Monday, May 5, 2008

Embrace your cartilage and other stuff

Wow.. what a weekend! Lots of racing going on. Congrats to Puremadness Jen. She won a local triathlon here in MA. Congrats to Bree for getting her fiery butt to place third at St. Croix. Kudos to Amanda for her awesome race there too. Her race report sets her apart as a professional in that there is no shoulda,coulda, woulda, you just go out there, you race hard and you deal with adversity and laugh at yourself falling off your bike instead of swearing like a sailor in which I would have done as loud as I could!!! Next time, I will catch myself and "think Amanda like" before I do this if I'm finding myself in this situation. Besides, we as age grouper do this for FUN, right?????

Mel, you've got only a few hours left to sulk and you will leave your St Croix mishap right there and get SUPER EXCITED about your next race just like Bree said, right???
You did a SUPER JOB!

As for cartilage, I am lacking some. I have a labral tear in my right hip. In layman's terms, it acts as a gasket where your bone sits in the socket. Bad gasket= pain. The tear can't heal itself. An MRI is next up for me and then a cortisone shot to dampen the chronic discomfort I have been having for 5 weeks now. It's been a tough spring!! The good news is, it's a mechanical issue and not a inflammatory one in that I can train on it as much as I'm able to bear the discomfort.
Fun fun...
Thanks to my coach for putting up with me and Dede for the most awesome referral to Donnie Strack at Wellesly Orthopedics. He promises to help fix me!

10 comments:

GZ said...

uhh ... what does that eventually mean if the tear cannot heal itself?

kerrie said...

yeah, that is a good question from GZ....what does that mean? just hoping you are going to be pain free soon so we can kick it in CdA:)

Trigirlpink said...

JUST THINK SUPER POSTIVE CARTILAGE- GROWING THOUGHTS!!!!!

no blood supply to heal cartilage. ah.. who cares???? Cartilage-Smartiage...... I'll just pretend it's there. :-)

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

You have a great attitude - and that's the FIRST step. AND, you get to train... as long as you can tolerate it. Listen to your body - and know that I'm sending lots of healing thoughts you way! When is the MRI?? What kinds of things can you get done to HELP recovery?? Hang in there. And a few peanut M&Ms never hurt... :) The House MOnster says hi...

Cy said...

Hope you able to find relief from the pain...

Yeah-Just pretending it's there should do the trick!! The power of thought!!

GoBigGreen said...

hi, me again..your labrum cant repair itself but you can work thru it if it isnt too painful. Worst case scenario, and really it isnt that bad, I have had friends who have had this, is surgery to "clean it up" a bit. The risk is that w/o as much cartilidge you are more apt to have arthritic changes ( huh? we cant have that, we are too young) in the long term.
So, see your doctor and keep the positive thinking going!
Julia

Mel said...

Hello my little E friend..I so missed your humor...but really want to thank you for your support through my rough mental break down :) All good now...so need the humor :)thank you for the little write up :)
Ugggg, I am sorry you just keep having problem after problem...keep postive and keep moving forward!!

Hugs

BreeWee said...

Glad you can keep training...I am hoping ONLY the best for you since you can train on it if it doesn't hurt- YOUCH!

CCC said...

Heal up!

Cy said...

we are doing a 5 hour ride to concord tomorrow if you're interested. There are 7 of us and a bunch of the MIT cycling team are planning to join as well. We are meeting at the student center at 9 am.