It’s been a while since I've updated my blog and it has been really hard to start again. To be honest it is hard to share what’s going on when you really don’t want people to know things aren’t going to plan. Recently things have not been going my way and it not been till now that I realize that it’s actually been a quite interesting, even if a little depressing part of my life and worth sharing so people know athletes aren’t bomb proof and go through ups and downs. So where to start, there have been quite a few different injuries from sciatic nerve problems to broken ribs, 3 bike crashes and 2 weeks, all of which have be virtually resolved now, just some minor things to tweak and should be back on track.
First of all; A quick summary of Strathclyde. I had some sciatic nerve problems before the super series race which forced me to jog/walk the run, it’s in the past and I’ve taken what I needed from it. A Big thanks to Stephen at Space Clinics in Edinburgh who resolved this problem very quickly by breaking up my 4 hamstring muscle bellies, which described to me in the form of being like 4 sausages but all the sausage skins were stuck together and not working individually. This was causing my sciatic nerve to be continuously firing and not allowing my hamstrings to decelerate my legs. It was a painful experience or so I thought but apparently my pain threshold is just not that good, ha! But well worth the hurt for the end result.
More recently I raced the Lochore Meadows Scottish Sprint Champs where there was some fantastic competition in the form of Fraser Cartmell making his comeback; even though he beat me convincingly it was really good to see him getting back to what he does best! And Graham Leitch who is just going from strength to strength. It was an interesting experience as the weekend before I broke 2 of my ribs, I was apprehensive about racing and even still as I stood on the start line I still wasn’t convinced I’d be okay, but the horn went and my competitive instinct kicked in ran in and was immediately on the hunt for Fraser’s feet. A quick story short, 2nd out swim 2nd off the bike. However 2km into the run Graham stormed past me looking very strong, but the feeling of a sledge hammer hitting me in the chest every step was enough to slow me down considerably. Finished 3rd in Scottish Champs and £100 in my pocket can’t really complain for the circumstances and left with a smile on my face.
Anyway here’s a picture of the tape that held my body together and allowed me to race, thanks to Stephen at Space Clinics again!
Bit of a change to race plans for the next while. Still Racing with my French Grand Prix team on July 17th but after that I’ll be racing the Dirty Triathlon (broke my ribs on the mountain bike but didn’t discourage me and still riding the MTB even though its risky its still so exciting and like a continuous adrenalin rush).
Thanks for sticking with me! Keep tuned bits and pieces in the works, with possibly some video blogs to mix things up!