I’ve been wearing a walking cast for one week. There are three possibilities that it could be: stress fracture, Morton’s neuroma, or soft tissue trigger point. People say that I should go to a doctor and get it diagnosed. What most people don’t realize is that doctors really can’t diagnose this. A stress fracture requires a bone scan or a MRI. Both of these require months of a waiting list. I have been through this before and wasted a lot of time and energy. Living where I live means that it will take even more time because going to a clinic that could diagnose this takes two hours of driving plus waiting to get in. It is frustrating to me, but this is my reality. I’m just glad that I know this information. For my self-assigned treatment I am getting massages with acupuncture, reducing all weight-bearing exercise (including yoga), stretching a lot, self-massage every night, take ibuprofen for swelling, ice-heat foot baths, and staying positive and not letting this get me down.
I’ve been on my trainer 3 times this week, with a big workout on Sunday. Tomorrow I’m going to try to get into the pool for the second time this week. I’m feeling good about my endurance increasing a lot. I am doing core strength exercises and arm workouts. I feel my strength returning.
Sometimes I need some extra incentive. Apparently Ironman isn’t enough reason for me to get off my butt and train. Losing weight, though, is something that I need to do in order to have successful training. I’m sure this has been partially responsible for my foot. Luckily, I have a partner who has agreed to help me get incentive. Since we both could benefit from losing 10 pounds, I proposed a little bet. We both must lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks. If we don’t, we both lose. If we both do, whoever lost the most wins. My incentive is that if I don’t win I lose control of the remote for 1 week. His incentive is that if he loses he has to eat vegan for 1 week. I believe I have a great chance of winning even though it is harder for me to lose weight.