And I’m now a couch potato
Hi! I hope your all having a good Monday!
This is now where I’m going to make my attempt to explain my current injuries. Try and go with me here as it’s complicated with other medical stuff as well.
I’m not looking for “oh I’m sorry”. I just want to do this post to let you all know why I’m not currently training, and also to shed some light onto the under recovery topic.
First off, I was diagnosed with bicep tendonitis about a month before my sacral (for reference).
I told you I have bicep tendonitis. It’s painful. It’s not my bicep itself that hurts, it’s my bicep head that is located in the shoulder. Thus causing my shoulder to be very inflamed. Bicep tendonitis rarely happens alone, meaning it is usually accompanied by shoulder problems that can range from minor inflammation to rotator cuff tears.
It is a fairly common injury and there are four main causes 1) overuse 2) calcifications into the tendon 3) direct trauma 4) multidirectional instability. Mine is overuse.
My doctor diagnosed this with an MRI of my shoulder, due to the pain level I was experiencing he also wanted to check my rotator. I am so thankful that I do not have a rotator cuff injury, I am however at increased risk due to the high level of inflammation in my shoulder region.
Initially I just modified my training: no overhead lifting, bench press (flat, decline or incline), pull ups, push ups, shoulder work and obviously not bicep isolation work. I also had to be extremely careful with all upper body lifting and made sure range of motion was 100%, the weight I was lifting had to be decreased but I was still getting good workouts with really focusing on ROM.
After a month (also when I was starting to have rear pelvic pain) the injury was not getting better. I went back to the doctor and he said I should really consider taking some full recovery time, not just modifications. This was also the appointment I was diagnosed with re-stress fracturing my sacral.
I had to make a decision of what was more important, continuing to train for the death races or my health. At this point the winter race is out, it’s about 4 weeks away and I still am not allowed back to train for 2 more weeks. It isn’t possible for me do the race and not hurt myself more. It isn’t worth it. However, the summer race which is the one I really want to participate in is still in the plan. It’s going to be a challenge to be ready but that is why I immediately put a hault to training and jumped onto the lazy couch potato recovery bandwagon.
No more lat raises! (secretly not very upset by this one…. shhh don’t tell)
It’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve done any sort of training. It’s strange, not bad nor good. I’m healing and taking care of my body so that I am able to continuously push it as I grow older.
The sacral stress fracture is a whole other ball game. I’ve done it before, about 4 years ago. The fact that it’s been that long and I’m dealing with the exact same injury is not good. It means it probably never really healed, or there is an imbalance causing it to happen. You don’t really often hear of a sacral fracture, it is a really bad injury.
I’m not going to even try to go in-depth on this one right now because I’m still not sure where I am in the healing process.
The basics though are that when dealing with a sacral fracture you have to avoid impact exercise, weight lifting (that places any stress on the pelvic) and stretching of the surrounding tendons. That’s a damn lot.
Right now it’s a lot more mental. Trying to stay focused on the race when I’m not even sure I’ll be fully back to training until less than 2 months before it.
This whole post has been a damn lot. If your still reading this I love you 🙂 for realz
How would you handle this?
What is your view on the importance of listening to your body?