There’s no way around it… being injured sucks… but it’s all what you make of it. For the past (almost) 3 months my injury has kept me from doing a lot. I watched some highly competitive races I was signed up for pass, my friends are out doing epic things like R2R2R and TransZion, and I’ve done my best to stay positive. I’m actually pretty proud of myself for the way I’ve handled it all. It’s the first time I’ve ever had a serious injury that has kept me from running (or any sport) for more than a few days. Sure there were a few days when frustration set in but that’s because I thought I should have been healing more quickly if it was just a stress reaction. Luckily I had Maggie there to keep in good spirits and Ruby to occupy all the free time i used to have!
Deciding go back for another MRI was well worth the copay and peace of mind. If I would have originally known it was actually a stress fracture I wouldn’t have been riding as much as I did the first 2 months and would not have signed up for the Belgian Waffle Ride. While I’m stoked I did all that riding and BWR (something I won’t soon forget) it definitely delayed my healing femur. Since BWR I have scaled back the riding and intensity. No more group rides, shorter more mellow weekend rides, and even more focus on fun.
Beers & Baseball
This past Monday marked 3 more weeks since I got my second MRI confirming I had a healed stress fracture and after a meeting with my doctor he suggested more time off… so that’s what I did… 3 more weeks. It was actually easier to do knowing I actually had a stress fracture and after not running for 2+ months what’s a couple more weeks? So more easy riding, having fun with Maggie & friends, and trying to keep up with quickly growing Ruby (she’s gained over 10+ lbs in the last 3 weeks…. and she can drink from a water fountain.
I can honestly say that at end of all this, when I am back racing, this will be for the best. For one it will make me a better athlete and put more thought into my training going forward. It also reinforces that racing & training isn’t everything to me. Even without running or racing I have been happier than I have in a long time. Everything going on my life right now is super positive. This doesn’t mean I still don’t want to smash myself on the trails or race but sometimes it’s good to take a step and realize how good life is when you take that all away. So this was a good life lesson for me.
with all that being said… I am back running absolutely pain free (fingers crossed). Gone is that “tightness” or dull ache… Just post running sore legs! It’s crazy how sore I was from my first 30 min run. I don’t think I was that sore after some of the epic runs Maggie and I did this winter. I know I have to come back slowly and I’m being super cautious. I’m not sure when racing will happen again but I am not worried. It’s baseball season, summer is around the corner, the water is warming up, i have a new surfboard, Sculpin is on draft practically every where in north county, and soon I’ll be back to chasing Maggie on the trails…