Wk43 into wk44 and my ankle & hip!

I’m on leave this week… possibly the worst time to be on leave, with covid restrictions and bad rainy weather, means there’s not been a lot to do. But it could be worse, best not to complain, and just make the most if it.

I haven’t blogged for a while, so this will be an update of where I’m at.

Last week I did a good amount of training, and I’m taking this week as a good time to rest and recover.

I cycled 33 miles last week, and walked nearly 22. I was good with foam rolling and stretching at the start of the week, and did it three times… better than nothing but still not good enough. Here’s what I did:

Wk43 – 19 Oct
Mon: 50 min easy spin / Foam rolling ✅
Tue: 1 hour/3.7M walk / Foam rolling ✅
Wed: 70 min bike intervals
Thu: 4.4M walk / Foam rolling ✅
Fri: 10M / 50 min bike intervals
Sat: 2.7M walk
Sun: 4.3M Walk wi Eilidh (for Moira) then 3M Walk wi Fit Girl.

This week I’ve taken the foot off the gas a bit, and tried to get some good sleeps in, a nap or two, and some walks. On Tuesday I took advantage of what seemed like the only window of ok weather before 9am, and managed to get out on my bike for a spectacular sunrise. About 7am, and by 710am it was almost all gone. But it was beautiful and I’m so glad I was up for it.

My body clock was a bit out with the clocks going back, so by 6am I was wide awake (with my body thinking it was 7am).

I’ve been meaning to send my pics into BBC news Scotland, and this time I managed to get one published – here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54705568

I was well chuffed with that. 🙂 It also got shared lots on Facebook too. Hopefully the pics will make a good zoom background for my work too.

Our leave this week has been quite restricted, we’d usually travel somewhere, abroad, or even around Scotland. But with the Covid restrictions we haven’t.

We’d also usually eat out more, but with only cafes open, they’re busier than normal … and restaurants haven’t been open either. Oh well.

We’ve been out and about for walks anyway, and have frequented places like Little Italy, Cafe Monzo, Moyra Jane’s, Ollies and New Yolk. All local, and good food. Masks on etc.

And I bought a new colourful buff and a new purple hat for myself too. This was a millionaire cheesecake in Little Italy! It was surprisingly not too sweet or sickly either. Yum.

This is what I’ve been doing this week, exercise wise:

Wk44 – 26 Oct (leave)
Mon: 2.6M walk
Tue: 13.1M cycle at sunrise (massage)
Wed: 2M walk / shopping
Thu: 2M walk (in the rain!)
Fri: Long Walk / foam roll
Sat: 50 min Indoor cycle / foam roll
Sun: Walk / foam roll

I had a really good massage on Tuesday from Clare. But my hip / lower back injury is still here. I’m a bit sore after the massage, but I know it will have done me good.

I’ve been off running for about 10 weeks, and it’s not any better. It’s starting to get really annoying, and nothing I seem to do helps it. (I might even cry a little inside when I see people out running, but don’t tell anyone 😥).

Walking (about 80 miles this month) and cycling (150 miles for this month) isn’t aggravating it in any way, but it’s not fixing either, so my next step is physio. Hopefully with KM Woods physio in Finnieston, in the next week or two.

I’m planning / guessing I’ll still be off running til the end of the year, but we will see.

I found out last week that the Brighton Marathon has been postponed, until Sept 2021, so I’ve managed to change my flight and hotel for that, and hopefully I’ll be all fixed and ready for it by then. I changed the flight out to a bit later than above – to fit with the Bots from Ellon who are going down too. It should be fun, (as long as I’m better for it).

My last wee update is about my right ankle… there’s been a lump on the inside of it for about 6 months or so now. (Sorry for the feet pictures!)

In late August, after talking it over with my brother (GP), I went to my GP about it. Better to get it checked out.

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, the thought of this maybe being something not so innocent was enough to make me be a little concerned. Aaahhhh.

I decided not to worry, and just get it checked out wait for the results… but here’s what happened:

21 Aug – GP appointment (phone then face to face)

8 Sep – ultrasound and X-ray – they said my GP would get a report in next three weeks, then a letter came in for an MRI…

25 Sep – MRI with dye… I had some strange side effects after it, nausea and sickness the day after. 🤮🤢😳 I wasn’t told about it as being possible side effects, but it can happen as a side effect, so that wasn’t much fun. But it didn’t last long. I took the following (Saturday) afternoon as a sleep to get over it.

15 Oct – results with GP, but unfortunately the GP was off sick last week, so I only got the results today.

29 Oct – the GP called me to say it’s likely a ganglion cyst (and not a tumour); but they want to do a CT scan to check the bone around it etc. So my next step is probably the Queen Elizabeth for a CT scan.

( ps: the NHS is good isn’t it? ).

I had a CT scan this time 6 years ago when I bumped my head. At least they found a brain that time. 😂 (The pic below was me back then… before a big black eye developed, just in time for me to attend my aunts funeral with a big black shiner / remember that?)

Back to my foot, and there’s a little bit of pain / tenderness in it, but the main issue is the other foot kicking it, as it sticks out a bit. Lumpy bumpy Lorn.

I’ll need to wait and see how it’s treated, but at least it’s probably nothing nasty.

By the way, I upgraded my cycle shoes, to some Northwave Origin 2s (above) and they’re great. I’m still using them with toe clips as they work for me, but they along with long socks and leg warmers have really done a good job of keeping my feet warm on long cycles.

Now the focus is for me to get my right leg and hip / lower back sorted so I can get back to running in 2021. It’s the same leg as my ankle issue, but the issues probably aren’t connected … so to speak.

By the end of this year, I’ll have probably run about 800 miles, and cycled about 500-600 and walked about 600 I think. Not bad for being injured for about 4-5 months. My weight has stayed pretty steady too – I think I’ve been burning what I eat / eating what I burn.

I’ll be back on my bike next week (indoor if it’s heavy rain), and maybe once indoors this weekend. And I’ll get some walks in too. And I need to get a grip of myself to get more regular stretching and foam rolling done as it’s important.

Hopefully physio can help me get back on track and get my injury sorted once and for all.

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