Thursday May 25th. 8:30am-1:00pm=Injury ground zero. Location: soccer fields in south Boulder and Colorado Athletic Club (CAC). Activities: 9.4 mile run with shit ton of sprints, followed by 3K swim, followed by 50 minutes in the gym. Maximum weight lifted: squatting 40 pound kettlebell. Diagnosis: fucked my back right the fuck up.
- 4:00pm later that day, notice a pain in my lower back near my sacrum. Assume it will go away with some good sleep.
Friday May 26th. Three hours of intervals and 4K hard masters swim. Notice afterwards that back is much worse than previous afternoon. Assume pain will go away with another night of sleep.
Saturday May 27th. Cut ride short because of back pain. Schedule PT appointment. PM: drink copious amounts of Moscow mules at high altitude.
Sunday to Monday. Back pain mysteriously vanishes.
Tuesday May 30th. 6:40pm. Go in for physical therapy even though back pain has completely disappeared since Sunday. Get acupuncture, even though I don’t think it does anything, to be polite. Also have therapist dry needle the shit out of my hips. Limp for 24 hours afterwards=good needling sesh. Cost: $65 including very generous discount.
Thursday June 1st: Travel to Raleigh. Back pain starts up again immediately. Fuck me.
Friday June 2nd: 11:47am. Get emergency 85 min massage for back. Cost: $80. Feels slightly better.
Sunday June 3rd. Race Raleigh, finish 4th at 11:01am (ish). Nearly one quarter of prize money will go to back injury. 11:04: Realize that back is crippled. Can barely walk. Take 8 minutes to walk 100 feet to massage tent. Cost: $20. Problem: I don’t have any money. Take 5 minutes to walk 90 feet, lay down on pavement to rest. Get helped up by good Samaritan and get massage that he pays for. Cost: one huge pay it forward favor, yet to be paid.
Monday June 4th. Get massage on back. Feels slightly better. Cost: $70. Travel home to Boulder afterwards. Assume back will be better in two days, max. Start using heating pad on back every night before bed. Plan for surprise attack at Boulder Ironman.
Wednesday June 6th. Massage. Cost $72. Realize back is pretty fucked up at this point. Still limping. One night of sleep should fix it.
Friday June 9th. Skip most of Boulder Ironman pro meeting to get prolotherapy on back. Cost: ?? Billed to insurance so I don’t know yet. Probably $80 or more.
Saturday June 10th. Decide not to put shoes in T2 because it still hurts to walk at a slow pace. Cost of not finishing the race the next day: possibly four digits.
Sunday June 11th. Pull out of Ironman Boulder after one lap of bike due to back pain. Cost: pride.
Monday June 12th. Massage. Cost: $72. Realization: back will be fucked forever. Or maybe one night of sleep will fix it. Not sure.
Wednesday June 14th. AM. Back still hurts. Start to really worry about CDA 70.3 in 11 days time. Walk to chiropractor office 8:00am. Cost: $55.
- Later that day at 3:30pm: physical therapy with dry needling. Cost: $70. Schedule three more appointments in following three weeks, just in case.
- Later that day at 5:00pm: realize back is significantly better after needling. Assume back will be 100% better in 24 more hours, especially with a night of good sleep.
Total cost: $564+
Moral of story: 40 pound squats=too heavy and will cost you.
Disclaimer: two of the massages were scheduled for normal recovery reasons before the onset of the injury.