Today we are lucky to have good quality, fashionable sun protective clothing and glasses for active lifestyles. Over the last 30 years we have become much more informed as to the damage that the sun can do to our skin and eyes. Long gone are the days of adding iodine to baby oil, slathering our bodies with it and laying in the sun with tin foil while wearing those cheap sunglasses that looked good.
With social distancing in place and many restrictions on activities outside the home, the long leisurely bike rides seem more out of reach. Group rides (which I much prefer for long distances, for both safety and company) are off the table. If I have a mechanical issue that I can’t resolve (which is all of them), and I’m far from home, no one will be able to come get me without breaking social isolation/distancing rules. And, in some areas, going more than a few kilometers from your house is forbidden.
Not living in fear - this describes the moment I lived after we consulted with our healthcare provider and saw our baby move for the first time in our first trimester appointment. When you are expecting your first child it's a roller coaster of emotions and questions. One in particular as a triathlete - should I train during pregnancy?
In a time of uncertainty where everyone is panicking and stockpiling enough toilet paper for years to come, many of us triathletes are trying to stay motivated and keep up with our workouts as we watch more of our races that we have been training so hard for getting cancelled every day.
Nowadays I read more and more from social media how people are upset and losing motivation to train because they can't train how they want or are used to, or their competitions have been cancelled. Only thing I want to ask is: what the heck? Why…? What's wrong with you? You are an amazing and strong athlete, one or two postponed/cancelled competitions doesn't define you in any way.