July 25, 2022

Triathlon 30 - 52x52 Challenge

Friday 22/07/22

Number Thirty

58% completed! 

Swim 42.40

Bike 1.30.23

Run 48.15

At 5am I had to drag myself out of bed and hobble to the bathroom. Then at 5.35am I was hobbling down the beach to the sea’s edge. Why all the hobbling when I’m not a hobbit? Well because my sciatica is still refusing to settle. I think it’s improved a bit, but pain always feels at its worst on the day despite what it was like yesterday. 

I slowly lowered myself into the sea, a high tide was helpful as it meant no long walk out, and then I proceeded to battle a bumpy sea twice around the pier. It meant swimming around 1800 metres rather than 1500 metres, but the longer the better as it was pain free.

I can’t say the same about the bike! I had to do this indoors to avoid pot holes, hills and stop/starts. But it was still almost 2 hrs of sitting and hunching over and every minute seemed to last ten. It was mentally and physically painful.

The run, like the swim, stretched me out and helped ease the pain. It just felt long as I was thinking about each step rather than just daydreaming it away.

Now, a couple of hours later, I’m up and down as I try to find a comfortable position to be in. I do know 100% that this pain will soon vanish, but boy oh boy am I ready right now for it to go.

30/52 though is great as it feels like a milestone hit!

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