Taper Week for Mt Lakes Triathlon this weekend has turned into sickness recovery week. I’d hoped to complete my last triathlon of the season with confidence & success before beginning my half-marathons in mid-September. Training hard for multiple sports is a slippery slope for injury-prone over-doers like me. As a result of running longer, harder & more often and not being properly fitted for shoes, I developed a blister then nail tenderness then CYCLOPS TOE! Amazing how things can go from bad to worse in just one 11 mile run 🙂 my second in 1 week. Did I mention over-achiever? Despite getting fit & shod with new Brooks Pure Flows from Trak Shak, the damage has been done.
I broke down & called the doctor since not only is my toe swollen but I’ve got a sinus cold & poison sumac running wild on my hands and legs. Holistic self-care can only go so far despite my whole hearted efforts to flush my sinuses with a neti pot daily, breath eucalyptus steam, drink enough hot herbal tea to float a small armada, coat my body in Benadryl/Hydrocortisone cream, & bury my foot in ice water. My deceased father & chiropractor would both be proud.
Diagnosis: The toenail WILL fall off but I can’t do much about it. Compete & the nail will be worse. Don’t compete & maybe it’ll come off a little nicer & without as much pain/swelling. 3 days to decide.
Now I’m amped up on methylprednisolone & amoxicillin. This could be a good thing or a bad thing as the 1st can cause insomnia & the 2nd diarrhea. Awesome. Did I mention I got up at 4am this morning with insomnia?
Time for a swim effort!