I was really hyped about this season, back in September. I signed up in a local triathlon club, I started training running once a week and doing one maintenance short run once a week. My plan was to keep consistent with the cycling, with a lot of Z2 for now, swim once a week, incorporate in time a bit of strength training, etc.
I got a small calf injury about 5 weeks ago because of dancing (and drinking, which doesn’t help) in a wedding party. I have been trying not to overdo the running, but the calf is slightly painful after every time I run again. It does not hurt during the run though.
About three weeks ago, I went to Mallorca on a cycling trip. I did 3 days, 12 hours in total, third day was all easy. Perhaps I did push it on the second day, but the other two days were easy enough. After my return, I got a major mood and energy slump that seemed to coincide with big storms and a stark change of weather, so I thought “oh well, that’s some of the old seasonal mood disorder thing”. It might have been overtraining from the cycling trip though… either way, I stayed well clear of the bike and running shoes for a whole week until I felt better.
About now, when things were looking up and I was gradually getting back to the program, I’ve got a nasty cold and I’ve been almost a week coughing and having “below the neck” symptoms (flu and covid tests return negative). It appears that in the presence of a “wet cough”, training is not advised, so I have stopped again.
So, I have had inconsistent training and poor health. I am eager to go, but I can’t do much for now. I am really upset that weeks are piling up and I haven’t been able to be consistent for the last few weeks, and I keep getting injured / sick without that much training (I am doing about 7 hours on a good week, and no VO2Max work or fast group rides).
I am not sure if I am looking for sympathy, advice or what, I am just way pissed off with how things are going , I am so eager to resume training but can’t train right now. I am restless thinking of all the “lost” time. I’ll try to enjoy other stuff unrelated to exercise, but I had my mind so focused on this, and it’s been derailed by small but consecutive setbacks…