I LOVE RUNNING
The freedom, the simplicity, even the pain of vomit-inducing track sets.
Unfortunately there hasn’t been much jogging – let alone running – over the last eighteen months. After almost a whole year on the sidelines due to a muscle tear (and resulting doom and despair), I finally banked a few decent run sessions and started racing triathlon again. Deauville, Alpe d’Huez… and my left Achilles decided to rebel.
Tendinitis, tendinopathy, twinges, pain, stiffness… Call it what you want, it was exactly NOT what I needed mid-way through my comeback season.
What was a doctor going to tell me that Google and my body can’t?
Pills, needles and rest aren’t the answer.
DITCHING THE TRI LACES
I’ve worked my way around it on my own: adapted running sessions, aquajogging, eccentric exercises, different shoes… I’ve tried and tested, and I’m getting there. First step for me: ditch the tri laces, and opt for slightly more traditional and stabilizing lacing.
Follow the next few videos for my amateurish trials and errors, but solutions which have ultimately helped my Achilles issues, and allowed me to keep on racing (kids or any other stupid triathletes, don’t try this at home).
Disclaimer: I’m no physio and no doctor; my knowledge of anatomy comes from Google. I decline all responsibility for any errors or medical aberrations, this is simply what my personal testing has come up with. Professionals out there, happy to hear your input!