I recently was interviewed by a woman from Muse for Oakley Women. She had asked me a very interesting question that got me thinking…
How would you FEEL if you couldn’t workout AT ALL for a month?
In all 28 years of my life, I hadn’t ever thought about it, and to be honest, I’ve been very fortunate and have for the most part been injury free for all 28 years. A few sprained ankles, or pulled hamstring muscles here and there, but nothing where I couldn’t do, ANYTHING. She had qualified it to me being in a hospital for the entire month, or bed ridden.
My immediate reaction was that, I would feel trapped, claustrophobic, and HELPLESS. So, what did working out really mean to me then? I, sometimes, am out for a long run, or long ride, and I think…WHY am I doing this? There’s a sense of accomplishment, and I like to look good, and it makes me feel good, but really WHY? And when I looked at it the other way, and thought about not being able to workout, it got me really thinking what working out, or what triathlon really means to me. It means FREEDOM. It means INDEPENDENCE. It means ADVENTURE, strength, passion, sense of accomplishment, pride. But the most important thing I realized is that truly the ability to workout provides me freedom and independence. I thought, how crazy is that? I had an epiphany, and found out WHY, I do triathlon, it isn’t just the challenge, or the competition, or the fun of it, but it provides me the ability to express my sense of freedom and independence.
How would YOU feel if you couldn’t workout for a month or longer?