...not to mention lots of internet research, video gait analysis, the painful process of trying out different running shoes and insoles, struggling over conflicting information by various people in running stores and forums...and consequently ending up just as confused as when I started out! I did find out that I needed stability shoes (which I already knew) and the ones I was wearing, Asics Phoenix, were performance shoes, so did not have the cushioning and stability I needed (a fact that I probably knew at some level but chose to ignore...I have been loyal to the Phoenix for a very long time despite injury, because it is one of the very few running shoes that fit me like they were made for me).
I also realized that my abs and hips have been getting more attention lately, but my leg muscles have been neglected...the hamstrings and calves particularly. Stronger leg muscles result in stronger tendons. So, leg presses, seated leg curls, prone leg curls, calf raises and hamstring curls have been added to the mix.
To sum up, I spent the first week post-injury in shock followed by denial and the second week in emotional recovery. There were meltdown moments when I allowed myself to think about how well I had trained up to this point, especially when the NJ Marathon was mentioned (I must say, the race organizers are extremely efficient about sending frequent reminders that the race is ONLY 'X' WEEKS AWAY!!!).
But life goes on. I eventually picked myself up and started making plans again. No, no races yet! But I decided a new bike would cheer me up.
DH and I have been planning to buy bikes for a while. I was well aware that the sensible choice for a first bike would be a hybrid (I want to be able to ride on trails as well as roads; it wouldn't hurt to practice riding a regular bike before I graduate to a super fast, super light road bike, if I ever do; and there is also the small issue of price). We started at Sports Authority, where DH almost immediately found a bike he liked, a sturdy mountain bike that could have passed for a hybrid. I wanted to shop further.
A visit to Bike n' Gear in Somerset left me lusting after those sleek, streamlined masterpieces on wheels that could be easily lifted with half a finger. The service manager Tony was very helpful...he, along with a few long-time customers, all passionate triathletes/cyclists, fed me lots of information on bikes, racing and traithlons, the difference between road bikes, triathlon bikes and cyclo-cross bikes...my head was swimming as I left the store, longingly clutching a Road 2010 catalog.
A few minutes in the fresh air and the fog cleared. I don't have a clue about the basics of triathlons. I would love to try one out some day, but my first love is and will be running. Among other things, I love the simplicity in running. Just lace up your shoes and you're ready to go. Biking is way too technical for me. I like biking for fun and may end up loving it, but I am definitely not ready to get myself one of those fancy schmancy road bikes yet.
DH got a kick out of the possibility that I may at some point attempt a triathlon on a hybrid bike...he said he would fit my bike out with a cute little bell, so I could warn other riders I was coming. I said that wouldn't be necessary...I am not going to be passing anyone on a hybrid bike!
So, back to Sports Authority, to pick up Beau...
Though the joy of owning a new bike was slightly diluted by the bevy of magnificient and slightly-pompous looking road bikes staring at me out of the catalog on my coffee table, I am thrilled with Beau. And I am looking forward to taking him out for a spin after this latest downpour clears.