I Didn’t Tri

I haven’t run since last Friday.  Every day, I wake up and evaluate my rib situation.  There’s been some improvement, but still some tenderness.  Occasionally, when I sneeze or cough, I’ll feel tightness in my side.  Oddly, driving my car causes some discomfort. 


Then, while hanging some laundry in the closets yesterday, I felt a new pain as I pushed the clothes to one side and at that moment, I decided not do the Faces of Courage triathlon on Saturday.  I figured if I couldn’t push without causing myself some pain, then how could I swim?  How can I run if taking deep breaths hurt?


My wonderful husband brought my bike to the local bike shop for a tune-up and to repair my handlebars.  Once my bike was good as new again, Allan suggested I go for a test ride or run to determine if I could attempt the tri, but I was too nervous and thought I would cause more damage to myself.  What if a decent dismount caused me more pain?  In the end (late Friday evening), I opted out of the event.  The most upsetting part for me is the “no show” results that will appear in my active account.  Spoken like a true athlete, right?  LOL


I don’t think any athlete likes to rest even though we know it’s the best medicine to heal an injury.  I’ve been anxiously sitting around the house and all this nervous energy is building. I can’t wait to hit the pavement again.  Hopefully, tomorrow I can attempt a couple of miles.  *Fingers crossed*


From all of this, I have learned a great lesson.  From here on out, I will only ride my bike on the trail.  My friend, Chrissy, wants to ride with me during the week once school starts and I will ride with her hubby’s bike group once in awhile on the weekends.  Safety in numbers 😉


On a side note, I came across this funny t-shirt design from I Do That!  This is so me.



  1. Erin says:

    that sucks that you had to miss out on your tri – I look forward to reading more of your blog. I’ve been dreaming about a tri but I am getting ahead of myself – I should finish my 1/2 first.

  2. lindsay says:

    funny shirt 🙂

    sorry to hear you had to back out of the tri. there will be another one though and you should definitely continue to take it easy if the ribs are causing any pain! i hope it is just one bad bruising and not a broken rib. i don’t know how long these things take to feel better but i can imagine they might take longer than the typical aches we have.

    can’t you edit active.com to say “car tried to kill me while biking”? 🙂

  3. maris says:

    I think my biggest problem with triathlons is that I’d have to run or bike in a bathing suit. Ouch.

    Denise, thank you SO much for wearing my link in your sidebar. I just wanted to let you know that I’m over at http://ingoodtasteblog.net now – I moved to Typepad and bought my own URL. Just wanted to let you know and hope you’ll come and visit it!

  4. JenniferG says:

    Just want to say that I found your blog tonight and am totally loving it! I am also a running like crazy mom and I can relate big-time.

    I am sidelined a bit by an IT band injury but I am trying to recover enough to do a 1/2 marathon in October. We will see.

    So happy to have found a new bloggy-friend! Wishing you lots and lots of luck.

  5. Tiffany says:

    We are sorry we could not cheer you on for Faces of Courage. We hope you get better soon. And, thank you Chrissy for getting Denise on the trail, where she will be much safer!

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