If you've been following along, you know that my first race of the season is next week. The NJ Spartan Beast. I trained hard all winter long trying to up my game. However, I trained too hard and was diagnosed with OTS. Symptoms included calf cramps and a lowered VO2 max. To correct the issue I had to dial my training way back for the past 5 or so weeks. My body, and mind, feel strong. However, my cardio and endurance have completely tanked. Next week I face a 13+ mile mountain race, that top Spartan pros like Tony Matesi and Norm Koch are calling one of the hardest Beasts yet. However, that is now only problem #1...
I had the pleasure of working with an incredible trainer for the first two years of my fitness journey. The most important lesson I learned was to accept no excuses. For every obstacle placed in front of you, there are many options to moving forward. This is the trainer who helped me continue training despite a separated shoulder for the 2014 AZ Tough Mudder, which was only 4 weeks post injury. I was able to fully rehab the injury and complete the race (minus a few obstacles for safety). Before I even knew the x-ray results yesterday I was running exercises through my head I could do sans my left hand: "squats and lunges yes, planking might be iffy, rower and swimming no, running maybe, cycling yes, core work yes, cant forget to hit my right arm as it's going to need to step up its game next week..."
I was elated to hear I was able to run with the fracture. I had a previous finger break that I could not (snapped my left ring finger in half in 2002). So yes, I'd made up my mind - I was tackling the Beast with crappy cardio conditioning, and a 9 day old hand fracture. Crazy? Admirable? Stupid? Gutsy?
Honestly...I have no idea.
I'd be lying if I told you I felt confident about this. I'm nervous about everything from messing my hand up, to my calves cramping, to pulling a DNF (did not finish). In fact I'm sitting here finishing off a bottle of wine as a pain killer, the OTC stuff has not been cutting it, and am wondering how much of an idiot I really am. I'm wondering how far STFU (Spartan the f*** up) is to be taken. I won't be able to complete 90% of the obstacles. Walls will be super iffy. Rope climb and monkey bars are out. Carry's will be iffy. Hercules Hoist one handed? Can I even do a burpee? Is it cheating to skip obstacles and not do them? Will I mentally be able to keep it together knowing I'm performing like crap and skipping stuff?
Tune back in next week to see how the race goes. Prayers and well wishes welcomed! Have you ever competed with an injury? How'd it go? What modifications did you do? Are you competing at the NJ Beast? Comment below. Don't be afraid to come say "Hi". I'll be the chick in the 9am Open heat with a taped up left hand!