Although I haven’t gotten around to completing my list of goals for 2013, I can tell you what WASN’T on the list. An injury. I had ideas for goals like completing an average of 30-40 miles per month, new PR’s for a 5K and a 10K, and finishing at least 10 races during the year. All of that is not completely out the window, but as of this week I am facing a 6-8 week set back. Ugghh..
It was not an ideal situation to find myself crumpled on the floor one step into a cardio class at the gym earlier this week. A pop in my upper left calf, followed my extreme swelling and tenderness had me believing I had a grade 3 calf strain or even worse, a rupture of the muscle. So as much as I don’t want to have to deal with an injury, I am thankful that my diagnosis is only a ruptured plantaris tendon. Who ever heard of such a tendon? Not me and to find out it has no real function, created even more mixed feelings about this whole thing.
Anyway, if your curious about this mysterious tendon and it’s non-existent function, you can read more about it here. But, basically its common in tennis players and athletes over 40 years of age. Since I do not fit either of these categories, I am in a bit of denial. Although a good friend of mine reminded me on my birthday recently that I just entered my 40th year of life, I stand firm in the fact that I am not OVER the age of 40. At least I have youth on my side during the healing process. Maybe, just maybe that will help speed things along. Wink, wink.
What to do about cardio in the meantime? Attempting a triathlon has been on my to do list for a while, but am frightened to death of swimming. I went through a series of basic swim lessons when I was child and can get myself from the slide to the pool ladder like any casual swimmer. Athletic swimming though… it’s something I have never attempted. There is no time like the present to try something new. Right?! I’ll let you know how that goes, friends. Within the next couple of weeks the pain should subside and the stationary bike will become my friend again.
Fingers crossed, I’ll be as lucky to make nice with the pool too. Any tips and tricks are welcome. Please, please post below. Now I am off to look up youtube videos on swimming techniques.