Well, about 6 weeks ago my left ankle pulled up sore after a short (5km) run. I thought it would be ok after a week or so of rest as I didn’t do anything to it (Ie, no twist, no “click”, no sprain etc) it was just sore.
I carried it into the Queensland titles at Kurrawa but as it had stabilised, I though I’d still compete in the beach sprints. This was a bad move – it completely gave out and I limped over the line last. Its now a total of 6 weeks since the original issue and I’ve basically done nothing over that period apart from a handful of ski and board paddles. The ankle is 95% better but I still have no idea what the injury was. The x-ray came up with nothing, but I forwent the $300 for an MRI.
So what does this mean for my year? Well, I am going to start running again this week – I’ll probably start with a handful of 3km runs to see how it holds up. All going well, I think I’ll go hard for the 10km run on Marathon weekend rather than just making the half. For the Coolangatta Gold this year, I’m clearly not going to make the start line for an individual effort now, but I have hooked up with a team – where I’ll be doing the run leg. It will just be really nice to continue my involvement in this amazing event during the year.
So on the water side of things, over winter I can have a stack of fun in the surf and really start working on surf skills and general technique.From there, I can have a gradual fitness build and another tilt at the individual event in 2012.
…The saga continues!