Post racing season of 2012, I decided to give myself six weeks off from triathlon activity. I was swimming a little bit but really enjoying downtime and letting my body heal. Then came Hurricane Sandy and another six weeks "off" from structured training. And then of course...the holidays. Call it a very extended off season...but the party is over. I got back on my beautiful, teal bike again last week. Not outside of course...waaaaay toooo cold for that but in the garage on a trainer. You would think I never road a bike before. Legs heavy, awkward cadence, breathless.... and the cycling is typically my strongest leg of my sport.
Being a triathlete is about being humble; not taking for granted that your body will always do what it has always done. Last year's fitness is a distant memory and while I am officially "back in the saddle", I've got some work ahead of me. But I like a challenge, right?