Hi all -
I'm a novice age-grouper (first Oly-distance in 2010) who set my sights on a second Oly in July 2011 and a 70.3 in Sept. Felt like I was on track with my training when I busted my left pinky playing indoor soccer. Unfortunately, it required surgery. So, here I sit with stitches in one hand and a bag of Doritos in the other. I'd like to resume some kind of training program but don't know how far to push it. I know swimming is out (at least until the stitches are gone) but feel like I could handle some running and maybe even a ride or two.
Curious if anyone has been in similar straits and how they coped. For example, how do you keep sweat and road grime away from a surgical incision? Any cross-training advice? I'm not really addicted to this stuff (...isn't the first step admitting we have a problem??) but would be disappointed to totally walk away from the 8 weeks of effort I have invested so far.
Thanks in advance!!!
Aaaaahhh that's too bad! I grew up playing soccer & love indoor! But, sucks to break your finger.
I also like Doritos ... I ate nine million of them after I finished my first irondistance event. But now, years later, and with some massive willpower, I'm just saying no to Doritos at the grocery store.
I'm not sure I want to see a picture (ew) but is it something you can wrap while running or riding? Or is it something you can use liquid bandaid with?
For sure I'd want to keep training and like you mentioned, pay attention to the open wound & keep it clean and infection free.
I know even little breaks take a long time to fully heal, but at least the incision should wrap up soon. Keep positive & focused on the months ahead & I wish you a quick recovery.
Sara Cox Landolt
Hi Sara -
Thanks so much for the post! I'll give the liquid Band-Aid a try. Met with both the doc and the PT yesterday and have their okay (sort of) to start in the gym on a tread/trainer until the pin comes out. Unfortuantely, it might be a long time before I'm playing soccer again. Now, what's your secret on how to kick the Doritos...? (Kidding - thanks again.)