So it looks like my ankle is a lot worse than I thought it was. I am almost positive I have a fracture. Since I rolled my ankle in late August, I gave it close to a month of rest than since that time, I have done a number of test runs with a good week or so between tests. I can run with no pain but as soon as I finish running, my ankle is sore for a few days.
Because I waited so long and how complicated the ankle is, a fracture may not show up on a x-ray so I am just not going to run for the rest of this year and really focus on swim, bike and the gym.
I “may” from 1st December start incline walking on the treadmill again. I will assess as I get closer.
When I started this project, I set myself targets of what I wanted to achieve along the way. Since I had stopped running, my cycling has been going from strength to strength every week. It is crazy how many new peak power records I have set. I did a FTP test last Tuesday and I went far better than I had thought I would with a new FTP of 308 watts. This is the number I had hopped to hit in May 2021 so I am pumped I got it this soon.
Past FTP tests:
- 10/10/2016 – 251 watts
- 4/2/2017 – 261 watts
- 29/3/2017 – 265 watts
- 11/7/2017 – 278 watts
- 13/2/2018 – 282 watts
- 9/3/2019 – 275 watts
- 18/5/2019 – 283 watts
- 1/7/2019 – 287 watts
- 23/10/2019 – 295 watts
- 22/10/2019 – 308 watts
Not running has allowed me to add an extra 3-4 swims per four week training blocks. There is nothing really to report here just yet, just turning the laps over.
Also with not running has afforded me an extra session per week that I can lift weights. It has taken me months (and months) to get to this stage but I am finally at the stage that I am now lifting heavy in my sessions and it is not having a negative impact on any of my other training.
As I have mentioned a few times in past blogs, I had planed to pace Jack during the Burnie Ten. Unfortunately I was unable to do this. Because Jack is only ten years old, he was a little concerned running 10km on his own, I lined up with him at the starting line and watched him run off. I jumped on my bike and rode up and was “one of them” who likes to ride alongside a run race.