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    Posted December 3, 2013 by
    Atlanta, Georgia
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    CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge

    Injury Has Kept Me an Indoor Athlete

    The past couple of years have been a struggle for me. I've battled a broken foot and being on crutches for 4 months. A year and a half ago, I was in a car accident and suffered back/neck/arm/leg issues. Because of this, I have had to modify... modify... modify. The crazy thing is that each chapter that closed off activity... opened a new one. For example, with the broken foot... I rediscovered swimming as that was the only form of exercise I was allowed. And I dreamed about running (which I hated) but since it was no longer an option for me, I swore to tackle it with a vengeance when I was cleared to run. I had visions of Forest Gump, which I've finally realized. Throughout my physical therapy, I've been plagued by my arms/neck/back/leg and limited my weekly intake of Core Fusion classes, but it helped me better understand the way my nervous and muscular system works. As a result, I rediscovered cycling and found that I actually enjoy it. The crazy thing is that I do all of these activities indoors. My biggest fear is to start a run and get to a point where I have to crawl home (this actually happened to me in high school). I swim in a pool... but would be deathly afraid to try an open water swim. And biking... well, becoming road kill is not one of my goals in life. That leaves me exactly where I am today. Knowing that I have the capability to train for a triathlon... but scared out of my mind to do so. I need help. I need a coach. I need a different type of motivation. I need to embrace that life doesn't end at 40... it opens new doors at 40 (really 42, but who's counting).
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