! I would love to hear your thoughts?
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten




18 comments:

  1. I think you are freaking amazing after all you have been through! You are a true miracle my friend! Good luck to you! You are doing an awesome job!

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  2. I love your optimism. You just make me smile. That is all. :)

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  3. Keep up that positive attitude, and ANYTHING is possible! You've already shown you achieve every goal you set for yourself!

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  4. Yay! So glad that you are resting and recovering and rebuilding in a smart way. Recovery IS a tricky process and you are doing great.

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  5. I think you're going to come back stronger than ever. It sounds to me like you're doing all the right things. Slow and steady!

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  6. I think you are simply amazing! We could all learn a thing or two or three from you about recovery in general. Most people have no respect or regard for their body, and you are in tune to every little intricate detail... we should all be so aware. I know you have no choice but to be conscientious, however it's a lesson to all of us to respect, appreciate and love our vessel.

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  7. You simply amaze me every day!!! Patience is key & you have a great plan going for you!!! WE will be following you & cheering you on!

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  8. You are so brave! Love that you have been swimming!

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  9. I love that you have the swimming background to incorporate the pool into so much of your training. I think it's the perfect place to transition back. And you are being smart with the bike and running, too, all in the interest of being gentle to your body. Smart plan of attack!

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  10. You are doing Great! Your plan sounds great and will be a very good start in building your base and strength. The pool will make a big difference in building your oxygen capacity and usage especially doing the kick-board with your face straight down in the water as if freestyle swimming and rotate to breathe. This will also help when you are ready to begin the full swim. Spin is Great and will definitely help build that strength and endurance as well as strengthening your run. Really enjoy hearing your journey...Keep up the GREAT and Inspirational updates!

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  11. resting and recovery is just as important as training. You are so wise, keep that smile!

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  12. You are amazing! You look so adorable in your swim cap and goggles! It sound like you are doing the right thing for your body and that absolutely rocks!!! xo Tara

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  13. Before having kids-I was a triathlete. Then I just started running only. I never had any issues with injuries or anything when I was cross training like I did this fall training for the 1/2 marathon. The three sports put together are a perfect combo for healthy living! I love the sport of triathlons! I am sure you'll get sucked in, too! So happy you are taking it slow and being smart. You have been through a lot this past year! I hope to dust my bike off (it is literally dusty in the attic) and jump back into the pool myself. You can help motivate me as well! GOOD LUCK! :o)Erin

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  14. Sounds like a great plan! So glad you're back at it & feeling good.

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  15. Yay! So glad to hear recovery is coming along and there's a new plan!

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  16. I think you are on the right track. You are listening to your body, being smart about it, and not getting to carried away. It sounds like you have a great, logical, plan.

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  17. I have no doubt that you are one smart cookie. Recovery can be a slippery slope as you know, and having the right attitude and plan is key. Now you just need the time! ;)

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  18. You're amazing and very inspiring!

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