At this point in the year, I was hoping to be writing about the success of my first race in Sardinia, to see how the winter training was flowing through and build up to my busy next few months of racing.
However, it seems that April is not my month for racing, and after doing just the swim and bike of Challenge Rome last year due to a calf tear, this year I missed the Chia 70.3 triathlon as something was not right with my shin.
Up to about 3 weeks ago training had been going really well – I thought I had finally managed a winter of training with no little niggles or rolled ankles, and I had proactively been seeing the physio about some minor Achilles niggles which we have been managing. Running was starting to turn a corner, and generally speaking everything was moving in the right direction.
However, about 3 weeks ago I felt something in my shin, nothing painful, and it eased off as I was running, so I didn’t think too much of it. A week later when we were out in Sardinia I went for an hour run and it didn’t ease off, and I could then feel something the whole time. So I stopped running for the rest of the week, apart from trying a test jog a week later to see whether by some miracle I might be able to do the 70.3. Not a chance!
So having seen the consultant and getting an MRI it seems that I have a grade 2 tibial stress reaction, and thankfully no sign of it having progressed to a stress fracture. So another 10 days of no impact, and will then reassess, and make a further plan from there. Fingers crossed I will be running again for some of the next races I have planned!
Having spent quite a lot of Sardinia in a grump, not knowing what was going on and being immensely frustrated at not being able to run, not being able to take advantage of being on holiday and having all the time to train, and not being able to race, to being faced with potentially having a stress fracture that would put me out of all the races I have planned other than Kona, I am now just relieved that it doesn’t seem to be a fracture, and in the grand scheme of things I will be off running for a very short period of time.
On the plus side I have been able to properly support a few more of Barney’s races (and seeing him do so well in Sardinia was amazing!!), and being faced with not being able to do what I love has definitely made me appreciate more how lucky I am to be able to do triathlon and race, and given some more motivation for when I don’t especially feel like doing training sessions. I also have a few weeks of being able to focus on my weakness, swimming, which is never a bad thing!
Funnily enough the consultant commented on the amount of sleep I usually get, so somehow I need to find a way of getting to bed earlier to try and squeeze an extra hour of sleep in!
Big thanks to those that have been putting up with me in my current grumpy state – mainly Barney, and also Will for making the time to reassure me and change my training around despite dealing with his own frustrations.
Looking forward to a couple of very exciting weeks coming up with the Zwift team!