I haven't posted in ages, but I don't really have much to write about now that I busted up my shoulder! Haven't been able to swim or run for a month. The story in a nutshell:
I was 10 miles into the Marin metric century when I had the bright idea to remove my arm warmers without stopping my bike. Thankfully I'd slowed down to maybe 10 MPH so the subsequent crash wasn't terrible (and I landed in a bunch of tall grass instead of the road) but I landed squarely on my shoulder. My first thought: Did anyone see me?? Ha. I jumped up, brushed off myself and my bike, and finished the ride.
Fast forward a couple days later when I tried to run. OUCH! After 1 mile my shoulder started killing me; that back-and-forth repeated motion revealed that the crash wasn't as benign as I'd thought. I tried swimming and got no farther than 100 yards or so. After 2 more running attempts I knew there was something wrong and I needed to rest up.
Well, rest didn't help. Progressively every activity that involved raising my arm brought pain: washing my hair is a big problem. A week ago I went to a sports doctor who tested my strength and mobility and found everything ok... he really didn't know what was wrong. Said it was probably a small tear in my rotator cuff, or bursitis or tendinosis, and that if it's not better in a few weeks I should go back in for an MRI and maybe a cortisone shot.
So... still resting it. Tried swimming over the weekend and it was a no-go. I've cancelled my Miami race (and the half marathon and Oly) and my mom and I will instead hit a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas :-) So that's it for triathlon until next year, for sure. Hope everyone in blogland is healthy and injury-free!