It is far easier to knock confidence than to build it. Or at least I find that.
I’ve been doing so well lately; 5k PB, 10K PB, climbing the next level up on the bouldering wall, beating my fear of heights to have a fantastic scramble up Snowdon. But then I had a slip off the wall, and then I got the ‘bonk’ on a bike ride, and then I fell six and half meters off the bouldering wall. After the first fall, I ended up struggling with the rest of my night of climbing, with zero energy whatsoever after the ride and in A&E until 1am after the second fall; thankfully it was only a sprained ankle. Bad things come in threes right?
It’s so frustrating when things like this happen. You feel improvements; feel stronger and fitter and then your strength that has slowly been building isn’t quite at the right level for the move you want to try or the distance and speed you want to ride. It’s a case of too much too soon, but sometimes it’s hard to know when to push and when to maintain to build consistency. I’ve never been very good at judging that.
I’ve been told to let my ankle recover but I can feel the time I’m losing to training. This weekend as well I’m meant to be doing Tryfan and Crib Goch; it’s been a week now and I'm definitely walking much better but I still do have a slight limp and I can't deny that worries me. I’m still hoping to do them. It’d be great fun with my friends and a fantastic challenge to take on but at the moment would it be pushing too far?
This is one of those times where being an amateur sports enthusiast (I’m not sure I’d venture so far as to call myself an athlete, yet) it is hard to do the right thing to improve fitness and strength, prevent injury and fatigue and recover as well. So now it’s time to heal my ankle and build my strength to prevent it happening again. Cardio fitness is one thing but I’m realising that unless I pay attention to other muscles besides my heart and lungs, these challenges are going to be much harder than they need to be. Time to get back up, get better and get going.