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Well, after three weeks of no triathlon workouts, I finally made it into the doctor. My primary-care physician is also a sports-medicine specialist, and after a bunch of different exercises he identified the problem: a torn anterior talofibular ligament.  In normal language, that’s an ankle sprain—actually, the most common type of ankle sprain.  Here’s a diagram for you anatomy geeks:

Basic anatomy of a healthy ankle

Basic anatomy of a healthy ankle

My doctor gave me some exercises to rehab and asked me to come back in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, no swimming, biking, or running.  And that means no Playtri Festival Olympic-distance triathlon on July 5th. D’oh! Hopefully I’ll get at least one more race in this summer once I get better.


First, the average news. I twisted my ankle back on May 31st and I haven’t exercised since. It’s feeling much better and I’m fairly certain I could bike and swim, but I’m not sure about running and I don’t want to push it. I’m going to go to the doctor and get it checked out, but this is by far the longest I’ve gone between workouts.  Hopefully I’ll get back out there this week.

The good news is that I got my blood test results from my annual physical and my cholesterol is even lower than it was eight months ago.  The additional improvement is much less significant—an additional ~10% drop in cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL—but still great news.  My “healthy” cholesterol (HDL) hasn’t increased any, so I’ll have to work on that some more as it’s borderline.  Now if I can just train myself to eat smaller and more frequent meals, I might be able to drop back under 190.  One step at a time.. 🙂

5.56 miles in 55:50 @ 10:01 pace @ 162/180 bpm for 769 calories

After a wonderful first few days in England visiting Joanne’s family, I was finally settled in and time-adjusted enough to go on a run. (Now I see why professional triathletes fly to distant race sites a week beforehand.) We stayed out in the countryside north of London, and it was beautiful.  I ran along a curvy, hilly, two-lane road through fields of green soybeans and yellow canola flowers.

Path from our cottage to the main road

Path from our cottage to the main road

After I finished running, I wished I had more days to try out different routes, and I was definitely jealous of the cyclists I saw out enjoying the rare English sunshine.  It was a great trip overall—we took lots of pictures, especially of our day trip to Cambridge.


  • Highest weight: 228 pounds
  • Lowest weight: 187 pounds
  • Current weight: 216 pounds
  • Started training: March 17, 2008
  • First Sprint: June 26, 2008
  • First Olympic: May 17, 2009
  • First Half: TBD 2011
  • Longest swim: 2.05 miles
  • Longest bike: 63.57 miles
  • Longest run: 13.33 miles