I am feeling behind in much of my life lately, so writing posts has taken a bit of a back seat. And speaking of back seat, I am currently on the injured list after hurting my “back seat”. 2 weeks ago my hubby and I went for a hike on our anniversary (19 years, woohoo!). Unfortunately, the hike ended with me falling on my tailbone after slipping on some rock steps on a steep area of the trail. It was instantly swollen and the bruising is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I have even gotten worried in the gym locker room that someone is going to see my backside and think I’ve been abused!
The good news is that I don’t think I injured my coccyx as much as my sacrum, (at least I guess that’s good news). I don’t have to sit on a donut cushion, I just have to be careful to not have anything touch my lower back area. I have done all the injury protocol of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation, well elevation is a bit hard to accomplish with this injury!). 2 weeks later and I still have a large hard lump about the size of a lemon in my backside that is very painful.
The other good news is that I can swim and bike without too much pain. So, I’ve been able to keep up with most of my Half Ironman training. The bad news is that I cannot run. As in, I cannot even take 2 steps without extreme pain. This does not bode well seeing as my race is in less than 4 weeks. I really don’t know at this point if it is feasible for me to attempt a Half Ironman or not. Walking 13.1 miles does not sound like my idea of fun at the end of a triathlon. I have not gone to the doctor because everything I read online said that whether it is broken or just bruised, there isn’t anything they can do. However, now that we are a few weeks out from my race, I’m beginning to wonder if I should go get an X-ray.
Just when I felt that my triathlon training was going well and I was getting into a groove after Boston, this had to happen. I am trying to remain positive and I really am thankful that I can bike and swim, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t desperately missing my running.
Anyone ever dealt with a “backside” injury? Any tips on getting over it faster?