Two days until the adventure of my first triathlon. I’m as ready as I’m going to be, although I’d appreciate if the rain and thunderstorms would stop. We even got an email today that our race parking location was changed due to flooding.
I also decided to squeeze in a last minute doctor appointment to get some input on my aching shin.
I was pretty sure I was going to race regardless, but I wanted to hear the sports doctor’s opinion. How does that make any sense? Tell me I’m not the only one who thinks this way.
Good news: it’s not a stress fracture. Bad news: it appears to be a pulled muscle or strain, as I can go from feeling fine to limping with no warning.
The doctor actually told me I can do it. (I was expecting something along the lines of “you really shouldn’t race, but since you’re going to anyway, here’s how to minimize the recovery afterward” speech).
My shin is completely happy in compression gear. I even decided to feign confidence and wear the sleeves to teach my spin class last night. I added the right leg to balance out the look.
I’m gathering the rest of my gear and have my borrowed tri top, belt and shorts ready to go (thanks, Liz!).
I don’t want to think about what would have happened if the doctor said it’s a no-go. I hope I would have been smart enough to listen. But any good sports medicine practitioner knows that runners are stubborn. And they seem to couch their answers around that knowledge.
So why is that? Are people with stubborn personalities more likely to become runners because they have the determination to stick with it? Or do runners become stubborn as they train and get attached to their training and race goals?