Who Really Needs a Hip Flexor Anyway??

In case you’re confused …
this isn’t really me.

So…now I am looking at the first week since launching Ironman: Year One and assessing where I am as far as training …
And I am not too happy with myself …
Granted, I am a bit gimpy at the moment, but I still need to get out and do more …
On my ride the weekend after Augusta, a quick 60 minute jaunt through the Withlacoochee Trail, I noticed tightness in my upper left leg. No worries, I thought, I have had tightness before, and it’s probably just residual effects from the race. The next day it was a bit worse, especially when I first woke up, but not to the point that I was concerned, but by Tuesday I was finding it hard to lift my leg at all, especially to the side. The point in the outer leg where it joins my waist felt knotted and painful. Just trying to lift my foot up to a stool was becoming hard …
But … I’m a triathlete … this cannot stop me …
So I swam and ran through the week … and it hurt …
But what concerned me more was that it was not getting better. At the end of the second week it was still hurting so it was time to bring in the professionals … and that is always Dr. Heim.
He pushed and prodded … twisted my leg around … and determined it was more than likely tendinitis in the hip flexor … so I asked the question every triathlete asks when faced with a prognosis such as this:
“OK … so when can I run again?”
Now, Dr. Heim has known me long enough by now to understand what I mean. He calmly stated that I should give it a couple of weeks, ice and heat treatment, stretch (yeah, right), and see how it feels. At that point a shot may be given to help it out.
Two Weeks???? But Doc!!! I have an Ironman in 335 DAYS!!!!!
To some reading this that may seem ridiculous, but try to understand that my best, my BEST, 70.3 is 8 ½ hours, so the task of completing a 140.6 mile race is very … concerning to me. Not so much about the swim (shocking to those who have read this blog for any length of time), or even the bike (though I know I need a lot of work there), but the run … those 26.2 miles … are looming in my future like a vulture circling overhead. So, this issue with the hip, though 330+ days before the race, scares the hell out of me. The run is my one huge target because I know how much I need to improve. Every setback, no matter how small, seems monumental to me. I yanked my Achilles this year in Ocala in March and it plagued me all year … so I don’t need a repeat.
I had mentioned in the podcast (Ironman: Year One now available on iTunes) that since I paid $650 for the race I intended to get the most for my money and be out there the entire 17 hours. That’s not the case. I don’t want to be crossing that finish at 16:59:59. I don’t want to cross even and hour or two hours fast than that. I want to perform well … better than I have ever performed to this point … and I know how much work is in front of me to accomplish that.
So, the leg feels pretty decent today, which means tomorrow I will run my 6 mile plan, and then on Sunday I will get on my bike and do my 30 miles. And hopefully the pain will not return and I will have a fruitful week of training to start November off right.
To close, please take a moment to listen to the IMYO podcast (you will see a link to the iTunes location on the upper right sidebar of this blog, or you can stream it directly from Andrew’s site at www.doughboytoironman.com). I also ask that you take a moment to leave a review after you have heard it. Andrew and I are just starting out in this, so any feedback is appreciated (as long as it’s nice). Also, good luck to everyone racing Ironman Florida in the morning, but especially to my coach and mentor in this long journey, Ms. Kristie “KC” Concepcion. May a Kona Invitation be in your future! 🙂

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