Dealing with DNS
by Gordo Byrn
Two weeks ago, I hit a dog, at speed, while finishing off a ride in Tucson. I’ve had high-speed crashes before but this one was special, as a light tailwind had me flying north on Old Nogales Highway.
If you log a lot of bike miles then crashes are part of the territory. I do what I can to reduce/mitigate the risk:
My accident was the "normal" variety. Random dog ran out from the desert and under my front wheel. He didn’t stick around to check on me after I hit the highway.
Post accident, I consulted with our team doc. His advice was to wait 48-hours for my injuries to become apparent. I thought, "What the heck does that mean?" ...I would find out shortly! The injury to my rib cage appeared the next morning and grew for a 72-hour period.
Back in Boulder, we had a winter storm the second day (post-crash). Snowed in, blacked out and using my good arm to drag downed branches around my property... My mood was dark and I definitely do not recommend snow shoveling for rehab of an acute rib injury!
Despite my carefully managed online persona, I’m an up and down guy and I have a series of tactics that I use to manage the downs.
I made a deal with myself that I’d hold off for a week on making any decisions on IM Arizona. Across that week, I thought back to my original goals for the race:
I thought about Chrissie a fair amount that week. I can assure you that everything you’ve read has understated what that lady can -- and has -- trained through. Less than a quarter of her 2011 challenges have made it into the public domain. There was no doubt in my mind that “Chrissie Would Go.”
When I was racing elite, there was a joke between Molina and me: Gordo Would Go. We did some crazy stuff together. Those are fond memories and formed my athletic identity for many years. However, I also thought about the bigger picture of my current life and triathlon’s role within it.
Why do I participate in triathlon?
So I won’t be starting… …but I’ll be back.
Gordo is the founder of Endurance Corner. You can find his personal blog here.