Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We'll always have Paris (subtle)

We have a problem.

I injured my heel and/or ankle while on vacation. I'm not sure how, I don't remember it happening. It feels like a "compression pain", as if I stomped down on the ground too hard and compressed my ankle and knee together. It has been moderatley sore for a week, and I tried running on it for the first time tonight. I made it about 2/10 of a mile and said "nope, I'm done."

I am no stranger to injury. I've learned that the best thing to do is just let it rest. You won't lose any fitness gains by taking a week or 2 off if you have to. However, here's the problem: In 10 days I'm supposed to do the Santa Barbara Triathlon. It's a bit of a doozy. It's somewhere between an Olympic and a Half-Ironman; I'm calling it a One-Third-Ironman. One mile swim, 34 mile bike, 10 mile run. It was just a month ago that I completed the New York City Olympic Triathlon, and I ran out of steam during the run. If I was completely injury-free I would still be way behind in my training to complete this event.

I can only assume that my fott will be completely recovered by next week, although I don't know what effect the loss of training will have. I'm still go for launch, but this could be a serious problem.

In Greek mythology, Paris killed Achilles by wounding him in his only vulnerable spot, his heel.


Blogger Iron Pol said...

Here's my two cent's worth, from a runner's perspective.

If the pain is more tissue related, I'd say take some time and practice your RICE techniques. From what you're posted, this sounds different. More like joint issues. The few times I've felt like there was something grating/grinding/etc, I've gone to the doctor.

Take a few days, see how things go, and consider a doctor visit if it doesn't clear up. 10 miles is a long way on a bad leg. And if it's not an "A" race, the potential for damage might not be worth it.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Geek Girl said...

If it doesn't stop hurting, see a sport specialist about an MRI, to rule out a stress fracture, just to be safe. Good luck in the 1/3 IM!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Myles said...

Man, I wish you well. I am the last person on earth to advise on injury care because I usually just hammer myself into the ground and complain about the fact that it takes everything so long to heal.

Be careful.

3:22 PM  

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