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Sidelined By Achilles Tendon Pull

My problem Achilles tendon is rearing it's ugly head again. This morning the right side of my ankle is swollen and can't bear any weight. Time for a little R&R to avoid a possible tear.

My problem Achilles tendon is rearing its ugly head again. This morning the right side of my ankle is swollen and can’t bear any weight. Time for a little R&R to avoid a possible tear.

Awe, crap! It’s day one of my 12-Week Thigh Challenge and I wake up to a very painfully swollen Achilles tendon. Yep, the same Achilles tendon I pulled over a year ago. At least this time around it’s just the right side that’s swollen and not the whole dang ankle.

Sigh…I’ve got my foot elevated, iced and I just popped a couple of ibuprofen. My cycle class starts at noon, but something tells me I’m not going to make it today. Since I need to press down on my heel in class for certain moves, I think it’s best to hang up my cleats today. My goal for the next 24 hours is to keep the weight off of my left ankle. That 24 hours may stretch into a couple of days if the pain persists.

I think the sprints I did yesterday caused the inflammation. My trainer ran me through a metabolic session — tire push, step-ups, pull ups, rope slam, dead lifts and sprints with about 10 second rest in between each exercise.

Ah, those sprints.  I did 3 reps of sprints for 30 seconds each. I ran as fast as I could and actually got faster with each rep.  I felt exhausted after my workout but no pain. It wasn’t until the evening my ankle started swelling.

So today becomes a forced rest day. Thankfully the iPad is charged and at the ready while I take a load off my feet.


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