I largely got back into my training plan. The change has been to run a flat 10 KM, rather than 5, so I’m doing more distance than I had before. I have no idea on speed, but at this point – I’m just happy to be moving. I want to seek out a coach for improving my running, but I’m still not 100% so I’m hesitant to put time/money into this just yet.
Swimming seems to be at 90% recovered. Stamina and recovery are not there yet. Before the break, I was able to do 50 meters (25 m length) in 45-50 seconds. Currently, 50-55 seconds. At the time, I was thinking a consistent 50 seconds was fine because the amount of effort to be 5 seconds faster didn’t feel worth it.
I can’t quite figure out where I am with cycling. I’ve been able to keep a pretty good pace, but consistently on one of the real hill climbs – I loose a lot of ground to people I’d previously left behind. Part of it is time and fitness I’ve lost while others have maintained or gotten better, and part is that people have switched to their summer bikes. I don’t have a summer bike, and the plan to get one this year fell through. Not that my current bike is heavy, but riding ~18 lbs when most others are on 14+ lbs (yes, UCI illegal)…
As for the ribs? Last week I was worried they would never heal. If I slept on my back, there’d be a few moments before I hear/feel a pop/click. Sleeping on my chest seemed to work better, so I started to do more of that. I cough and sneeze, but there’s still some pain and odd constriction to remind me that I’m certainly not 100%. I did yoga, and it was largely OK. One of the more extreme spinal twists is doable, but feels a little tight in the chest.
It’s been a weird journey, experiencing my first broken bone. By most accounts, my experience is quite mild because I could sleep. Most I’ve spoken to were able to do some exercise. For me it was cycling while another wasn’t but could run. I never dared try running, but I was foolish enough to try swimming. I’m not out of the woods yet.