The 2nd race of the season and another X country in Bourne Woods. A friend said it was a defo for spikes so I took the advice and slipped on my old faithfuls. The first mile was fast and on an uphill track, I went through in about 8th place and in 5:35. The leader was about 20 secs ahead! The 2nd mile had a little downhill and again track, through in 11:07. Mon dieu, it is fast. Mile 3 was real X country across fields of mud and some grassy sodden tracks. Mile 4 and my achilles started to ache a little and I thought maybe it was just the unevenness of the ground and I was so looking forward to the uphill muddy part for a rest on my poor feet and the chance to take advantage in the spikes. I was still hovvering around 10th place at this point but unable to make ground without hurting more. Back onto the track for the last leg and i could not push without considerable pain. I decided to cruise home as I was headed that way anyway. I couldn't even manage to hold off for 12th place going downhill and finally walked the last few yards as it is all about the place rather than the time, although I finished in 29:33 in 13th.
Lots of pain the next day as I was unable to warm down and a massage did help a little. I tried swimming but the push offs are sore.
Today I saw the Doc who is also a top triathlete and have managed to get a physio appointment tomorrow and Friday at short notice. Some luck at least. I'm still hopeful I might make the World Duathlon qualifiers and make the squad but we'll see.
So the swimming and biking(if no pain, I did have pain on Sunday) will be taking the hit.
Watch this space for further info.... ice and anti inflammatories on the go right now!!
Spikes are in the BIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!