January 14, 2013 by IowaTriBob
Like so many have experienced when training for a triathlon, the swings from workout to workout and week to week can vary widely. So why should this past week in Vegas for me be any different.
After starting what I would consider to be an awesome week with a nice 5 mile run in 50 degree weather to one of my most enjoyable bike rides along the Red Rock Canyon, my week took a turn for the worse.
Rushing in between a few business meetings I decided to stop in a nice site down café within one of the strip premier casinos with a few colleagues. We informed the waitress that we were pressed for time and asked that she help rush our orders along (in hindsight this was probably the nail in the coffin). I made a conscious decision to stay as paleo and healthy as possible and ordered the Ahi Cerviche and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Both tasted absolutely amazing.
And then, 6 hours later it hit me. The worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had. I’ll spare the details but it took me out of commission for 3 days straight. I’m fairly certain it was food poisoning and not the flu but the overall effect and results were pretty similar. I was down and down hard.
Now what bothered me the most was surprising. It wasn’t the fact of being or feeling sick. It wasn’t even the fact that I had missed several meetings that I really wanted to attend. What really bothered me was knowing that this was the first time in 6 months I had taken more than a day off of working out. In addition to missing my workouts I knew I was losing strength and losing weight (which I’ve been so focused on maintaining lately).
After a long trip back home, I did my best to put calories back in this weekend and even added in some fast food to help fill some cravings I found myself having. It wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to go for an easy 5K run and today was the first time in almost a week that I was able to complete a regularly scheduled workout.
I’m trying to stay positive but I know I’ve lost a little ground as shown by today’s swim workout. What should have been a fairly straightforward and simple workout was definitely tougher than usual. I’m now back on a solid eating schedule, workout plan, and am trying to gain back the lost ground as quickly as possible.
What’s been your experience with injuries and illnesses?
How long did it take you before you felt like you were back up to par with where you left off?