Before my surgery, I stocked up on a few new books to keep me occupied during the recovery down time. Naturally, I chose books related to sport because if I can't be out engaging in it, why not read about it?? One book that particularly intrigued my interest was Deena Kastor’s memoir, Let Your Mind Run. Not only did this make for an exciting read (learning more about Deena's running career), it was also exactly what I needed in terms of a positive mental boost. When it comes to coping with an injury or setback, maintaining a positive outlook takes intentional work. Going into surgery, I was thankful to be moving forward, yet also dreading the inevitable downtime and feeling defeated by the fact that this was my 3rd major setback in a year. Even before reading this book, I was seeking out ways to infuse positivity into the process.
Lately I find myself daydreaming quite a bit. It started about 2 months during some of my longer rides and runs. I would find myself thinking about that time when did a 16 mile trail run the day after a 100 mile ride and enjoyed every second of it, or the time when I did double time trials up Harding avenue (a 2 mile climb in town) and felt strong. That 120 mile ride I did two summers ago, cruising through the final miles of my ironman in 2015, the time I bounced up the north rim of the Grand Canyon dropping my husband in the process. Those days and workouts that left me feeling exhausted but exhilarated, reaping the benefits of a level of fitness that comes from months upon months of hard work. Also a feeling I have not experienced much in the past year, and an aspect of training and racing that I am currently missing dearly.
It amazes me how God knows exactly what you need, when you need it, and fulfills those needs in creative and unique ways. A little over a week ago, I was desperately in need of a distraction and something to help me pass the days until having surgery on May 1oth (more on that in my next post). Waiting has been hard on me, harder than I anticipated, and I've had a lot of restless nights lying awake thinking about it, praying for rest, peace and patience. Then last week happened. I'm excited to tell you about it!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
The Power of Positive Psychology
Iliac Artery Repair & My First Overnight Hospital Stay
Learning to Let Go
Full House, Full Hearts
No One Ever Said It Would Be Easy
Hearty Miso Soup
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