Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Training, Interrupted

Nope, no injuries, and thank goodness for that, but my training is still suffering a setback this week.  My cousin died on Sunday and even though his passing was neither sudden nor unexpected, it’s hard to handle.  Losing a loved one sucks.

Yesterday was supposed to be a long (for me) swim, but that didn’t happen.  I could barely get off the couch, much less into the pool.  Likewise on today’s planned brick.

I did manage to swim 800 meters today and tried to really focus on my body position in the water (rather than letting my mind wander and devolving into tears).  I took a full minute off my previous best 800 time, but it required every ounce of concentration I had and left me wiped out.

The rest of my training week is up in the air, as I’ll be travelling this weekend for the service.  I’m hoping to get in my scheduled long run before I leave.  We’ll see.

On the one hand, I know that I need to run and ride my bike to clear my head and maybe even work through some of this grief.  On the other hand…right now I just can’t get my butt out the door.

Do you continue to exercise through sad times?

15 comments:

ajh said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your cousin. Any death is hard expected or not.

MCM Mama said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Yes, I continue to exercise. Running helps me deal with things.

LMC said...

I'm so sorry about your cousin and for your loss. Perhaps, a few days off, spent with your family and friends, grieving and crying is just fine. You'll get back to exercising and everything else soon enough. My thoughts are with you. Take care!

Rad Runner said...

Sorry for your lose, your deff. in our prayers, sports will be there whenever and forever :)

Patrick Mahoney said...

Sorry for the loss, you'll know when to get back out there...

Heather said...

So sorry for your loss, I'll be thinking of you and your family.

Char said...

My thoughts are with you and your family. Run when you want, bike when you want and cry as much as you need to.

judy said...

I'm new to your blog and love it. That's so sad about your cousin.

misszippy said...

So sorry about your cousin. Tough stuff to work through. I think Char said it best...great advice.

Teamarcia said...

Oh P I'm so sorry! Wishing you all peace and strength at such a sad time. I try to run through difficult times but I cut myself some slack and do what I can. Thinking of you.

Julie said...

My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. You are going through a sad and tough time...sending you hugs and love.

I would try to run a little if you can but don't push yourself. Take care P.

Tortuga_Runner said...

I am sorry for your loss, may his memory be for a blessing.

Alma F. said...

I'm so sorry for your family. Even when you know something is coming, it doesn't make it any easier. There is no being prepared to lose someone. Right now, just do what you can. Maybe you need to engage in less intense activities that don't require your full mental capacity so you you can just have time to FEEL and process everything. Nice walks? Easy runs w/out a watch. Sitting on a swing. Take care of yourself and let yourself have some time.

Johann said...

I’m really sorry to hear this. Condolences to all of you. Training definitely helps me during sad times. I train as much as possible in times like this.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I am so sorry for your lose. Even if it wasn't unexpected, it is still very difficult to lose a loved one. Just like an injury, I believe our minds and heart need time to heal sometimes too. Take the time you need, regroup, then get back out there. I know it may not seem like it, but working out again will probably make you feel better.