Monday, August 15, 2011


It's always funny how plans change.

I was so looking forward to a huge training week this week.  The boys are both doing summer camp this week, so I was planning a little camp of my own...a tri training camp.  Since Musselman, almost a month ago and leading into Iron Girl, I've sort of been in recovery/racing mode.  Last week I was sorely lacking motivation, so I was hoping a week of "camp" would breathe life back into my training going forward to Rev3Tri South Carolina.

Well, after a trip to a new sports chiro today (my old one moved), I will now have a much different week then planned.

I've been benched...for the entire week.  The only activity I am allowed is aqua-jogging.  And I am under strict orders to not wear any shoes with any type of raised heel at all.

This, of course, is all stemming back to my ongoing feet issues.  I've been working with a chiropractor for almost a year doing Graston and ART, and it has definitely helped me to manage my pain and train through.  When I saw my new chiropractor today and told him that, at this point, I feel like managing is the most I can hope for, he said to me: "I don't manage injuries. I fix them."

Okay, then.  Bold words for sure, but up to this point no one, not my old chiropractor nor my orthopedic doc, has been able to offer those words to me.

I'm hopeful, and I am following his instructions to a T.  Heat, stretching, ice, rest, flat shoes...yes, yes, yes, yes.

It's not really how I wanted to spend this week, but with 9 weeks until my A race of the season, this is the best time for me to try something this drastic.  I spoke with Coach Mary, and she is totally on board with this plan.  She assured me that I have to trust my fitness and believe that this plan will bring about much more progress than running myself into the ground this week.

So that is what I will do.  I will trust, I will follow, I will believe...and I will get better!!


  1. You WILL get better. Perhaps a new chiro, and new perspective on how to get you better, will be just what you need. Sending lots of good thoughts your way.

  2. Ok that sucks and is totally awesome at the same time!!! You will get better now. I will be benching myself at the end if the season.. Relegated to yoga, swimming, stretching and strengthening all those little supportive/stabilizing muscles...

  3. That is a great attitude by the chiro. I wish you the best of luck and am sending you some healing vibes!

  4. So Sorry to read this as I know this is not the week you wanted. You are wise to layoff and fix the problem now rather than try to train through. Hang in there!

  5. Sorry to read you are benched, but it is to get you better. I hope that your new chiro can indeed fix what is wrong so you are ready to go for your A-race.

  6. Sorry to hear about being benched, but it will pay off in the long term!

    I am so glad I read your post today. I'm dealing with foot injuries right now and my regular doc is sending me to PT. I never even thought about seeing my chiropractor for this issue! Will likely do both, but thanks for sharing.

  7. Being benched stinks...but it's the reward at the end of the tunnel that's worth it. Pain free running...yay!

  8. OH NO! What a bummer!! I'm sorry you have been benched, but I think it's for the best! Rest up and before you know it you'll be back at the training!

  9. *hugs* sending good vibes your way for a speedy return.

  10. You are being so very very smart! Just had a conversation with my massage therapist today that he is just doing "damage control" to get me to race day healthy enough. We will be doing the actual "healing" work post Louisville. You'll be glad you took the time to do it right now, rather than later!

  11. Tribirdie, massage is a form of physical rehabilitation that's been widely used and prescribed by podiatrists. It doesn't necessarily heal, but it does assist therapies.


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