Many of you are aware that I recently suffered a knee injury. I was convinced that the injury required surgery (meniscus, ligament…) but to my surprise and dismay, I had an over-use injury! Yes, I said dismay! I was drawn to tears in the orthopedic office when he said “the good news is you don’t need surgery, the bad news is that you have some significant issues with your knee joint”…this is what I heard, “lets try some things to take this horrible pain away, but we are not sure if it will work.”
I fear the over-use injury because there is no definitive solution. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories……..AHHHHHHHHH! How dare you tell me to rest, but if this will get me back to my old self…I will rest. And so I rested! For three months I did no impact activities. I did not teach kickboxing, I did not run, I changed my entire fitness routine…I biked, I lifted (no deep squats or lunges), I stretched and I rested. Throughout this time I didn’t feel cured, but the pain did go down a little, the swelling went down, but the range of motion was still questionable. I anticipated the end and excitement grew as I thought about slowly starting my workouts again after the New Year.
New Years was a celebration of freedom. I was now outside the rest period and began to slowly add some impact to my workouts. After the second day my knee swelled like a balloon, the pain buckled me to the floor and I lost my range of motion again! My fear came true…I was exactly where I was three months ago!
This frustration began to take something inside of me away. I felt like something inside of me died. I LOVE fitness….all types. I would not say I am a ‘runner’, but I am a triathlete! If I can’t run, I can’t race! What am I going to do? All I need is to run 3-6 miles…but I can’t even run to the mailbox without pain.
2013 is the Year of Me! I planned on several triathlons, I had goals of racing with friends in their first sprint distance. My road was set for a fit, fun and fabulous year!
Who Put This Fork In My Road? (check back for Part 2)
* Share a time in your life when you had to reevaluate your fitness goals due to a fork in the road?….Leave your comments below.