Thursday, August 22, 2013

Murphy's Law & One Month to Go!

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my hip pain has subsided and is nearly gone. I notice it only early in the morning, or after I've done a bit of running.

Unfortunately, the bad news outweighs the good news: as I was starting to get back into running, I managed to give myself some kind of insanely painful back muscle strain. I've never had to go home from work due to pain before, but when I tweaked this thing last week, the spasms were excruciating.

I should have been riding long and running long last weekend, but thanks to this new injury, I found myself laying on the sofa and popping ibuprofen on a regular schedule.

A week has passed and the acute pain has subsided. I still feel an ominous twinge back there, as if any errant movement could cause all kinds of muscles to fire in the wrong directions. It's a really scary feeling.

For that reason, I've been afraid to ride my bike on the road. I set up the fantastic indoor stationary trainer that Kristine's parents bought me for Christmas and I've been trying to pound out interval workouts and maintain what fitness I have. Swimming's slowed down drastically, and running has halted again.

One month to go!

I think I might be okay to ride - and maybe even run! - this weekend, and if not this weekend, definitely by next weekend. Gosh. One month 'til race day and I haven't logged nearly enough hours on the bike or on the run. This race is going to be a slog. And you know what that means?

It means I'm going to need all the help I can get.

I'm so glad this race is close to home. My parents will be there, and Kristine, and tons of friends and friends of friends. I feel like I'm going to recognize half of the field out there. To get through this race, I'm going to need every ounce of support from those friends, family and fans as I can get.

I've been forced to drastically adjust my expectations. All I want to do now is finish this thing. And I really think I will, but damn... I'm gonna need your help, folks!