This week has been extremely frustrating. After my ankle flare up last week, it just hasn’t calmed down. I’ve been stuck between the mindsets of taking time off and making sure to get in my cross training. Both thoughts weigh on me constantly. When I get off the bike or out of the water from swimming, my ankle is still flaring up from it. Though it doesn’t hurt while swimming, it hurts when I push off the walls, even when I barely touch the wall. When I don’t do anything, I feel like I’m losing a lot of the fitness and speed gains that I’ve made over the last week.
Here’s what I did:
Monday: Swam 1500 yards in 29 minutes then pool jogged and treaded water for 18 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: Off
Wednesday: I rode my bike for 45 minutes in a neighborhood near my house
Saturday: Tori told me about a practice triathlon that wasn’t actually timed. They just setup the course and the transition areas so that you can go and try it out. I went and had a great time! It was a half mile swim and a 10 mile bike. I tried to run, but my ankle was killing me after the 10 miles.
The PA I went to last week said I have peroneal tendonitis, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I’ve rested, iced, taken Aleve, done stretches and exercises religiously, and everyday when I wake up it feels the same and is still swollen. I made another appointment with a different doctor for Monday so that I can possibly get an MRI and rule out a tear in the tendons. I took more time off this week because it was the speed work last week that pushed me to this point. I physically can’t run without quite a bit of pain in the right ankle, and I hate the fact that it isn’t getting better. I also just want answers about whether the swimming and biking are slowing the recovery because I do end up using those tendons to rotate my foot.
I’m obviously almost certainly out for Irongirl next week, which is sad for me. But to be honest, I’m more concerned about getting this ankle fixed than I am running any races. I was disappointed at first to be missing the race, don’t get me wrong, but in the week of off time and minimal cross training, seeing very little improvement in my ankle has me much more concerned. I’ll do whatever the doctor says on Monday. If I have to wear a boot for two weeks (something I’ve read about online), strap me up! I just want to be better and I don’t want it to be a tear or something that requires more than two weeks to recover. I also need to stop googling. It’s leading me to the extremes
Please think happy thoughts. Though I know this is a silly concern in the grand scheme of life, it’s something that’s important and concerning to me right now.
I hope your workouts were better than mine this week! Linkup with me and Kat to share!