So this evening, while I am folding laundry, our daughter asks us "What is the difference between half full and half empty?" My answer? "Perspective". Then Tommy and I had to explain perspective to her.
I haven't blogged in over 3 weeks. This is a triathlon blog, and I have awesome sponsors and incredible pro and age group teammates, and I'm not sure if I can be a triathlete this year. I have put off racing until August (but will be there to cheer my teammates on at Rev3 Knoxville). My knee started hurting suddenly on a run two weeks ago. It feels exactly the same as my torn meniscus did. I saw the ortho, who suggested the symptoms don't sound like a torn meniscus. Since they are exactly what I had before, I'm not so sure. I rested the past couple of weeks, and did a lot of strengthening, and it still hurts like crazy if I do the wrong thing. Even swimming and deep water running hurt it. So I will get an MRI this week and try to figure it out.
This brings me back to my daughter's question. I seem to be a magnet for non-life threatening medical issues this year. I am frustrated as all of my tri friends and teammates blog about their training and the start of race season, but at the same time there is a feeling of acceptance. I fully realize that I have SO MUCH to be thankful for, and I am. So while I am putting it out there right now, I know whining gets old.
I was laughing to myself the other day as I told a friend about reading other blogs where friends/teammates/fellow bloggers post their training numbers (swim/bike/run distances logged). My training is virtually nonexistent (though thanks to teammate Andree I am ready to begin my pro career as race sherpa).
Here are my 2010/2011 numbers so far:
- MRIs - 2 (soon to be three)
- CT scan-1
- Blood draws- 7
- Hearing tests-3
- Little round scars after attempted ablation- 3
- Little round scars on left knee- 3
- Courses of oral steroids- 3
- Courses of antibiotics- 2
- 2x normal (size my foot was after swelling up in reaction to a foot spray)
- Expletives uttered after recent knee injury (too many to count)
- Reasons to suck it up and get over it- countless
Maya Angelou said it well.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."