Remember how two weeks ago, snowboarding made my tibialis hurt so badly that I called it quits for the day? After that painful snowboarding adventure, I went home and I ran 4 miles, which caused more pain. So I paused my training plan, and didn’t run again for 5 days or so.
Well, things are looking up! Since that 5-day break, I’ve gotten right back on the training plan. Sort of. I’m still doing all my miles as 2/1s (2 minutes of running to 1 minute of walking), but my plan from the beginning has been to modify my training as needed for recovery. I’m actually super proud of how well I’ve done with holding off when things hurt.
Best of all, I went snowboarding this weekend, and fierce is back, my friends! I have my snow legs back! Every snowboarding season, it takes a little while to get back into snowboarding shape. Back in the day, when I got to ride 4-days-a-week, this meant one excruciating week of pain, typically in my lower legs and feet. Now, since I can’t ride during the week like I did before, it takes longer to get my body back in shape for snowboarding, as I’m out there challenging it so much less frequently.
This year, compound my typical beginning-of-the-snowboarding-season aches and pains with the fact that I’m still recovering from a running injury AND am generally out of shape from not being able to run, and it was disastrous.
Oh, except, I forgot to tell you: I also am a huge wuss, so tend to be somewhat tentative at the beginning of the snowboarding season as well. I get slow on runs that I should be able to speed down. I pause on double blacks. I sit down in the middle of runs. A lot. Like such a wuss. But really, I know I have it in me, and shouldn’t be afraid.
So, with all those things hurting my riding, it was a rough season for two months.
But today: I got my fierce back! My legs felt fine except on long traverses. And I felt confident and happy on my board. Like I should be! Okay, well, I was still a little scared on runs that I know in my heart of hearts that I should fly down, but I know I’ll get there, slowly but surely. In general, I was looking and feeling so much stronger on my board!
Here’s to a great season of fierceness and powder turns!
Do you ever not perform well at certain activities out of fear? What snaps you out of it?