For those of you who do not like lima beans, I have found an alternative solution when they come in a frozen bag – ice pack. I love peas and will not sacrifice my bag of frozen peas. Lima beans were on sale and I bought three bags. As I type I am icing my sprained ankle with a conforming bag of frozen lima beans. Where there is a will and a need there is a way.
This morning I met my training partner and lifted weights. I had not made it to the store to pick up an ankle brace and had it wrapped with an ace bandage. On my way to work I picked up two ankle supports, one neutral toned to blend in and a black neoprene one for swimming. I also got my ankle X-rayed to make sure there wasn’t a stress fracture and it appears that I am in the clear.
I made it to the pool after work to see how swimming would affect my ankle. Rule one – do not do flip turns. Several of my friends know how hard I have worked to get them down and insisted I do not try to push off of the wall with my bad ankle. I took their advice and did not even try. I had to modify my workout since kicking with fins is also out of the question for now. That would be Rule two. I was able to swim and kick. At first my ankle would ache but I made sure to point my toes and not flex my ankle. After a few laps I was in a rhythm. I swam a total of 2,100 meters and actually averaged one of my best times. It is amazing how much faster I average when I am not kicking with a kick board…
I made a decision today – my training matters to me. A lot. I am not going to let an ankle sprain sit me out on the side lines, I will dig deep and draw on my resilience. Yes, I will make modifications. First I am not running for at least a week. My 10 mile race is 10 days away. My goal is to participate, so I want to rest my ankle and hope to get a few miles in running late next week before the race. Second I will be swimming more – I need the improvement here and now I have open slots in my training schedule so I will make use of it. Third, and this is ironic, I will be adding spin classes. Yes after posting how much I prefer the road, I will be going into the dark, music filled room with the hooting and hollering. With my bum ankle I do have a good excuse to not ride out of the saddle, so at least that part will be skipped. What it comes down to is resilience of body and mind. Merriam-Webster defines resilience as “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.” The capability is there, choosing to draw on it will make me stronger and overcome this set back. Strengthening both my body as well as my mind.