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Old 07-16-12, 02:08 PM   #1
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Checking in - injuries suck!

This is basically a whine - but I think that you guys will understand.

A few months ago I posted here because I was going to buy my first bike ever and you guys were SO helpful. I thought I had to get a hybrid because of my weight and you all convinced me I could get a road bike. Since I was planning a triathlon (my second), a road bike was a better idea. I ended up with a Giant Defy 5. As part of my training for the triathlon, I had started a running program. Come to find out, running while you're twice your ideal body weight is not a good idea. Whoops?

I re-developed Achilles tendonitis in BOTH ankles. I'd hand it in each of them before (even had surgery on my right tendon a few years ago) but never at the same time.

I've been off EVERYTHING - riding, swimming, etc. - for just over 2 weeks with almost 4 weeks to go till my first "check-up." I love my doctor and I know that rest is the only way to heal this overuse injury, but I am both going out of my mind and so sad. I want so badly to be healthy (and not so fat - not going to lie) and now I'm stuck with weights and 5 minutes at a time on a stationary bike with no resistance.

The worst part is knowing that this probably wouldn't have happened if I wasn't so fat.

So - I'm not done - I still love my bike - I just can't ride it for now. I'm going to look at my options for weight loss programs, and may join Overeaters Anonymous since I do have issues with binge eating, and I'll get there. I'll be back to posting all my newbie questions as quick as I can!
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Old 07-16-12, 02:52 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear of the injuries. The great thing about this forum is that we can all relate to the weight loss needs. It sounds like you're being smart and taking it easy, following the doc's suggestions. Time will pass quickly and you'll be back on the bike in no time. And, IMHO, running is evil anyway!
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Sorry to hear of the injury issue and glad you are following the Doc's advise. Good idea not to make things worse.

Once ready to roll, get back on the bike.

Might I suggest waiting on the tri-athlon stuff until you are a bit more fit? Maybe do dua-athlons with just swimming and biking? Training for those would be less weight bearing on joints while allowing a cross-training benefit.
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Ugh! Both ankles too. It has to be hard to wait out the injuries. The nice think about biking is that you often can start biking after injuries sooner than you can do anything that is weight bearing. I trust you will be on the bike soon.
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