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The Unbelievable High Incedence of Injury Among Athletes

Weds – squats/ab wheel/weights/planks (30ish min), 2k elliptical, 10k bike, 2k elliptical, 10k bike, 5k elliptical
Thurs – 1hr hilly/flat biking, 1hr biking on the 400m track – 5xhard, 1xeasy – and repeat =D
Fri – 200m warm up, timed 1.5k swim (34min40), various 200m/100m/25m etc til 2250m

Well – the nasty throat virus has finally packed its bags and left me. I was very excited to wake up this morning. Yesterdays swim was a real struggle so it was amazing to feel my body actually working today.

Did, however, visit the doctor over the foot issue. So far, I have endured 1wk no running, she gave me 6wks max, so 5weeks remaining. My first tri is in 6weeks time. I would feel horribly disappointed/worried, but its my mini ‘practice tri’ – with only 2.5k run. Recovery from tendinitis taught me that as long as I do something to maintain my running muscles, keep up the fitness and stay light, although I don’t improve, I don’t seem to get too much slower either. So, the plan is to cross train like a maniac, and IF I feel up to it, still enter the Tri.

I also need to take a trip to a GOOD running shop. I have decided to pack in my, clearly unsuitable, £90 pair of Brookes, and return to something like my much battered £50 Asics, which I happily ran in, pain and injury free, for over a year..

Until recently, I was beginning to wonder if my body was simply not made to run, but listening to some of the other triathletes after swim training last week made me realise how much time the majority of them spend recovering from some injury or another. Ok, so it doesn’t make it any more ideal or enjoyable, but makes me feel a little reassured that i’m not just a bit of a weakling. Professional athletes suffer too, of course, the difference is they have teams of super-knowledgable physios and sports scientists crowded around them at the first tweak or twinge. I think the challenge for the non-elite is knowing how to react – not to worry, not to return to whatever caused the injury too soon, basically, to be sensible: cross train, treat, and relax. It will get better, if you let it.

Untill then – RICE much?

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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