Has it really been 4 weeks since my last blog? I really don’t know where the time goes!
The last time I wrote I was recovering from Brighton Marathon, expecting a few days of muscle soreness and knowing that I would lose at least a couple of toenails, which happens to me every year!
But on top of this, I unfortunately also developed a niggle in my right knee, and my physio uttered the word that every sportsperson dreads to hear.. REST.
That word tends to strike terror in those of us who can’t sit still, and at the back of my mind I was thinking ‘no way’ .
But, being a sports massage therapist myself I knew he was right and I took 2 weeks off running and cycling, and just did a lot of swimming instead.
That’s the beauty of triathlon, if there are one or more disciplines you aren’t able to do, there is always one to work on while you recover, and it gives you time to work on technique for that particular sport.
So, my swimming is coming along very nicely, and I am pleased to say that I am back cycling, and tentatively running now.. Ironman Sweden is only 13 weeks away now, so I am working on upping my distances, working on technique, doing some speed and strength work, as well as a whole world of stretching and foam rollering to keep my muscles healthy.
My Sports Massager came in very handy with my knee injury. I attached the soft pad and gently worked around my knee joint to increase the circulation to the area, and give the tendons/muscles of that area a ‘micro’ massage, then applied some ice to reduce inflammation.
That, combined with some forced rest, seems to have done the trick!
This week, my longest sessions are: a 60 mile bike, 180 length swim (4.5km), 6 mile run plus other sessions to work on speed and strength. It keeps me out of trouble!
I am still working on finding a charity to raise funds for by doing this event. There are so many I would love to help, but I just can’t choose. The list is endless.
I am hoping that by the time I write my next blog I will have picked one close to my heart , and will be on the way to raising some funds for a deserving cause.
That will also help me during the race: when I am suffering I can think of others much worse off, and again say to myself that ‘pain is temporary’!
So, let’s hope the weather improves for us all over the next few weeks so we can get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors without coming home looking and feeling like drowned rats!
Take care, and enjoy your chosen pursuits, hopefully injury free!