Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Year in Review – Athletic Accomplishments

This is the blog post where I list the various 2010 events I participated in as an individual athlete rather than as a coach. I would normally highlight any personal accomplishments or extraordinary experiences, and stories about destination events. Normally I would hope to report on 6 to 8 Triathlons, various ½ and full marathons, and a Century ride or two. Unfortunately, this year I was unable to participate in a single event. This is the first year since 2002, when I first became involved with endurance sports by running the Houston Marathon, in which I did not individually participate in a single event. It was not by choice, my hip has given me a lot of trouble this year and I have been unable to run, bike, or even walk very far without pain and a limp.  

In January I signed up for the Lone Star Triathlon in Galveston with Team in Training which was scheduled for late April. I planned on doing the swim and bike, and then walking the run portion. It became clear early on that I was not going to be able to pull that off. I got on my road bike on my trainer a couple times early in the year and each time I had pain and a clicking noise in my hip, so that ruled out any biking for me. I attempted several walks around the 2.9 mile loop at Memorial Park and could not finish them without having to stop a few times and then needed ice afterwards. I resolved to myself that this was not my year as an athlete. I did go ahead and complete the fundraising to support the Lone Star Triathlon Team and ended up as the #3 fundraiser. I was also Master of Ceremonies for Inspiration dinner held the night before the event for all the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Chapters who were participating in the event.

The good news is that I am scheduled for a full hip replacement at the end of January and have expectations of being able to run again. My Doc, Kaare Kolstad M.D., said that after about 9 months I could do some easy running. So I have something to look forward to and anything will be better than limping around all the time. I think I will stretch the definition of “easy” running to suit my own needs and am planning on doing a couple of Sprint Tri’s near the end of the 2011 season (that sounds like “Easy” running doesn’t it?).  

1 comment:

  1. I am sure that this year had to be hard seeing everyone else out there training and you could not join in. Keep us posted on the surgery and how it goes.

    Happy New Year!