My first triathlon is on Sunday
Last week I was freaking out a bit, okay alot. Which is a normal thing for me. I always have a freak out before an event...you know the, what am I doing? I'm not prepared enough, I can't do this, etc, etc. I finally calmed down by Sunday morning & went for a great 40km bike ride. By afternoon I was back to freaking out. Why you ask? I fell down my deck stairs. I don't know how or what happened all I know is I felt my left ankle & right knee twist in a way that was so painful I couldn't move for what felt like an eternity after. The first thing that came to mind (after the shock) was about my tri & how this is going to effect it.
When I was able to finally straighten my legs & stand up I went to the couch, elevated my legs & put ice on my knee & ankle. A few hours later when I ate dinner I took some Advil for the pain & swelling. The next morning my swelling had gone down alittle on my knee & my ankle wasn't swollen (just badly scraped up & bruised). I went to the doctor just in case, because I'm now a basket case.
She told me that my knee has soft tissue damage & she doesn't know if I'll be able to do the tri. She told me it would depend on the pain & be up to me if I do it. She didn't look very hopeful though.
I asked her if I do it & there was still alittle pain would I cause any damage. She said no....so this is good.
She gave me some anti-inflammatory cream & meds to help with the pain & swelling. I'm still using the cream, but the meds...I stopped after the first day. I'm suppose to take them twice a day for 5 days. I can't do it...they messed me up. I now understand how some people get addicted to prescription painkillers. I'll just stick with Advil.
I had a run scheduled for yesterday but I went home put my leg up & iced it. I even had it up at work....I'm gonna baby this sucker!!
This morning I went for a swim & it hurt abit at first but then it was okay. I stretched out my calf (cause they were tight before my fall & it's been alittle sore behind my knee since the fall) every 100-300m. It seemed to help.
As of now...the swelling is pretty much gone, I have a monster bruise, it's still very tender & I have a bit of a twinge when I walk, but I think I'll be able to do the tri. Fingers Crossed.
However, I can see a few possible issues:
1. Getting out of the pool. My bruised knee is the one I put on the deck to get out. I tried today to use my other knee & I can't get it onto the deck. So it's going to be entertaining to see me try to roll out of the pool. I can picture it now...and it's not pretty
2. I may not be able to run the 5km (it might be to much of an impact), so I might have to walk it instead, but I'm okay with that. I'm not in it to win it (not that I could anyway), I'm there to see if I can do it & to have fun.
Tonight & for the rest of the week I will continue to elevate my leg & ice it. I'm also gonna try to do some light stretches. It's a good thing this is my taper week!!
On a positive note.....I was having heel pain on my right foot. Since the fall it hasn't bothered me at all. So maybe when my ankle twisted, it twisted and/or stretched out whatever was wrong and/or put it back in place??
I've been practicing my front crawl abit with fins & a flutter board since the lifeguard gave me tips a while ago. I do this after my scheduled tri training (dog paddle). And I'll only do a few practice laps. Well...
I was feeling better about my front crawl a couple of weeks ago & felt it was time to let go of using the flutter board when practicing. So I did, but I continued using the fins.
Last week I noticed when I was doing my doggie paddle (which is what I'm using for my tri) my body wanted to do the front crawl. So I started to do the front crawl when I only had 1/2 a length to get to the wall. It seemed to be working. I realized I can do the front crawl without the board and the fins. I now proudly practice WITHOUT either!! I still have things to work on. And I'm not ready to do the front crawl for the tri as I feel out of breath. Kind of like how I felt when I started swimming the doggie paddle (which I've now mastered & don't have to take many breaks, unlike a few months ago).
Last Wednesday I went swimming & a lifeguard (who has supported me & who hasn't seen me practice without the fins) watched me front crawl. When I was finished my lap, I looked up & she was doing this
& congratulated me. It still makes me smile when I think about it.
On Saturday I went swimming & the lifeguard who gave me the few starter tips was there. I haven't seen her in forever & she told me my stroke has gotten sooo much better & she gave me a
Today's swim...I can tell my confidence level has gone up. Instead of doing the dog paddle for the whole 1,050m I decided to do the front crawl for 25m & on the 25m back I'd dog paddle. It shaved an average of 10 seconds off each lap.
I can't wait till I ween out the dog paddle & swim mostly the front crawl.