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First race = Massive injury

Hey everyone.

I had my first race this season - a Aquathon at Dawlish run by the Exeter Triathlon club.

I was nervous about the swim because it was the first time I would swim 600m in one go. out of the pool - walked the whole way around (didn't want to slip!). Ran round the golf course and hit the road chasing people down and as I jumped on the kerb my right foot only went half on and went over on it!

I was in sear agony for about 10 minutes, some time later in A&E I fractured my foot in two places where the ligaments join my foot.

I can't express how completely gutted I am about it. I was so looking forward to the season. And now at least 4 weeks out and myfitness will drop so low. My main target was to do a sprint in a sub hour....

So everyone take care when you're out there!



  • starcherstarcher Posts: 126
    Sorry to hear that graham I feel for you I had big injury trouble last season.

    Dont try to rush back though take your time and heal properly then come back bigger badder and better than ever before.........

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  • Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    That's such a downer. Hard to offer any consolation. But injuries are as much a part of things as being fit. Make sure you recover, re-set the goals, don't worry about loosing fitness - it's a lot easier to get back to the level you were, than it is to get there the first time.

    A big advantage of Tri is that there are lots of other useful exercises that you can do than means you are doing something constructive, while resting the injury. Of course, with a leg injury, that really means swim/gym (weights/core).

    Hang on in!

    (I've not been able to run since 1st Feb. now. Which is so frustrating. But by swimming is improving!)
  • GGBGGB Posts: 482
    Gutted for you graham - such a shame - I hope the injury heals in good time

    Just keep pro-active and do what exercise you can and your fitness level shouldn't drop too much.

  • treefrogtreefrog Posts: 1,242
    Don't worry these things happen as do puntures etc put it down to experience and keep moving on
  • graham33graham33 Posts: 265
    Thanks guys - so frustrating realizing no swimming or running - I wonder if they'll glue a cleat on the bottom of my cast!
  • GHarvGHarv Posts: 456
    What doen't kill you makes you stronger!
  • JulesJules Posts: 987
    Hard luck - don't rush back though!
  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    Sorry to hear of your catastrophe....keep the good leg working if you work it then you can retain up to 25% of your injured legs strength. Ask your doc/specialist how soon & then find a non muppet fitness instructor to help you out. I am sure you will get physio, but start as soon as you can on your own, ankle stuff can recurr, but the earlier you start strength & poprioception work the better the longterm outcome.
  • i feel for you, i really do. You must be gutted, try to stay focused on something positive. It might well give you the time you need in the gym to do core stuff. I know that i for one am neglecting that part of training to do more run/bike/swim, but i'm guessing i'm wrong to do that and i should be doing more core stuff. When you come out of this you may well be better than ever!

  • Hey, bad luck. I really understand your frustration - I was also out for many weeks right in the middle of last season. Came back stronger though - so try to focus on the positives. Core work is good and make sure your physio understands that you are an athlete...

    Hope you're getting plenty of sympathy and pampering.

  • i know how you feel graham, id just started getting back into it in Jan and put a nail through my foot, after having the stiches out managed to start getting out on my road bike again when i got burgled and had it nicked and now ive developed this hip prblem which is stopping me running, maybe someone is trying to tell us something...

    Have they said you can do non load bearing stuff? light cycling in the gym to stop too much muscle wastage?
  • BlinkybazBlinkybaz Posts: 1,144

    Man thats a total bummer!

    Keep your chin up and well the foot as well.

    Its a long season of events so keep off it till its fixed.
  • graham33graham33 Posts: 265
    Thanks for all your support guys.

    Clarkey - Jeez you've got some bad luck there, I'm seeing a specialist tomorrow and hopefully will find out exactly what I can and can't do. I'm hoping for an Aircast so I can take it off for a swim!

    I called the gym and they are happy to let me for me to do upper body and core work.......

    On ward and up wards I suppose.

    again thanks for the kind words

    Graham [:)]
  • nooooooooooooooo, everyone reading this thread has just cringed, I'm gutted for you mate

    i was just about to suggest an aircast, and a pully for a possible swim, keep us posted and best of luck
  • Graham, gutted for you. Can sympathise. Just back from 4 months off due to ankle tendon problems. Got so bad at one stage that I couldn't even bike or swim let alone run. The only person more miserable than me was my poor wife who had to put up with my whingeing!

    Didn't help myself in that I didn't let it heal properly so as hard as it might be, please heed the above advice (that I never do [:D]) and make sure it is completely healed, and when you do come back, increase your mileage slowly. Try and stick to the 10% weekly increase rule.
  • graham33graham33 Posts: 265
    Thanks Matt, Four months, god knows how you did it!

    i'm really struggling to keep off it. I can walk painlessly in my Aircast - but hurts without it.

    I've tried swimming with a pull buoy and that was ok. next week I'm going to do the turbo trainer. This is only because the up/down movement is completely painless. but I won't try cycling incase I have some freaky accident!

    Cast is due off on at the end of March so I'm planning my training programme for then.

    Infact i'm thinking about getting a pro coach - so I can do this weird thing called 'training smart!' see how it goes anyway.

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