Following on from last weeks report that incorporated my TriAthy race report, things have not been ideal. What began as a recovery week from a Double Olympic event, has quickly turned into a race against time to be ready for Ironman. The last number of months I have had a small niggle in my lower back that I have ignored. This is something rugby players and ex rugby players alike are masters at, ignoring pain. It's no wonder this Ironman business has come so easy to me. However, after a busy few weeks on the legs that have included 6 half marathons and a full marathon, my high hamstrings (right up under my sit bones) have begun to bother me. So much so that on Thursday evening, (my first session after Athy), I managed a pathetic 2.1km run before pulling up with a searing pain up my leg. The next day I arranged to meet my long term physio and have it looked at. 1hr later after some deep tissue work and a long chat it was concluded that I may well have a stress fracture in my lower back but only an MRI can confirm that. This in turn has lead to weak hamstrings and indeed the suffering pain I am now going through within them. With Ironman in just in 3 weeks, my plans for a Wicklow 200 spin out and the Waterford triathlon this coming week were quickly dashed and instead replaced with orders to rest up, ice up and pray for the best.
This has resulted in some pretty dire mood swings and a general feeling of doom and gloom. I have poured 26 weeks into this goal and I'll be damned if its dashed now. I have gotten through worse than this. Blaithin did wonders with her physio and the ice baths are really helping. The pain is not so much there but I am still aware that I am not 100%. Compression legs are my outfit of choice daily and tennis balls up under the butt fill my evenings. I am just over 2 weeks out but I will make it. On a positive note I can swim to my hearts content. Swimming ay, the sport that keeps giving. Sadly I have little more to report on this week. Fingers crossed next week I am back running and cycling. ~ Phil