I haven't done any cycling or running since 27 Jul 2008.
I think everyone knows I have problem feet. My very flat feet are very susceptible to foot injuries. I've had heel pain since 2002. The fasciia at the bottom of my feet is "gone", which means I don't have spring in my steps amongst other things.
Both my feet were swollen after the Miri Tri. After PD, I couldn't even stand for a good few hours. The weekend after PD (27 Jul), both my feet were swollen after a simple bike ride. Thats when I decided to do "whatever it takes" to sort out my feet.
My employers provide very good health benefits, so on 3 Aug I decided to visit Damansara Specialist Hospital which is frequented by so many Triathletes. The Doc I was referred to is a nice friendly chap, great Ferrari fan and supports the "enemy".
The x-rays clearly confirm I don't have heel spurs. Surgery is thus unnecessary and is even not suggested as it would weaken the fasciia.
"I will give you the best steroids in the country" is what he said. So I got jabs in both heels. He said do absolutely nothing for two weeks. I was actually mentally ready for much worse.
I have missed two weekends of cycling and my feet feel much much better. I am not depressed, quite contrary, I am enjoying my new found rest. Last Sunday, I spent the whole day watching the Olympics with only a 90 mins break for a lunch time swim in my apartment pool. Funnily I have no problem swimming in the sun, but its a different matter when it comes to cycling. Even though it is only a small apartment pool, it has provided me much pleasure. Even just staring at it is thereupatic.
My office is near the PADE Shah Alam Pool and the pool is in "excellent knick" nowadays. So I go swimming there almost everyday , about 3km each time. Its thus not quite the end of the world.
The initial plan was to start using the trainer in Sep and only hit the road in October (two months to prepare for Ironman WA). Perhaps I should only start on the trainer in mid Sep so as not to rush things. One run two weeks before the Ironman should be enough, I think to finish in 17 hours.