"The last four months have been wrought with stress so strong that I have been struggling both emotionally and physically. It has made everything from running to doing the dishes that much harder."
One’s personal inspiration or reason to keep slogging on after fifteen hours of swimming, biking and running can be anything. Whatever it is, it could also be a reason to quit.
In the days after, my lungs ached and felt bruised for over a week. My first two doctors told me to quit triathlon all together.
Being an athlete suffering from mental illnesses is no different than being a regular athlete. You have your good days and your bad days.
Triathlon and endurance sports are supposed to be fun and as my friends like to remind me "you don't have to do this." You should want to!