Mentally I am better. Physically the same. Saw the doctor yesterday and the x-rays were negative. In his opinion it is shin splints rather than a stress fracture but we are still not sure why I am experiencing so much heel pain. I am going for an MRI this morning and hoping it gives us more answers. Will have the results Monday I hope.
The good news is the doctor saw no harm in getting on the bike so last night I put Dori (my bike) on the trainer and had a pretty good 40 minute ride. I didn’t want to push it too hard the first time. I am not a big fan of the trainer all that pedaling to nowhere but it felt good to get my heart rate up and sweat a bit. If I can ride I can keep my fitness up even if I can’t run.
Not a surprise to me, my tri community has rallied around me with inspirational notes, e-mails and phone calls. I went to a pretty dark place for about 24 hours and honestly needed all the help I could get to see the light at the end of the tunnel and they were all there for me. I am still hoping for Iron Star but if that doesn’t happen there will be another race and I have always been a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. My plan isn’t always THE plan.
Now I have to decide if I will make the Houston Olympic an aqua-bike or skip it altogether. I think the experience, especially the swim, would be helpful.