Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January - The Perfect Month to F**k Yourself Up

Not in a good way.

I feel like I'm training like total pro (as in a "pro-fessional triathlete" not as in a "pro-stitute") these days. I have a coach, I had a couple of days with multiple workouts, I am constantly hungry and my leg is fucked up. It seems like January is the month when serious athletes and triathletes get hurt. Just to name a few: Chrissie Wellington has a fucked up hand from falling off her bike on a patch of ice, Lauren Groves has lost the use of both arms after doing an endo in Maui, Beth Shutt is laid up, Erin is laid up, Steve in a Speedo - in pain. Frayed Laces - nursing a sore ITB (but she runs ultras so she should get over it.) Kerrie was "hurt" with a hip flexor that wasn't firing, but I call "bullshit" because she ran a sub-3 hour marathon. (Of course now she claims to not be able to walk so good.) Tasha got a new rack, so her situation is a little different, but I like to acknowledge all the walking wounded out there. Meg - gimping. D - just has "issues." I am not sure they are really "injuries" but I like to include all manner of maladies happening in January. (D - I kid. I am just jealous that you only have to worry about one sport.) I am sure I have forgotten many others who are feeling less than 100%, suffice it to say you are forgotten but not forgotten (whatever, you know what I mean.) So, I must be a "serious triathlete" because I, too, am hurt in the month of January.

Today, I bit that bullet that is healthcare and went to see the doc about my bum ITB/knee/hip. I followed the whole "keep going until it affects your stride, stroke, etc." rule of thumb and this morning at masters I just couldn't take it any more. It hurt to kick and push off the wall and swimming for me has NEVER hurt. (My fly was rocking today though.) I have an appointment with a PT on Friday morning. This will certainly be a new experience. Until then I am on easy spinning, easy running and swimming - as long as it doesn't hurt. I was also supposed to run the Frozen Half Marathon on Saturday, but I will be sitting this one out. It was a "fun" race and I don't need to push it. The weather looks to be questionable with rain/freezing rain a 70% possibility. Why would I want to run in that crap anyway? So, thank you ITB, your discomfort has saved me from different discomfort and misery that would be running in freezing rain.

Let's hope that come February everyone is feeling better and not all sitting around talking about their various aches and pains like a bunch of blue-hairs and gummers at a 24 hour bingo tournament. And let's hope my insurance covers this PT, because that would be more painful than anything my ITB could throw at me.

14 comments:

D said...

I'm honored to be mentioned. If it makes you feel any better, the pain that Steve (hopefully not in a Speedo these days) is having is also affecting me. My own fault though... I haven't been stretching.

Teresa said...

Injuries, no fun.....EVERYONE get better. Now I am going to get off this site to avoid catching the "itis" going around.

tn

Molly said...

I hope your appointment is able to get you some relief and you feel better soon!

And *sniff* I guess I'm not serious since I'm not injured.

kerrie said...

yeah, i think it's contagious....but i hear you, once something goes, everything is affected(i'd swim more but i can't kick or push off the wall either...)...however, i keep telling myself that it is better to be f*cked now than in june(honu anyone??) and it is a reminder that i need to focus a little more on the recovery stuff.

MM said...

Damn glad I haven't hurt myself lately. Oh wait. Everyone should just wear a helmet.

Erin said...

So THAT is why I am having issues. Because it's January. I never realized it before. Thanks for pointing it out Todd. Maybe all of our nagging issues will disappear in February (we can hope can't we)?

FLATOUT JIM said...

I feel good right now, but since you have mentioned it, I'll probably fall off my spin bike or whack my head off the wall doing back stroke at our next masters swim.

So thanks a lot in advance!

ADC said...

And all I am waiting for now is your post about swimming the channel :))))

Mary said...

I'm totally annoyed that my injuries didn't make the list.

Thanks T-odd, I so feel your love.

Beth said...

ARGH!! So sorry to hear about this ITB pain of yours. I understand your frustration completely. Look into any practitioners that do ART (active release therapy) in your area. I've used ART before on unruly ITBs and have had great success. (PT is great too!)

Either way, I totally think we are the smart ones, you know...getting injured now so by the time the big races come we'll be nice and healthy and fresh. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. ;) Feel better soon Todd!

NJ said...

I thought you said that January was a month for serious athletes to be hurt...so why are you in pain?!! J/K!

Get better soon. Hopefully your PT has a few answers.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

I love seeing patterns! Great job highlighting (and joining) the trend T-odd! I think you should somehow join the fly race between Maggs and Charisa - after you're healed, of course. I feel your healthcare cost pain.

Tasha the Triathlon Goddess said...

Thanks for including my triathlon goddessness self in your list - though you know me, willing to do anything for the sport.....

But I wonder why I now have people wandering over to my blog looking for pics of my new bike rack? Hmm....

Charisa said...

Hope you feel better soon. Getting help is the first step in recovery :)