This is my journey from couch to athlete.

Friday, August 08, 2008

The waiting game

For the last two weeks, I've been going to physio a lot and doing a bit of training. I know it's taper time but I admit that I have lost all motivation to train. I think this is just the burnout showing itself. Can't blow it now, it's only 2 weeks away but it's tough to drag myself to the pool or to ride. 

The swelling on my ankle has come down and I can walk pretty comfortably now so I thought I would try to ride my bike outside tonight. I think it's partly psychological but I thought I would hurt myself when I unclipped or leaned on my left side and sure enough, that's exactly what happened. I can unclip no problem, I just pull my foot to the inside  instead of out (thanks for that idea Jordan!) But I go to stop at a light and decide to unclip with the right and lean on that side. I'm sure you can guess what bike starts leaning to the left. Luckily I pulled my foot out and put it on the ground before I fell over but then my ankle was really hurting so I turned around, came home and put my bike back on the trainer. I was going to ride with my friends tomorrow but think I might opt for a mtn bike ride instead. 

Of course not being able to ride 2 weeks before race day is really concerning and I'm stressed that I'm just being too wimpy because I'm scared to delay my recovery or injure it further. 


  • At 7:46 AM, Blogger Sonia said…

    I'm happy to see some update from you! I've asked twice how the ankle was and you didn't reply so I tought it was not going well at all.

    I think it's normal to be so fearful of hurting yourself more right now. And so close to the race. If you can train inside and are more confident I would keep doing it like that.

    Good luck for the remaining weeks before the big event!

  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Kelodie said…

    Kerry, I think only you knows what your ankle can or cannot take right now. I know some people will train through injury and end up fine, but if you think there's a risk of delaying your recovery, then you should listen to it in my opinion. You know your body better than anyone else. Do what makes you feel well!

    I hope you are completely healed very soon.

  • At 9:56 AM, Blogger Shaunene said…

    on my quest to help you with my knowledge of ankle sprains - maybe get some Traumeel - it is a natural homeopathic product you can get in drops/tabs and cream at any health food store - it is an anti-inflammatory and has healing properties. My husband broke his ribs in mid June (DON'T ASK) and because he is a paramedic with no benefits he could not be off for too long. I immediately put him on the tabs and gently rubbed the cream on the area 2x a day - he was back at work in 2 weeks - not 100% but it shocked a lot of folks. I use it for everything. Traumeel.... oh and rest if you're tired - 2 weeks out there is not a lot you can do to improve but a lot you can do to injure. I can hardly wait to see you race. Shaun


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