Coach AJ – thanks for asking. I would love to tell the group all about my experiences, but I never got there.
Right after the last clinic and 2 weeks before I was supposed to start the program, I went for a bike ride and after I got home I started feeling a sharp pain that started in my back and went down my right leg into my foot (so bad I couldn’t stand for more than 5 minutes w/o pain). I went to the spine doctor and the pretty pictures showed that I had a herniated disk that was hitting a nerve. No biking or running for 8 weeks. I still swam, but was having difficulty with rhythm, so I had to give up my other A race (Bay Swim). I also went to PT (the people at Rose are great – highly recommended, particularly if you live or work downtown). At the end of the 8 weeks, I got a rather tentative OK from the doctor and still had hopes of making it to the start line (even though my window for training went from 20 weeks to 12, and any base I built up during the winter was gone). Started biking again, but had difficulty ramping up the miles (got to about 30). Running just did not happen. I kicked the tires at Colonial Beach (the same weekend as Williamsburg), but I walked the 10k and realized “That’s not fun.” I got to a point where I had to make the tough call. I knew there was no way I would do the race I hoped to do (I wanted to do a sub 6:00) and the thought of driving 10 hours and spending 4 nights in hotels to have a miserable race just wasn’t an enticing option. So I decided to bail and play for next year.
I really enjoyed reading about everyone’s experiences, and am glad that you all had such success. It is part of the reason that I did not reach out for support from the group – who wants to be the downer?
From this I learned that I need to listen to my body better. I was showing symptoms when I was training for RnR half (foot tingling, pain in hips) that I wrote off as other things even as I pushed through. Now I am continuing with PT, start riding the trainer soon, and hopefully get better for 2018.