MICHAEL LOVATO | Professional Triathlete




Almost Strong

Monday, February 18, 2008

I have gotten to the point where I’m almost strong. I am not quite strong, but I’m almost there. And by strong I mean strong enough to go back to a normal routine of swimming, biking, running, walking the dogs, hanging out with my wife, eating, and, of course, climbing the stairs.

I’m almost strong. But I’m not quite there yet.

Since getting the flu, I have found new meaning in the term: I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Although I did not trip and fall; nor did I crash my bike and fall; nor did I even fall off the top bunk; I fell, and I fell hard! I fell flat on my back and I have been worthless ever since. I feel like I got flattened. Like a pancake.

The past couple days, I’ve been getting back out there for some exercise. Amanda has been kind enough to ride and run with me a few times, right up to the point when she dropped me. And she’s been kind enough to come back for me… so she can drop me again. She better watch out. I’m almost strong again.

The other day I realized just how weak I had become when I couldn’t even finish a proper meal. I was just too tired to do so. I seemed to have a decent enough appetite, but I just couldn’t make myself keep chewing. I was worn out.

I have finally gotten somewhat used to making it up the stairs without needing a couch break at the top. Now that I have conquered that task, I’m setting my sights on putting together a good combo workout. My plan tomorrow is to wake up, climb the stairs without a break at the top, eat a full breakfast, then to ride my bike without getting dropped by Amanda. I am almost strong today, so I think I can do it tomorrow.

Once I’m back to being strong, I’ll focus on getting back in shape. Just before I fell flat on my back, I felt like I had actually begun to get in shape. Almost in shape.

2 Comment(s)

Bigun on 2/18/08 said:

Whatever’s going around is NASTY this year. I thought I was recovered and ran a marathon – totally messed me up; heart skipping a beat for a few days. Bottom line…be careful with it. Less than 18 weeks till CdA, btw…

Mel on 2/20/08 said:

How does it feel to be chicked….Go Amanda :) Kidding aside, I am glad you guys are feeling better….YOU HAVE JOBS TO DO (racing) with AWESOME results…get well and back to work!!

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