On the first weekend of this past semester, (September) I completed my first HIM. It was great, and I had a great time, but I hurt my back which killed my off-season training. I slept on the ground, took lots of pain killers, saw a therapist, did lots of stretching and had a miserable first half of an off-season. It got so bad, I quit reading posts on this forum. I almost thought about quitting because of all the pain that I had to deal with. It was really depressing to not be able to simply
Well, I didn't quit and I am at the point where I am off pain killers, can carry a bag on my back without any problems and have gone on two joyful runs (30 min. 10 min per mi) and here I am. I am planning on doing another HIM later in the summer (Late July or August), do a couple sprints earlier in the year and a half mararthon at the beginning of May.
I am an experienced triathlete on the sprint level and have been working up to the IM level until this injury occurred. (Never hurt your back, worst thing ever. I am 21 and I am saying that!) So I am picking up a lot of dashed pieces, at least it feels like, and I don't know where to begin. I won't be able to swim until March or April, when it gets warmer outside (I can only swim outside, for the most part because of where I live.) So I am limited to biking and running.
Something that I tend to do is take off too fast and burn myself out. With a full load of classes, I can't have that having nor do I want to happen. (Who really wants to have that happen, on second thought. lol) I want to start, but I am afraid of hurting my back again. So, how can I restart? How can I find out where I am at physically and begin to work up a training schedule again? Along with this question, should I do any weight lifting? I have lifted in the past, and it has been helpful, but part of the reason for my injury was that I didn't allow for recovery before I started to post-season lifting. At this point, with starting with broken pieces and trying to find where I am at should I lift or wait until next fall?
I essentially have two questions:
1. How can I restart with my situation?
2. Should I do any lifting at the beginning of my training?