It is Tuesday, mid-day, and I’m still a bit tender but overall doing well after Saturday’s big race in Maryland. Quick reminders to my future self:
- Four toenails took a beating. One of them was already in a death spiral from the last long training run and it is doing the best today. I drained the space under the nail bed of the other three last night using a sterilized pin. The pressure let up considerably, rose colored fluid squirted out and the tribe was totally non-plussed with my medical prowess. Two of them drained some more today. Prediction: I’ll lose two of the three.
- My RoadId cut into the back of my right Achilles. I’ve been wearing the same model for years and never had this problem. I’ve never even had chafing. It looks like a blister in the shape of a 3/4 inch stripe. Assessment: I must have put it on too tight and combined with the brackish water the skin broke down. I have two of them and will continue to wear them for all manner of activities.
- At the top of the zipper in the front of my tri kit I got a bit of an abrasion. I’ve raced in this kit five times and this is the first skin irritation I’ve had anywhere. I attribute it to the river water and the length of the time I was out. All the other races were much shorter. It had no negative effect on the race but I did start to notice it about a third of the way through the run because as I dumped ice down my shirt I would get a quick stinger where the skin was reddened and raw. Prediction: The scratches will be gone before the weekend.
- I have a very light, very small snakebite rash on the left side of my neck where the wetsuit closes. Again, no big deal and smaller than usual. It will be gone by tomorrow or Thursday.
- I wore my favorite race socks unlike in Raleigh where I tried sockless for the first time with rotten results. I had two tiny blisters on toes that took care of themselves within 36 hours and a third, monstrous blood blister on the side of the left big toe that looked like a ripe angry cherry. Within 24 hours the blood blister had deflated and was no longer tender. Now it just looks like discolored skin.
- Of all the muscle soreness, my left calf is the only place that feels “more” than the others. It is a bit knotted and I’m trying to work it with a lacrosse ball as much as possible.
I took advantage of the complimentary massage after the race. Sunday I used the foam roller on my legs for about 15 minutes. (I forgot last night. We were busy with the 6U Soccer practice.) Today I hope to go swim easy for about 35 minutes. All in all, I’m very surprised and happy with the injury report. In January I was seeing a physical therapist because my hamstrings were so tight I couldn’t walk without discomfort. He helped and recommended changes to my running stride. A couple months later I tore my left calf muscle and after a cast, crutches and months of therapy I started training for Ironman Maryland about 3.5 months “late.” Eight days before the race my lower back started to tighten up and got to the point that I wasn’t standing up straight. I went to the chiropractor three times in a week — he diagnosed an overuse issue, released the muscles and sent me off to Cambridge. During the race, my hamstrings, calf and back were not ever on my mind. Today, they are all doing fine.
I’ll take that.