I haven't written much about this yet, but I'm currently dealing with two injuries that are forcing me to really reevaluate and modify how I'm exercising. My lower back has been causing me issues since early December, and my painful right knee is hopefully just a reoccurrence of runner's knee, and not an as-of-yet undiagnosed meniscal or other more serious injury. Therefore, my body just cannot handle the amount of exercise that my mind wants it to, resulting in a struggle for someone who genuinely loves to work out.
However, I'm trying to be satisfied and accept where I am now in my fitness journey.
And that is really how I'm trying to view it right now, as a journey.
For now, that means 15 to 20-minute sessions at the pool, instead of the hour long Masters Swimming sessions that I was participating in last fall.
I'm using this time as an opportunity to focus on my form, concentrate on engaging my core and also really trying to bilateral breathe (habitual one-sided breather).
It means riding my bike for fewer miles on flatter terrains. Luckily, we have a really beautiful lakeshore path in Madison that is about 5 miles roundtrip from my house. If I journey into the surrounding neighborhoods, I can tack on a few more miles. I'm taking the time to really appreciate the moments that I get to exercise, and the beautiful scenery around me.
Later it may mean even less exercise, and hopefully will one day mean a return to longer exercise sessions while training for running races and triathlons, but I'm trying to find happiness and gratitude in the right now.
Have you ever dealt with multiple injuries? How do you cope with being able to workout less than you'd like?