It has been 1 month since it was confirmed I had a stress fracture. I’m walking with no pain and the pool sessions, although boring, are keeping me engaged in training. I will hopefully begin to slowly work in some short runs on the Alter-G in the coming weeks. I really have no idea what the next few weeks will hold as I have never had a stress fracture in my life but I will continue to be cautious and smart.
On Monday morning I took a direct flight to New York City to join Esther at the New York Athletic Club’s All Sports Dinner. The NYAC is the club that Esther runs for and they have been a great support system for her the past 2 years. The NYAC was founded in 1868 and, in addition to being a private athletic club, sponsors professional athletes in various Olympic sports from water polo and rowing to track and field and team handball. The annual dinner is for those athletes that had either won a national championship in their discipline or made a World Championship team.
Esther was invited to this year’s dinner because she was on the World Championship team in August. Larry Rawson, ESPN track and field broadcaster, was the emcee while Hall of Famer Joe Torre and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred were the invited speakers. It was a very cool event and I was proud to be Esther’s guest for the evening. I also really enjoyed learning about all the non-track and field athletes accomplishments. It is very easy to forget that there are so many Olympic-caliber athletes from less than mainstream sports that toil away in anonymity in pursuit of their Olympic dreams. And to have all of these successful athletes together in one room was very motivating and impressive. My takeaway: dreams, especially the really big ones, are worth working hard for.
Also, Esther and I were lucky to be at the same dinner table as Mike Brannigan. For those that don’t know, Mikey is an autistic runner from New York who last year was one of the top 10 high school runners in the country running 4:03 for the mile and 8:42 for 3,200 meters. Mikey’s parents were told very early on that they should look into putting him into a special school and group home but he defied those odds and graduated from Northport High School last Spring. Unfortunately, Brannigan does not meet the NCAA’s academic standards and thus cannot run at the Division 1 level despite over 200+ scholarship offers.
Esther and I were both very impressed with how happy, joyful, gracious, and mature he was. In speaking with his mother Edie, it has been an incredibly challenging road up to this point but both she and her husband are so visibly proud of their son. I wish him nothing but the best as begins his indoor season as a member of the NYAC! GO MIKEY!
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Here is my last week of training (11/8-11/14):
Sunday: AM: 45 min spin (basically off)
Monday: AM: 75 min aqua jog/swim PM: 50 min spin
Tuesday: AM: 1hr 50min jog/swim
Wednesday: AM: 90 min swim, 50 min spin
Thursday: AM: 65 min jog/swim PM: 2 hr walk
Friday: AM: 80 min aqua jog, 20 min pool HORSE w/Colley
Saturday: AM: 90 min aqua jog
Total: 0 miles run, 6 aqua jog/swim workouts, 2 spin sessions