Well, what can I say, always the things are not going after the plan. My plan did not go like I wanted yesterday. I tried to be positive and optimistic about it all, but this time it did not bring me to the finishline. I was standing on the startline, and that I am happy about:
I was sure having performed really great in the race yesterday: my condition was and is still just there, I was fit for the fight, even I already before had felt a small problem in my heal. But like always, also this time I was sure that this problem would not matter to my performance… but it did… I never finished the race. All was going according to plan, and I was still flying the first 3-4k on the run, and then the pain hit. I knew it was over. Before the first round was done, I met my coach, and I knew he would take me out.
What an empty feeling.
Sometimes it is hard to get over the mental part of an injury… but I am already getting there. Not easy, but some good mind work and I can move on now.
This is why it is important for me to know that my swim and bike went well, so now it is just to get the heal well again. It is also time to look at the future, the next possible races, and to know that winning this time could have been close, without this injury.
One part of hard training can be injuries… it is just to learn to treat them with respect, but not overrespect, there is a thin line and balance here. I think I just crossed it and now I must learn, unfortunately.
One thing will not change. I want to win, and so I push hard some periods. This I will still do. Like my coach said: you are strong that you did DNF, because the reason was good. But you are not made of glass, you are made of Iron, period!
But never mind, I will now focus more to swimming and riding, and will come out of this all even stronger, than before. I know it…
See you on the roads!