Stress fracture

Stress fracture

Three weeks ago I found out that the thigh pain I’ve had since April is, in fact, a stress fracture. Not “just” tendonitis as I thought.

I was pretty upset for several reasons:
1. I love running, and the recovery means no running for AGES
2. Summer racing dreams dashed - and I was so looking forward to racing the Golden Trail Series
3. I didn’t think I was the kind of person who would get a femoral stress fracture. I mean, I am “robustly built” to put it kindly, and I thought you had to be skinny to get a stress fracture. Sadly that’s not the case. In fact, last year’s 3-month injury hiatus was probably the same thing (but I never had time to get it checked out). I’m ashamed to say that I cried when I found out. Ashamed because it’s a minor inconvenience compared to the genuine illness and pain that many people have to suffer.

So there are some lessons for me to learn in perspective and grit, as well as training load and diet...

I’ve been back on the bike a lot more since running was interrupted. Fitting really, because it was a stress fracture that first brought me to cycling when I was 20!

The company and encouragement of my cycling friends has been invaluable, thank you.
As had the support of team Salomon Switzerland.

Now I’m allowed to walk again, building up to 3 minutes jogging, and I am overjoyed... Here’s to overcoming setbacks!

Thanks Philipp Reiter for the photo, and to Laax for morning views of the “Caribbean of the Alps”.



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Date 14/10/2019
Distance 10.1km
Time 52:39
Pace 5.11/km

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Date 13/10/2019
Distance 100.6km
Time 6:24:05
Elevation 2,550m

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Date 13/10/2019
Distance 100.6km
Time 6:24:05
Elevation 2,550m
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