Well I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to write a post like this but after my leg issues came back last week I figured I would write down some thoughts and my feelings so I can get things out. If you have been following my blog for a few years you might remember my leg issues I had before and during IM Wisconsin in 2012. I never got an answer on what went wrong and why it happened but I talked to triathlon author and coach Matt Fitzgerald and he said that sometimes the muscles protect themselves during taper by basically shutting down. Thus, I couldn’t get my body to move the way I wanted it to because my brain shut my muscles down to prevent injury. The body/mind is a crazy ass thing. It is so smart and how it can prevent injury but also so frustrating when this happens.
I will try to describe what the pain or feeling is like but it is so hard to put into words. Basically what it feels like when it happens is my muscle cramps up, contracts, then does not let go. So working out is impossible and depending on where the “cramp/spasm” is walking becomes painful. And the worst part about these issues is how they just pop up randomly. They did not happen last year and I was fine until last Monday when on the trainer my quad went to crap, then my calves, then other quad. I got a massage from a sports guy and he said I had a weak right glute which caused my left side to overcompensate and my calves had to prevent my legs from straying from the correct gait. And thus they were over worked.
I have been trying to think of what differences there are between this year and last year to try to figure out what it could be. The only thing I can think of is me going gluten free last year. So maybe I will go back to that and see how my body reacts. But either way this is very frustrating to lose a week of training because my legs can’t work. But hopefully all will be good going forward and if there are any PTs or docs out there reading or if anyone might have suggestions I am all ears!