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Time to Train My Weaknesses

Posted Jul 08 2009 9:44am
Ouchie spot on my hip flexor regiom

Not allowed to run or do hard cycling for at least a month...Leg numbness and lack of movement continues. Dr. Sellers diagnosed it as a "nerve entrapment" and did some ART treatments before Ironman. My right hip is slightly out of alignment irritating the femoral nerve and essentially rendering it useless after prolonged exercise. It's been happening on my runs for several months (usually doing hills or speed work), but yesterday it happened on the Computrainer. I watched my pedal spin scan deteriorate on my right leg as the workout continued. My left leg was simply doing all of the work. It's as if that quad/hip flexor/IT band just gradually locks up. Hard to describe, but irritating, painful and demoralizing.

When casually mentioning it to Coach Mo today at swim practice, he put a stop to all running for at least a month. He mentioned three other women in our tri group who have been experiencing similar issues and all three of them basically have stress fractures as a result of not resting. Of course, he saw the panic in my eyes when he said, "no running." It's my strength. It's my love. It is my favorite thing to do to clear my mind.

Time to develop another "love" for the time racing or running. My next "big" event isn't until the Half-Maxx Long Course Championships in September. (Half-Iron distance) Then, my plan is to bust a sub 3:20 marathon in December at the California International Marathon. I suppose that won't be possible if I can't lift my leg. Rest is good...I just get that crack/endorphin addict feeling that I'm going to get fat, lazy and useless...Panic inducing thoughts of eating Cheetos and watching American Idol creep into my mind. Completely irrational? Yes...but I don't know many addicts who are rational when someone takes away their drug.
At the same time, it was as if Maurice released a "burden of training" from my shoulders too. It opened the door to make some space and energy for yoga, pilates, Cross Fit, etc...all wonderful strength building activities that I always say, "Gee I wish I had more time for that..."
Now I do...for at least a month.
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