If at First You Don’t Succeed Tri Tri Again

It has been a while since I have updated this blog.  A lot has happened since I signed up for my first half ironman.  I completed that one and went on to complete several sprints, an Olympic distance and I am up to three half iron man triathlons.  I will share stories of the halves in another blog post but for now I need to start blogging because I need motivation to get going, again.  I have experienced a rough year which included needing to pull myself out of trying the Ironman Triathlon this year.  So I am using this as a restart for my journey back to that coveted phrase I long to hear,  “Mike Peacy you are an Ironman”.

Just to recap where I am and how I got here, it all started with a picture and my mom.  Disappointed with my appearance I decided to start running. My mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to run the Susan G Komen run for her.  I started to work on the 5K distance and I got to running and eventually was able to post pretty good times even winning some races (Mostly in my age group).  Having success at the 5 k distance the bug to push myself began to grow stronger and stronger.  This lead to running a half marathon, which lead to a full marathon, which lead to this obsession with triathlons.  So now I find myself recovering from injury and ready to find my motivation to move forward.  I wrote a blog before about how I got by with help from my friends and I meant that.  I would never have been able to do what I did without the help of my training partners.  Unfortunately, I have moved away from that group and need to carry forward what they have instilled in me.

This last year has been a challenge for me.  I won’t go into great details about all the personal challenges I have faced but I will talk about my physical challenges.  The final nail in the coffin for the year was getting a weird hip injury that rendered me incapable of running or biking and my spirit was defeated so even swimming didn’t happen.  Then the worst thing happened, the weight started coming back.  Disappointed and frustrated I couldn’t do anything to control the weight gain and I put on some of the weight I lost.  Now though I am ready to get back going and I am hoping this blog will help me stay motivate.

The injury, started one morning when I woke up and I had the world’s worst pain in my hip.  I couldn’t get comfortable sitting, standing or laying unless it was laying on the side that hurt.  So off to the Dr. I went and it was determined that I had a pinched nerve in my hip.  Off to therapy I go, the best person I could have found for this, to get the hip in shape so I could start running and biking again.  We narrowed it down to a problem with my hip flexor.  So now begins the strength building and core work necessary.  I have started running and I am beginning to build my endurance again.  Please continue to join me on my second attempt at becoming an Ironman.

So now, on my journey to Ironman we will start to talk about things I have learned along the way.  How my recovery is coming and how I can get to Ironman.  Please leave comments and share this blog and let’s have a conversation because I know I am not the only one going through this.

The injury, started one morning when I woke up and I had the world’s worst pain in my hip.  I couldn’t get comfortable sitting, standing or laying unless it was laying on the side that hurt.  So off to the Dr. I went and it was determined that I had a pinched nerve in my hip.  Off to therapy I go, the best person I could have found for this, to get the hip in shape so I could start running and biking again.  We narrowed it down to a problem with my hip flexor.  So now begins the strength building and core work necessary.  I have started running and I am beginning to build my endurance again.  Please continue to join me on my second attempt at becoming an Ironman.

So now, on my journey to Ironman we will start to talk about things I have learned along the way.  How my recovery is coming and how I can get to Ironman.  Please leave comments and share this blog and let’s have a conversation because I know I am not the only one going through this.

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