Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jail Break!

February 11, 2010 -

I have been in the prison of my body the last few months and my left knee and right ankle are the warden. I decided yesterday that enough is enough and I escaped by means of swift biking and running. I only hope to stay ahead of the warden before I am caught and brought back to jail. I only have to elude him for six more weeks so I can race Ironman 70.3 Oceanside with my Dad on March 27.

It started with a wicked ankle sprain where I came down on a rock at full stride and rolled it all the way up and under...ouch. That took about a full month of healing before I was running pain free again.

In December I started to get back on my training program building my bike up to two hours, my runs up to 10 miles and my swim up to 2500 yards. Not a bad start in December for a successful 70.3 race at the end of March.

In the beginning of January my knee tweaked. I couldn't bend it. It was locking up swelling up and generally doing all sorts of weird things. This would go on for a couple days and then back to normal...for the most part. After this happened a couple times I finally went to have it looked at. An MRI revealed that I have a piece of tissue that broke off from somewhere (yet to be determined) and is floating around my knee. I'm guessing this little sucker floats into a place causing the pain and mobility issues and then after a couple days floats on somewhere else getting me back to normal. This problem took me out for an entire month.

Ultimately I will have to deal with this, but after a few test runs with no problems I decided, if I am going to attempt to pull off a 70.3 on six weeks of training I better start hitting it and see how it goes.

I started with my jailbreak yesterday. A very freeing and liberating, yet short bike/run brick. It had been so long it felt awesome! I hit 15 miles on the bike at a 19.4 mph and then transitioned into a four mile run at a 7:45 pace. Other than it being 38 degrees and raining, everything went really well, pain free and left me wanting to do more.

This is a good base to start trying to kill it as much as I can over the next six weeks... so barring any knee issues...I can come up with a respectable finish.

I'll try to keep posting on the progress build and the race.


  1. Wahoo! You "kneed" to stay pain free.

  2. Good luck with your training! Hope your knee stays sttong (awesome that you're doing it with your dad).
    I'm training for my first 70.3 in September. Bit scary- doing olympic & sprints thru the summer.
    Can't wait to see how the race goes!