Then Friday rolled around and it was Dizzle's birthday, so I chose a cupcake over Sleeper.
And when Saturday came, I was just plain scared to try.
Scared that working out was REALLY going to hurt and I would end up discouraged.
Scared that it wouldn't hurt at all and I wasted three weeks being lazy.
Scared that I had lost ALL my fitness.
Scared that my trainer would somehow release Sleeper and I would go crashing to the ground again.
I know. All RIDICULOUS reasons to be scared. But, EVERY SINGLE ONE of them crossed my mind.
But then Sunday morning arrived and I knew I had to start my day right. That I had to workout the second I got out of bed, so that I couldn't give myself a reason not to. So, that's what I did. I got dressed. Put my sling BACK ON. And jumped on the treadmill.
I pushed the incline to 10% and the pace to 3.5 (which equates to the effort of an 11:39 mile), and walked for 30 minutes. When I was done, I grabbed some water and hopped on Sleeper. And I sat there. Thinking. Trying to figure out how to get comfortable. Questioning if I was really going to ride or just sit there and catch my breath. After five minutes, I started. And pedaled and pedaled for 30 minutes.
And when I was done, I realized that I had learned a few things on my first day back ...
- Slings are not made of wicking material.
- Walking a 10% incline at 3.5 mph may equal the effort of an 11:39 mile, but it feels a lot harder than that.
- I am by no means PAIN FREE when I walk and ride. But, the pain is tolerable and much less than it could have been.
- I sweat. A lot.
- I have to sit straight up when I ride. This means that the pretty new Aero Bars that SpeeDee gifted to and installed for me are rendered useless. I tried the whole one arm thing and it sucked. Both uncomfortable for my upper body and detrimental to my cadence.
- My butt hurts a lot more when I sit straight up that when I am in aero position.
- If yesterday's workout was any indication of when I will be able to swim, the answer is MONTHS not WEEKS like my doctor suggested. And if we are being honest, I can't imagine running anytime soon either.