Well things are finally looking up! As of my last update, my foot was still quite painful and I was still unable to run, but I’m very happy to report that things seem to be improving! I had a cortisone injection on both sides of my foot about 3 weeks ago and literally woke up pain free the next day for the first time in a year! It is the most wonderful feeling to not hobble out of bed in the morning or to have to take “breaks” when walking for any period of time to rest my hurting foot! I realize that cortisone is not a prolonged treatment method and that there are still underlying “issues” with my foot, but it’s been a huge relief just to be out of pain, even if it is may only be temporary.
That said, I’ve been “cleared” to run so long as it doesn’t hurt! I’ve been very smart (yes, me!) and haven’t run more than 4 miles at a time (once), with most runs of just 2-3 miles. I’ve done some longer walk / jogs but have generally just kept on with my normal “injured” workout schedule. As much as I’d like to get back to racing and full-on training, I’m hesitant to do too much too soon until I see how this cortisone will do in the longer term vs. just a few weeks. Some people get one injection and never deal with the issue again…others have pain return as soon as the cortisone wears off. I’m praying I’m a “one and done” and if so, I’ll be kicking myself for years to come that I didn’t get the injection before Cabo. What do they say…”hindsight is always 20/20”.
“Training” wise, I’ve been doing a few longer rides on the weekends for fun with good groups of people and it’s been nice to see my fitness on the bike returning much faster than I anticipated. It has been great to just ride and go along with whatever everyone else is doing. I hate being the selfish one who has intervals and such to do as I was in the time leading up to Cabo. During the week, I’ve been sticking with some time on the spin bike, elliptical, stepmill, a swim here and there (not nearly enough), Body Pump / strength workouts, and have recently been back to some more intense workouts like athletic conditioning. All in all, I feel content with my current level of fitness and it’s been a nice break to step away from hard core training, the ups and downs of racing, and the intensity of that lifestyle, and just enjoy an active life!
A few athletes that I coach decided to do Lake Logan Olympic in Canton, NC this past weekend. This is a beautiful, “friendly” course, so I thought it’d be a fun first Olympic distance race for some of my less-experienced clients…including my sister! I had planned all along to go and spectate the event, but had been teetering for a few weeks on whether I wanted to participate in some fashion. I felt very strong last weekend on a ~90 mile ride and decided on Monday that I may as well register for the “Aquabike” event. If I was going to drive up there, get up at 4:30am to be at the race site, and be standing around for ~3+ hours, I might as well get a good workout in and still be done in time to cheer everyone on during the run! Obviously you can make any triathlon into a swim / bike event by just turning in your chip post bike ride, but if you know me, you know that would be really hard for me to do. This was actually a designated Aquabike event so I couldn’t pass it up.
Swim: 26:50 – 28th
Yep, confirmed, still slow but this was actually one of my best Olympic distance swims. Given I’ve swam about 8 times since March, I’m pretty pleased that I felt as good as I did. The water was cold, but actually refreshing and I was even able to do some drafting. I do wish someone could explain to me why I pull left so badly in the open water, but all in all, I did a really good job today of swimming straighter and sighting…my Garmin file didn’t make me cross-eyed and I actually swam up on people AND passed them! 🙂
T1: 1:53 – 4th
It was a pretty long run to T1 – given my lack of run fitness right now, this was probably the hardest part of the race 🙂 I didn’t do anything fancy with shoes or attempt any flying mounts…I just put my shoes and helmet on and ran out. Pretty basic.
Bike: 1:05 – 3rd
I felt very good on my bike, despite panting like a dog the entire ride. My legs had some good snap to them and it was pretty fun to basically ride as hard as I could knowing I didn’t have to run after. Fueling is much less important when you’re only riding 25 miles and don’t have to run so I basically just put my head down and hammered. I may have had a little more in the tank if I was actually competing for something but it’s kinda hard to really bury yourself when there’s really nothing on the line. I started in the last swim wave, so it was fun to pass a lot of people on my bike. It reminded me of racing age group, which I miss from that prospective. Racing “Open” is much more lonely for us weaker swimmers.
And then…my race was over.
Anticlimactic? Yes, very.
Anxious to tear out of transition and run? Yes, very.
Glad to at least be able to swim and ride? Yes, very!
Total time: 1:33 – 1st Aquabike girl or boy 🙂 At least I got a very nice transition mat.
Regardless, it was awesome to be out there and a really fun weekend with friends / clients / family!