|Particularly muddy trail run, The Catlins, NZ|
So, injury! I've developed shin splints in the last few weeks. Oddly enough, it is just in my left leg (the one I had surgery on). I'm frustrated because I don't know exactly why.
I've got a feeling it is a combination of:
- Transitioning shoes from Saucony ProGrid Ride to Saucony Fasttwitch over the last 3-4 months
- Spending 2.5 weeks in New Zealand running-focused (80-100k weeks) - the total volume was low (~13 hours/wk), but primarily running and some swimming rather than balanced s/b/r.
- The running in NZ was strictly trail running, very hilly and the terrain was very uneven. Muscularly, I was recovering better than ever. But that's trails for ya, they're effortless muscularly. The tendons and ligaments were taking a pounding that I suppose they were just not used to.
I saw a doctor in New Zealand who suggested I might have the beginnings of shin splints, but I was focusing on 2 acute injuries at the time (a sprained ankle and a very bruised bone at the top of my left foot from 2 separate accidents). So when I returned to Melbourne and the pain worsened, I saw a physiotherapist. No running for 2 weeks, minimum. It's been 1 week and I think I'm going crazy!! I've had two 5' runs at the end of a cycling w/u before strength training and... there isn't a sharp pain but rather a dull ache that lingers a bit.
I'm frustrated because... well, I'm not supposed to get these overuse injuries. You know what athletes are like (or just Type A individuals in general), they hold themselves up to such a ridiculously high standard. I'm supposed to be striving for perfection. Overuse injuries do NOT fit into this equation. It's unacceptable for me to have them, and I am upset with myself for getting them. I need to heal myself, I need to pinpoint what gave me shin splints so that it can never happen again.
Anyway, this blog post by a triathlete I admire greatly (Terenzo Bozzone) sort of screamed at me. Although, not to disregard my own athletic strivings, I feel more for him and his injury than myself and my own. I imagine, as a professional triathlete, not only would I feel my athletic endeavors falling apart should I incur an injury, but my professional career at risk as well. It's a frightening position to be in, no matter what the extent of the injury.