Pardon the long radio silence, friends. Between long training weeks and recurring injury woes, I just didn’t have the energy or motivation to write my regular updates.
The calf issue that was supposed to resolve quickly became a bigger obstacle than originally expected. A week after completing my first round of physical therapy, my calf started to tighten up again as soon as I started running. I made the classic mistake of consulting Dr. Google, diagnosed myself with compartment syndrome, and convinced myself that there was no way I could finish IMCdA. My coach referred me to another PT who determined that I was suffering from a calf strain. Rehab involved glute and calf-strengthening exercises and running on the Alter-G antigravity treadmill. Over the course of four weeks, I gradually increased the weight bearing, duration, and speed of my runs. Last week, I was cleared to run outside under my full body weight. I can’t afford to get injured again since I only have two months until Ironman, so I’m being very conservative and taking regular walk breaks during my runs. I miss ass-kicking track sessions and long hilly trail runs but I’m happy to be making progress.
To compensate for my running setbacks, my coach turned the dial on my swim and bike training to 11. Most weeks, my schedule included three 4,000 yard Masters sessions, an open water swim, two weight training sessions and 5-7 bike rides. Unsurprisingly, I’m constantly tired, sore, and hungry!