Thursday, April 1, 2010

No Stress Fracture / WIND

Yesterday I received a call from my sports med doctor who reported that I did NOT have a stress fracture! Score! Turns out the medical imaging place who did my MRI did have someone look at my scans and perform an initial diagnosis. The verdict is probably some severe tendinitis. The bad news is that because of my work schedule, I am not going to be able to get in for a follow up until 4/9. BLAH.

(Note, I wanted to take a picture of myself doing basically the same thing as the guy on the left, but because I am going on a bike ride over the noon hour I haven't showered, I'm still in my PJs, and I'm pretty sure that you could smell the funk from the picture. You're welcome. Besides, he basically looks like me - only with much much bigger eyebrows.)

On Wednesday, I went out for a short 30 minute tempo bike ride. I was basically going to hit the bike as hard and as fast as I could for ~9 miles and see where I ended up. What I forgot was that Phoenix was having a crazy bad wind storm (for here) with winds of 25+ miles per hour. Not horrible for the Midwest, but with nothing but sand to blow around, it got a little annoying here.

My bike ride started out awesome. I was chugging away at 24 miles per hour! My fastest sustained speed ever! How could this be possible!?!?! Then I realized it..... I feel almost NO wind hitting my face. This. is. not. going. to. be. good. Of course, that meant that the wind was nearly directly at my back and was approximately 24 miles per hour. Awesome. When I am running and this happens I can look forward to a 8 mph headwind - not so much when you are biking.... The ride back was a nightmare.

When I realized that I was getting a little hand of god drafting assistance, I immediately decided to turn around at the 12 minute mark instead of 15 minutes as I was certain that I would be slower on the turn around. I was correct. While I averaged 23.5 MPH on the way out, I averaged 13.3 MPH on the way back. It hurt. But not in the 'hurt so good' way, more like in the kick in the junk way. I'm not sure how people in windy climates do it.

Finally, I've been riding the bike mid-day because my father in law was in a pretty serious motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon. He'll be fine but is pretty beat up***. My wife and I have been spending the evenings at the hospital - well into the night. Unfortunately I've found that being at the hospital until 1am isn't conducive for a 4:30am bike start time. Cest la vie. GYAMA.

***Please, especially as it is starting to warm up, look before you change lanes, a motorcycle can hide in your blind spot very easily.


Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Thank goodness you do not have a stress fracture!! This is great news! Nice work on your tempo bike run:)

I would of loved to have seen a picture of you giving the thumbs up sign:)

Have a good one Adam!

Psyche said...

I can just see you doing the no-stress-fracture-two-thmbs-up dance. Make it stop.

Barefoot AngieB said...

Great news! Another one here wanting a video of the dance!
Wind is not my friend. On rare occasions I appreciate it for pollination and such and when its the first warm wind after winter but aside from that it just messes up my hair.
Sending healing vibes to your FIL. Hope he has a swift recovery :)

Pam F. said...

That's horrible about your FIL. Hope his injuries aren't too severe and that he heals quickly and completely.

My mother called me at work earlier to tell me about a cousin of hers (I don't know him) that was in a motorcycle wreck last night. A deer jumped out in front of him. His leg is messed up REALLY badly. At this point they're not sure if he will lose the leg or not.

But that's GREAT news about your foot! :)

RunningLaur said...

Hooray no stress fracture! Now it's just on to banning all of the other stress from your life.

I hear the best way to return to running after tendinitis (once you're healed) is to run at a really slow pace on nice soft surfaces with other people early on Friday or Saturday mornings....

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Wow, that sounds like a fun bike ride...for YOU! I am very glad it wasn't me. :)

I should really do more biking as a cross train.

Colste said...

Glad to hear good news about no stress fracture and Thank God your father in law isn't hurt very seriously. Wind storm with sand does not seem fun.

kilax said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Father in Law :( Happy to hear he is somewhat okay.

And happy to hear no stress fracture! Just keep being hardcore on your windy bike rides! ;)

RunnuRMark said...

headwinds on the bike just flat out suck. but yeah, we have it worse in the midwest!

Jill said...

I saw on FB no stress fracture and was happy for you! Thank you for no smelly pics of you!! And I think the wind machine was dumped over Denver this past week...I guess March didn't go out like a lion - more treadmill intervals cuz I'm such a wuss! Happy Easter!

Jamoosh said...

Am I to understand there is a dance and a video?

Running Through Life said...

Great news!!!

Glenn Jones said...

Good news on the foot front. And glad to hear that your FIL is going to be okay! Car versus motorcycle can be pretty scary for everyone involved.

You're smarter than me. It took me a couple of years to realize that when I ran, saw the trees swaying, but felt no headwinds, that meant I was going to in for a rough return run.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I'm a little late... but..

Good News :)