On March 7th, I went to the Orthopedist doctor to find out what was going on with my knee after Albany. After some x-rays to rule out a stress fracture, a few questions, and moving my leg a little, he said he believed it was tendonitis of the Pes Anserine tendon and probably some bursitis too. He then told me that I could run in moderation, bike, and swim. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory gel, recommended I take an anti-inflammatory such as Aleve, and give it about 2 weeks to get better. He didn’t feel I needed an injection (and honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted one) at that time. I should have probably been a little clearer with him I’m guessing. It hurts when I walk for very long on it, and I can’t walk fast at all, so I sure can’t & couldn’t run even in moderation, so I’m not sure he knew how bad it was actually hurting. I tend to be pretty good at hiding/ignoring pain, so I chalk this up as my fault for not being clear. I really wish he’d have started me in PT that week or something because it still isn’t better.
However, I have the IM 70.3 Augusta for which to start getting ready, so I proceeded to hire Coach Chuck with Peak Racing (http://peakracingteam.com/). I was ready to jump on my bike right after Albany, but Chuck waited until after I was cleared by the doctor to start sending me my training schedule (as any good coach would). As soon as I was cleared, I got my schedule for the next week. “WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?????”, was my initial thought when I saw my workouts for week 1. “Does Chuck know the type of athlete he’s getting?”, was my second thought. Honestly, I have to say I was intimidated by the workouts. I hadn’t been in the pool in 3 months or on my bike in about 5 months, so three 1500 yard swimming sessions, two 45 minute bike sessions, two days of weights, two days of core work, and three days on the elliptical throughout the week sounded like torture to this newbie! I managed to get one day off that week because of a horse show that I’d be at from 6AM-10PM, so Chuck took mercy on me and dropped that day’s bike or I would have had 3 days on the bike. My butt needs time to adjust to that much time in the saddle! I doubted I’d survive the first week, and if I did, then I thought it’d only be because I missed several workouts. Some days had me scheduled to be at the gym for just under 2 hours. The workouts are just going to get longer, and I’m already wondering how this one week is going to fit into my life!?!?! I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Well, two weeks into this crazy training with only 1 off day, I’m still alive, and I can still function from day to day. Chuck has been great at answering my questions even though at times I think he’s trying to kill me. I mean really, who has you swim with paddles, a leg buoy, and your ankles tied together? I have managed to get in my workouts so far except for 1 short 10 minute elliptical session following a bike ride because I didn’t read my plan well. I feel like I’m already stronger than I would be if I was trying this on my own, and I’m hoping the added strength training and coaching will prevent any further injuries.
My knee has also held up to everything pretty well. The bike and swimming doesn’t seem to bother it at all, but Chuck had leg curls assigned in some of my weight training. I’ve had to skip them for now because they hurt, but squats, lunges, presses, etc. seem to be ok. The elliptical doesn’t hurt for the most part, but every now and then I feel something in my knee if I turn my foot different, extend my leg too far, or something. Since I still can’t walk fast or for extended times without my knee hurting and starting to swell, I called the doctor again to set up another appointment. I’ve given it the 2 weeks he suggested, and now I’m getting impatient. I want to get back to running, and I know I don’t need to try if I can’t even walk pain free. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have an appointment available until April 25th, but they did send over an order for physical therapy, so I start that next Wednesday, April 2nd. Just what I need, physical therapy exercises added into my training. 😉
I tease about my training schedule, but overall, I think the workouts have been well geared for me. I actually think I could do more now, but I’m not complaining because I know that day is just around the corner, and I’ll be wanting less. I do miss my running buddies though, so my knee HAS to get better soon, so I can return to the road with them to at least get some social time! It’s all about the social time. 🙂