UltraHumps: Injuries Are Creeping In

Hi Blog followers

Well it is less than four weeks to go and the dreaded injuries have crept in resulting in two visits to the doctor and one to the dentist this week.   Well the latter has nothing to do with training, but the idea of a possible upcoming root canal will have my work colleague (Dave T) saying “Dry ya eyes princess” lol.

Post race massage. Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images
Post race massage. Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images

I would like to say that all training went well this week.  I can say that the high intensity training went really well, but a few niggling injuries have caused a few problems at other times.  My sports masseuse is intrigued that after a long cycle I always hit the roof when he massages my foot just below the ankle.

This flared up at the end of Day 2 of Ultraman Australia which Coach Ray managed.  I also completed the Double Marathon on Day 3 on it, so didn’t think too much more about it.  But as it still occurs in training, my sports masseuse said it is time to get it looked at.  So off to the Doctor who suspects it is more of a reoccurring inflamed tendon.  He is sending me off for an X-ray and ultrasound to investigate (more to follow on that one).

Temple Nutrition Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images
Temple Nutrition Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images

In the early hours of Thursday morning I awoke to extreme discomfort in my left arm which wouldn’t let me sleep.  So after a few hours I got up and hit the pool to try and loosen it up.  This is the first time I have ever withdrawn from any training activity.  I have always completed everything Coach Ray has programmed for me except for less than a handful of activities over a few years.  Sometimes I’ve had to swap days around due to commitments, but I’ve never chucked in a training session or event whilst doing it.  After 1 km of various swimming the discomfort was too much, so I switched to power-walking for 2 kms.  Thankfully Dave T was away from work to avoid the grief and laughter he would get out of it, which is all in good humour.

Another visit to the doctor with some Physio to get it sorted.  This is just what I don’t need with four weeks to go until the first of 3 Half Ironman events over three consecutive weekends (more to follow on this one also).

Coconut Essence 100% Pure Coconut Water Girls. Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images
Coconut Essence 100% Pure Coconut Water Girls. Photo courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images

This brings me to this week’s photos as I wrap up the photos of Ultraman Australia over the next couple of blogs.  They are of ‘some’ of the people or sponsors behind the scenes that make it happen.  The first photo is the sports masseuse who is one of the people you can’t wait to see at the end of each day along with the Medic (Doc), their sponsors of Temple Nutrition and Coconut Essence 100% Pure Coconut Water, and the infamous Steve King with his helper Taking Care of Business (TCB) and being the voice behind Ultraman.

Steve King the voice of UltraMan with UltraMum. Photo's courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images
Steve King the voice of UltraMan with UltraMum. Photo’s courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images

Photo’s courtesy of Barry Alsop of Eyes Wide Open Images, Official Photographer for Ultraman Australia 2016.

Take care blog followers and I’ll keep you posted on the injuries.

Regards UltraHumps  – aka Humps (John Humphries).

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