If there's one thing I've learned from the start of this season, it's that obstacles are just part of the game, overcoming them is the true test of an athlete's character. As such, a mixture of emotions went into explaining another Did Not Finish (DNF). After staring at a blank curser for a while, I decided to just outline what happened and broke this blog into five parts: the swim, the missed opportunity, the crash, the hospital and next steps. Feel free to skip directly to the part of interest for you.
The cold swim:
The missed opportunity:
I have to admit that after hitting the ground a spew of profanities came out of my mouth (much like Phoebe from Friends in this scene). This was not very professional, but I was pissed. Angry to have crashed again and lost the peloton, angry for having hurt myself, but above all angry that I was going to miss out on more Olympic qualifying points. I was able to put my bike back together and finish the remaining 15km on the bike, but I knew very quickly after transition that my left foot was not okay to run and I had to pull out.
Unfortunately, my medical team, coach and I decided I would not travel to China tomorrow to compete in the World Cup in Chengdu nor in the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama. Although I am now out of crutches and starting to walk it isn’t prudent to race in 9 days and risk injuring myself further and jeopardizing the rest of the season. The WTS in London on May 31 and I’m looking forward to being on the start line healthy and fit.