We are consistently undermining ourselves and these HUGE accomplishments we are completing. Why was it 'just a sprint' or 'just a half' or 'just half your workout' when you were feeling sick? You got there and you CRUSHED what you were capable of on that day and at that time and you should be darn proud.
Training for a triathlon comes with many challenges. 5am wake up calls, sore muscles, squeezing in workouts, wet hair after swimming (ugh.. the worst), endless laundry, oh.. and periods. As women, we have an added challenge when it comes to triathlon training. Our hormones fluctuate throughout our cycle causing changes in energy levels, mood shifts, and physical changes.
I started my multisport adventure when I was 17. I grew up in Kansas City, a competitive swimmer since the age of 4. I had tried a few other sports like dance and gymnastics, but had always fallen back to swimming. As a Junior in high school my Dad raised the question to me, "You already are a swimmer, and you like to run...why not try biking and make this a whole new sport?"
The next few weeks, I had no energy. I had no desire to run. I was in constant pain, running hurt so much. Little did I know, I was suffering from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. Most common symptoms include fatigue, body aches, constantly feeling cold, extreme sleepiness, and weight gain.
Melasma is pretty common in runners and triathletes. I presume this is because we spend a fair amount of time training outside in the sun. This skin condition is characterized by brown patches which are, typically, on sun-exposed areas of the face. Sun, hormones and genetics are all contributing factors. Birth control pills and pregnancy are two hormonal factors that can contribute. For many triathletes, the most modifiable risk factor/trigger for melasma is sun exposure.