On May 18th I went in for an MRI and discovered that I had a stress fracture in my sacrum. I had not been able to run more than a minute or two since May 2, so I knew something was up.
Looking back at the two weeks prior it's no wonder I broke myself. Workouts in the two weeks leading up to the break included 20 miles w/ 10 at marathon pace, 10x800m, 3x3mile, and let's not forget the final straw, 16x400m on the road. I wasn't recovering in between the hard stuff, and though I had gotten in pretty good shape right before the break, I wasn't communicating with Houston (Husband/Coach) on just how trashed my body was feeling.
|Getting better! Its hard to average over 18mph because of stop lights, etc. Averaging over 18mph for a casual (solo) ride is showing a huge improvement from where I was in the beginning!|
For about four weeks now I've been cycling quite a bit, upwards to 220 miles per week. Before I knew it was a fracture I was also using the arc trainer on my lunch break and riding in the morning, for a total of about 110-130 min of cardio most days. Now I'm pretty much on the bike everyday twice a day, all but Saturday, where I'll ride anywhere from 40-50+ miles. This Saturday I'm actually contemplating a 60 mile ride.
|PowerBar provided me with some legit cycling gear! I'm still getting used to eating on the bike. The last long ride I had I ate a Performance Energy Wafer mid way through.|
|I was able to ride this Jackson-Baldwin Rail Trail 2.5 times when I was in Jacksonville for NCAA T&F Nationals (First Round) for about 75 miles total.|
This week I'm actually cleared to get on the alterG, not for long but it's something. I've also started physio therapy. As of today, it looks like I may be able to run my first step outdoors on June 26th.
|My longest ride so far, 51 miles out past Bevill Hill and back home. The refuge is an excellent place to ride.|
So what have I learned from the whole experience? Not much, really. I worked my butt off getting in shape after Patrick and I don't regret it. I guess I'll have to be more careful next time.