Monday, July 6, 2009

What have I gotten myself into?

As I pedaled along Hwy 210 on a 5 hour ride yesterday, I yelled out "what the hell was I thinking?" Here I am, injured (Bilateral IT Band Tendinitis) with instructions from my Doctor and PT to rest. But who can rest when they have an Ironman triathlon to train for. Only 74 more days until the Redman.

Yea, I rested for a week. Even hit the lake for a couple days with the family. Tige invited us to come on down for a two days of lake fun. Christopher got to ride a Honda Wave Runner. He was a little timid at first, but after awhile he got his balance and some confidence. He actually got going over 40 mph on it. Not as fast has my 62 mph, but still fast.

After 4 visits to the PT clinic, I am starting to get convinced that they do not know what they are doing. They have only shown me 2 exercises/stretches to do. The remainder of the time they talk and ask questions. They just want me to rest. Well, I can tell you that resting did not help any. They did video tape me running to see if that has caused the problem. After laughing at me for 30 minutes and telling me that my hips look funny (wiggle to much) and that I over-pronate on the left side only. Well, it is my right knee that is causing me the most problems. They did not seem to hear that. Anyone know of a sports specific PT clinic that I could go to?

I got back to training and plan to gradually build up my swim and run milage. My cycling is already there. Ride the Rockies made sure of that. Running will be my main challenge. Luckly, my knee really does not bother me much while running. I am still trying to figure out if my position is off on my bikes. I did find out that my cleat base (Crank Brother Quatro) was really worn out. I changed the cleats out and will continue to work on some minor adjustments. I might break down and get a bike fit. I have made so many changes lately that now I am all jacked up....

Training for an Ironman distance event takes an incredible amount of time and commitment. For some reason I am compelled to complete another one. Why, God only knows. I am thankful that my family is supporting me on this endeavor. Christopher even followed me on his bike last week hauling extra water for me. I hope he is ready for a lot more run/rides. I need both Carolynn's and Christopher's help if I am going to reach my goal.

4 comments:

Angela said...

I can't wait to hear how you do. I remember that race you came over and did when we lived in Venice. I still remember a prego Carolynn trying to hand off your water and missing. You've come a long way!!!

krislars said...

I know it's not close to you, but Shawnee Mission has excellent PT and Sports Therapy.

Life Dynamics Health & Wellness Building
9120 W. 75th Street
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
913-676-7778

SportsCare is a comprehensive sports medicine program providing patient education, injury prevention, post-injury care, lifestyle adaptation and home exercise programs for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Fast and Safe Recovery
SportsCare's mission is to safely rehabilitate athletes while helping them stay in top physical shape. Our clinics offer the latest in sports medicine equipment and care, and our experts - including physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and exercise physiologists - can treat you in your particular sport.

SportsCare is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sports injuries.

http://www.shawneemission.org/sportscare/kansas-city-sports-medicine.html

krislars said...

Forgot to mention that SM facility is right off the freeway at I35/75th street. So it's not totally unreachable.

I did therapy for my shoulder there and they really do have a great facility...separate sports therapy area too, so you could do PT and sports at the same time.

Jackie said...

That's such a cute picture of Christopher!!

Best of luck with the running, although, I believe that trouble may be a Locke trait. Give me an eliptical machine or spinning bike any day ... running, not so great (and yet, not as bad as before).

BTW, I managed to get another nasty bruise in krav. At least it was when I was doing the kicking this time :) l8r g8r