Training with an injury
At one point or another you will unfortunately pick up an injury. How you manage this and your training is vital in getting you back to 100% race ready.
The key thing to remember is having a successful and fast recovery from an injury is your responsibility. Take advice from others but you are the one who has to act and make the best decision. It is your body after all and you know it far better than anyone else!
Make a note on how the injury happened and add it to your training diary. Looking back you might see a pattern of overloading during your training or racing which could have been a contributing factor to the injury.
Some key points to consider
Doctors will often prescribe medicine but not give you everything you need to recover quickly. Seek advice from any relevant specialist e.g. osteo, physio, sports therapist, coach.
Injury dependent but try to move every day, even if it is for a short period of time and limited to a certain amount of body parts.
You can train parts of the body that do not hurt.
Learn quickly to recognise the difference between DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness) and what is an actual injury.
Consider the injury as a challenge and an opportunity to work on any weaknesses and review your training and race schedule.
Keeping a positive mental attitude is very important. It is easy to become negative and be full of self pity. This helps no one. As we say in the fitness business, suck it up princess!
Reduce the training load whilst training injured. Your body’s immune system is stressed already from the injury and doesn’t need high intensity training sessions as well to cope with.
Focus on rest and recovery with good quality nutrition. A shit diet along with poor sleep will slow your recovery.
At Mission Tri we have worked with many athletes and clients who have been injured or recovering from a surgical procedure. We have also had the misfortune of being injured ourselves on more than one occasion so know first hand the best way to get moving and racing again. If you have any questions contact us via our social media @missiontriathlon or via our website.