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Battling Demons....

In the last few weeks my training has suffered due to heavy work commitments and more recently a 'niggle' with my knee.

My workload for the last few weeks now has been silly, with the triathlon season starting and RG Active getting very busy, very fast and then the manufacturing business moving to new, bigger premises whilst having lots of work in progress, I will be honest and admit I have struggled both mentally and physically to find the motivation, time and energy to get out a train as much as I would like. The problem I now have is my World Record attempt is 3 weeks away so I have to train enough to keep me in a positive mind set but no overdue it as I am supposed to be tapering, but the little training I have been doing has been helping me manage the work stress, so it's a tough balancing act.

Don't train too much to effect the taper - Train enough to de-stress from work - Don't train too much to make injury worse - Train to keep sane! 

So what is this injury that is adding to my mental struggle...

From what I have read and people that I have spoke too on top of personal experiences, it is an overuse injury known commonly as 'runner’s knee'. It is caused by a number of things that include too much volume, incorrect footwear, too much tarmac, bad bio-menchanics, poor flexibility.... you get the drift.

After a little research I have found the following information and I am now doing everything to try and get this 'issue' sorted ahead of Blenhiem Triathlon.

reatment of this condition is three-pronged and is aimed at 1) decreasing inflammation 2) allowing time for adequate healing and 3) alleviating whatever factors led to the problem in the first place.

To decrease inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications such as ibuprofen are quite effective. In addition, frequent applications of ice to the affected are may also be helpful. While a complete cessation of activity may not be necessary, it is important to refrain from any activities that exacerbate the pain. In mild cases, running at low intensity for short durations may be possible but for many this is not the case. To ensure adequate healing, rest and recovery should take place until the joint is pain free. During this period and immediately thereafter, strengthening exercises of the quadriceps and the ankle are beneficial to prevent recurrence and are to be encouraged. Finally, it is important to address any issues related to footwear, arch support and the training program in order to prevent patellar tendinitis from coming back.

Link: Running knee injuries 101
Link: How to beat runners knee
Link: Patellar Tendinitis
Link: Runners DIY guide to knee pain

I am now beginning my taper period, but I have actually been in an enforced taper for about 2 weeks now because of the work load, stress, niggles etc. So, things aren't ideal but I am trying to stay mentally prepared even if my physical state is no quite ideal.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and I will update you all very soon,