The first week of April, my good luck elephant bracelet broke during masters. Call me superstitious, but since then… oof. Training’s been meh, I’ve been feeling meh (the flu and an ear infection)… so much meh. And, it all culminated on Monday, with an MRI…
Let’s back up. The last week of March, I stupidly swam a long set with stiff fins. (I’m not saying this is the culprit, but it could be a contributing factor.) A week later, around mile five of an easy, run-of-the-mill six-miler, an ache in my right ankle appeared outta nowhere. As soon as I got home, coach and I talked, and I stopped running for eight days. It felt better, so I ran super easy again, but the slight ache came back during the second three-miler. Again, I stopped running, this time for a week – and, saw an ortho doc who ruled out a stress fracture (by using a tuning fork… who knew!). Again, it felt better, so I ran easy a few times last week, but the ache returned during the third run. Frustrated, I had an MRI on Monday because I had to know what was up. Not knowing is way worse than the MRI price tag… right?!
Right where it hurts. And, I should note that my run build has been super conservative. #slowisthenewfast
The verdict: an anterior medial tibia stress reaction (the least serious + a precursor to a stress fracture) – and, no running for 3-4 weeks. Not what I wanted to hear, but I’m grateful it’s not something worse or later this year closer to Kona!
The silver lining of a month without running: I *get* to focus on what I can do… swimming, biking, and staying off my feet and getting the proper nutrition + taking supplements to help speed up the healing time.
Pretty excited to spend more time here!
Aside from this minor running setback, training is actually going well. The pool’s been a blast, and my lane mates continually push me out of my comfort zone. I’m seeing times I never thought possible (for me) – hello, 1:17 100! – and can finally flip turn(!). Another bonus: Swimming at 6:30a means I miss the traffic sh!t show (seriously, this may be the biggest perk of swimming before rush hour, as it cuts my commute in half).
As for biking… well, I’m still biking without power since I sold my Argon the end of March. It’s not ideal at all, but my Quarq is SRAM-based and my Madone has Ultegra components. I’ve been working hard by feel – Nick says he’s never seen me push so hard on the trainer – but it’s still impossible to know exactly what watts I’m putting out. That said, my new tri bike should – fingers crossed – finally be here next week, and with it, power again!
Anyway, am I worried about this minor blip? Hmm… I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t, so yes, a smidge. There may have been tears in the Target parking lot on Monday. Because no running (just when it’s finally nice in Minnesota, too), and it’s a really big year! But, that said, I’ve been here before and bounced back quickly. And, thankfully, my base is solid, and this injury minor. I’ll be running again before I know it!
And, you can bet my superstitious self already ordered another elephant bracelet…!