Thursday, September 17, 2015

A very sore Splash n' Dash!!

Let's back up to Tuesday, shall we?

Tuesday night, I went to spin at Landis (we bring our bike trainers and have class outside of their store). It was 'Brick Night' which meant we were doing speed intervals, practicing getting off the bike, transitioning into running shoes and then taking off on a run.
Everything was going great and I was really pushing the speed on both the bike intervals and the runs. We started with a half mile run and then finished with a 2 mile run.
It was dark by the last 2 mile run and I felt like I was flying. I caught up to a girl after the 1 mile turn-around, and we chatted on the way back. About a quarter mile from the store, I must have tripped on one of the many cracks in the sidewalk and went sliding full-force on my knees. (For cars driving by, it must have looked like I was practicing a dance move or something sliding so far on my knees)

The girl I was with screamed so loud (which I think scared me more than the actual fall!), but I jumped back up, acted like nothing happened and we finished the run.
I told her I was embarrassed, and she said we wouldn't mention it to anyone back at the store.... great plan, but we didn't realize I had blood dripping down my knees covering my shoes. When we got back everyone of course freaked out and offered to help.

Once we got it cleaned up, I headed home and put some Neosporin on it and rapped it in gauze (Spoiler alert:: I will NEVER do this step again!)

I woke up the next day, we on a bike ride and when I got home, I tried to take the gauze off. It literally would NOT come off. I tried getting it a little wet. I tried sitting in the bathtub (for OVER AN HOUR)! I tried everything. Nothing was working. I eventually had to rip it off-- which was EXTREMELY painful.

So.... today I was planning on doing the Splash n' Dash to prepare for the race this weekend. Once I finally got the gauze off, my knees were extremely sore and hard to bend (every time I would bend my knees, it would crack open the scab and then they would start to bleed again). So I wasn't too sure how it would go.

I decided to hobble my way to the Splash n' Dash, not bending my knees at all and tried to get to the swim start without opening the wounds. Then once I was out of the water, I had a bottle of water I rinsed them off with before I took on on the run- and the cracked like crazy-- which of course led to more bleeding.
Definitely not my fastest time, but given the situation I did okay. (And I got practice in for this weekends race.)
*Do you like open water swimming or pool swimming better?

*Are you clumsy? YES

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