Hey y'all in the 'BoomerNation, there's no doubt this season has been the most challenging out of the four I've been racing. The ups and downs from injuries have disrupted my training and could end my season early.
Just as I recovered fully from my nagging knee tendinosis I develop some back hurtage. On Monday I was at the gym for my scheduled strength training and used one of these wheel things to strengthen my core:
After three sets of five extensions I felt a cramp in the middle of my back just to the right of my spine. At the time I didn't think much of it other than I strained myself a wee bit... and after all isn't that what is supposed to happen, feel a bit strained after exercise, right?
Well, the next day while swimming a moderate effort set in the pool the pain returned with a greater intensity than the day before. As the day progressed the sharpness of the cramp became a dull ache. Again, I didn't think anything more than I pushed myself the day before.
Then Wednesday morning came. Again, in the pool the pain returned but this time it hurt so bad I could hardly get myself over the ledge to get out of the water. Worse yet, getting in and out of the car seat was a lesson in cuss word control. Yah, I had a problem.
Later that same morning I called my USAT Certified Coach and friend, Gerald, to get a referral on a chiro. He gave me the name and within minutes I had an appointment for an hour later.
The diagnosis? My right hip is misaligned by being a few centimeters higher than my left hip. All resulting in a knotted and twisted network of muscles from my heels to my neck.
The prescription? Anti-inflamitories, more visits to the the chiro and the dreaded...
... down time!
With only nine weeks until Ironman Louisville this is NOT the time to be on the bench.