Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments on Friday’s post. I have been touched and uplifted when otherwise I might have sunk into a black mood and spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself.
For those who don’t know, there still hasn’t been any progress in the healing and recovery department. My physical therapist, says that it looks like we are dealing with something more than just cuboid syndrome since I’m not seeing any improvement after two weeks of treatment. In order to get a more accurate diagnosis, she’s sending me back to the orthopedic to get an MRI. She couldn’t speculate on what the actual problem might be, but she suspects that the only answer at this point is to stay completely off my foot for a number of weeks, since just cutting out running hasn’t made any difference. I think I’m in for a very unpleasant experience, but I’m ready to just get it over with as soon as possible.
It’s been a very discouraging week as I went from thinking that the problem had been identified and was being fixed to finding out that I’m no closer to healing now than I was 6 weeks ago when this all began. I kept up my training in the way that I thought was best at the time, but it may look very different from now on. Here’s a look back:
Monday: Bike Commute (23 Miles)
I biked to work and then to my physical therapy appointment. I had a disheartening session with my PT–the words “walking boot” were thrown around as the next possible course of treatment. I came home determined to do EVERYTHING I could to avoid that outcome, so I decided not to do T25 this week with the hope that cutting out all
enjoyable impact activities would make a difference.
Tuesday: Yoga 1.5 Hrs.
I didn’t get to bike on Tuesday because it was raining, so my only option for a workout that afternoon was yoga. I decided to make it count and did all three of my running yoga videos back-to-back. It was surprisingly difficult, and I was sore the next day!
Wednesday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) + Swim 1 Hr.
The rain turned to snow overnight, and we woke up to a winter-like (?) wonderland! It was only 26 degrees that morning, but I was feeling a little crazy (read: the lack of running was getting to me!), so I rode my bike to work anyways. Most exhilarating ride ever!
I didn’t do my typical brick workout this week because I had a chiropractor appointment after work, so I went to the gym later that night to swim.
Thursday: Bike Commute (23 Miles)
It was 25 degrees on Thursday morning, but if I can do it once, I can do it again! It’s really not that bad except that I wish I had a pair of windproof pants–my legs are the only part that gets cold. Another PT appointment after work, where I got the news that I’d been mostly expecting: I needed to go back to the ortho. :/
Friday: Bike Commute (16 Miles) + T25 Dynamic Core + Rip’t Circuit
25 degrees again–will spring ever come back to us?! And I know I said that I decided not to do T25 anymore, but at this point I felt that it could hardly do any harm since you can’t have a setback if you haven’t made any progress yet. I did the low-impact version and that felt fine on my foot. I didn’t get much of a cardio workout, but it was still a good strength workout.
Saturday: Long Ride (29 Miles) + T25 Stretch
Peter and I had a great long ride together! We found a route that’s not too bumpy and has lots of hills–good training for IM Syracuse! I’m expecting that it was probably my last ride for awhile, but I’m willing do whatever it takes to get this foot to heal!
I biked 107 miles this week, swam 1.5 miles and did 3 yoga and 3 T25 workouts. I’m happy with what I’ve been able to do so far, in spite of missing out on so much. This weekend was the second 50K trail race that I would have run if I hadn’t been injured, and I have withdrawn from the first race of the Granite State Trail Series on April 27th. I’m nervous about what’s in store for the next few weeks, but it is what it is, and I know the time will pass quickly (even if at times it seems like an eternity). I’ll keep you updated on what develops as the week goes on.