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Hamstring 'Issue"

So, I guess any Ironman training would not be complete without an 'issue'. I am calling it an 'issue' because I am not ready to call it an injury.

Thursday night I went for a 30 minute interval run on the company treadmill at the end of my day. I was running late so I quickly toweled off, jumped in my car, drove home, wolfed down a protein shake, showered and then went off to a PAC meeting at my son's school. The meeting ended around 8pm and I was home and in bed by 9:30pm setting my alarm for 5:20am the next morning for swim practice.

When I woke up the next morning, I immediately noticed that my left hamstring was tight. Although this was odd, it was not painful. I arrived at the pool and stretched it out before doing my 2500m swim workout. Again, my hamstring was tight but not painful and I hardly noticed it during the swim.

Here is where the story changes. After showering and changing, I joined my swim group at Starbucks for our regular Friday morning coffee. When I was finished coffee and went to get up and drive to work, I really started to notice the tightness in my hamstring becoming more like pain.

By the time I arrived at work (I drive a manual transmission and clutching was starting to become a problem) I could barely sit down. When I did sit down, the pain would radiate down the back of my leg and into the back of my knee.

Good news is that a friend of mine and training partner Dr. Colin McKay is certified in Active Release Techniques. He offered me a same day appointment and determined that the top of my hamstring was inflamed (just in the crease of the butt). He also referred me to a physiotherapist in the area who specializes in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). I have an appointment there on Monday evening. I have been warned that this treatment it is painful but it works. I am pretty tough so pain is not a concern for me.

After my ART session last night, my hamstring did feel better but was tight again today. It was suggested that I not run for a couple of days. I did do a 45 minute spin on my bike and it felt OK.

I am hoping that taking care of this early will be beneficial and I will be back running by next weekend. Fingers crossed with treatment, stretching and rest, my hamstring 'issue' will become a distant memory.

Happy training.

Comments

Just listened to Kelowagurl's podcast #5. Nice interview!

I look forward to hearing more about training for and racing IM Canada '09.

Stay tuned...

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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today