So my appt. with the ortho was today and basically what came out of it was:
- not a stress fracture
- most likely a strain that I aggravated a lot
- should take 2 more weeks off
- can get back into training as long as it doesn't hurt and I do so slowly (after the two weeks)
- should be good for a fall marathon (thinking about philly)
- should think about triathlons
OK so I am not ready to give up marathons and don't totally by that final bit of advice from the doc. (not because I don't want to do tri's but because I don't think training for marathons are a bad thing for my body...if I listen to it)
I'm so glad it's not a stress fracture, but I did leave feeling like, "Am I big baby? Why did it hurt enough for me to drop out of a race? Should I have stayed signed up for Vermont City? What am I going to tell people...that it's nothing?" Injuries are so bizzare and I know I need to trust pain and know when it is pain and not soreness. I know this has been pain; it through off my gain completely and had me limping. However, it does make me feel like a big wimp!
In other news, I did start biking again on Saturday. I went for a 20 mile bike followed by a 2300 yd swim. The bike is so foreign to me. It leaves me with many questions:
- How fast do I need to be able to go in order to do a tri?
- How much does having a hybrid vs. road bike slow me down?
- How much harder is it to ride a road bike (i.e. will I fall)
- How do I go about explaining that the lock on my bike needs to be cut off because I forgot the combo and that I did not steal it.
- How do I ride with one hand?
- How do I stand up? (i think my behind would really appreciate if I figured this one out!)
- How do I get over being so scared to ride in the road?
- Do they even make good bikes for girls that are 4'11" (oh and poor).
3 years ago I did my first and only (to date) tri. I was the first girl out of the water and then I got on the bike. It was a very humbling experience. I did end up winning my age group, but it was a very small showing for my age group.
I'd like to get back into tris and though I don't need to place or even get rock star times, I certainly don't want to be asked to leave a course because I couldn't do the bike in the amount of time allowed.
Any advice for a truly newbie biker!?