Life continues to be extra crazy with living in Rochester with the in-laws, and working in my new position at Midwest Dairy. Plus, my hubby and I are in the works of possibly buying a house (hooray!). So stay tuned for news on that front. With my busy schedule, if I am able to get in any workouts during the day I am a happy girl. I’ve been taking advantage of the Tri Rochester Club’s Tuesday night time-trials, and swimming at Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abrams Healthy Living Center pool. In terms of running, that has pretty much come to a stand still (pun intended).
A couple weeks ago I was at the height of my training and running mileage, and unfortunately my body decided to rebel. Specifically in my left leg with IT Band syndrome. If you haven’t had IT Band syndrome it is a sharp pain that runs along the outside of your leg anywhere from your hip all the way down to your outer knee. My pain tends to stick between those two points, and the pain treatment for it is rest. Which means that I have basically not run since the 2nd weekend in August! This is particularly scary considering that pretty much an entire month of no running and then proceeding to walk/run the distance of a marathon.
My #1 goal at this point is to get this tendon calmed down as much as possible so that come race day I can get through as much of that 26.2 mile run course without pain. I’ve visited Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine department twice now and am working with all-star physical therapist CK. He performed a run analysis, and surprisingly everything concerning my run form looks pretty good. We’ve got a recovery plan in place that involves elliptical work and minimal running on a treadmill, icing, Aleve, foam rolling and deep tissue/Grasston technique every few days. Following Ironman Wisconsin, I will likely need to beef up the strength in my hips and butt to help support the IT band better, but at this point that won’t help me with only two weeks to Ironman. When I get to race day the plan is to take advantage of Aleve, and focus strongly on a run/walk schedule from start to finish. I need to avoid stopping at all costs because it will cause the muscles and tendon to tighten up further and become very painful. Oh the joys of Ironman!
Even with injuries training does continue on, so I’m focusing on the swimming and biking aspects but nothing too strenuous as we are in the home stretch of training with only two weeks to go! At this point, my goal is to finish and just enjoy the whole experience of completing an Ironman. I’ve heard from many people that it will be an amazing and fun day. While I’m feeling a little skeptical in the fun part, I’m very confident that I’ll be able to reach the finish line with a smile on my face.
In terms of good news, I was able to get my wetsuit back from the Duluth Triathlon that I had thought was lost forever! The downside was that my husband had already purchased a brand new wet suit for me to use for Ironman. So now I have two BlueSeventy sleeveless wetsuits! If someone is wanting to purchase a used, good condition sleeveless women’s medium wet suit get in contact with me. I may be interested in selling my older one.
T-16 days until Ironman Wisconsin!