After training for 6+ months, my Ironman Arizona participation is in serious jeopardy. As I write this, I’d say that my odds are about 50-50 that I will recover enough to participate by Sunday morning, and even that is optimistic!
Needless to say, I am in no position to work out for the next (at least) 3 days. After this, I will just have to wait and see how I feel. As of now, I am walking slowly. Sleeping hurts more than sitting and sitting hurts more than standing. Breathing is difficult. Sometimes I feel the entire lower back side of my rib cage throbbing with each heart beat. Even typing is painful (especially with my right hand).
I generally tend to avoid pain killers, but this time I have no choice. The pain is unbearable. The most painful is coughing and sneezing! They say that child-birth and kidney stones are the most painful experiences. I wouldn’t be surprised if intercostal muscle tears are up there.
At least I can still drive!!