Lemons, Lemonade or an Arnold Palmer?

I don’t think I can make lemonade out of lemons quite they way Runner Susan can. She turned a 3 hour traffic jam, a full bladder and a missed race start into running an ultra marathon and getting a marathon medal but I digress.  My particular brand of lemons come in the form of non-running, rather than running so there’s less to be done with them.

My lemons are known as ITB syndrome  and it all started with a bicycle seat in the wrong position.  I’ve been battling the demon for a couple of months and I finally got out the big guns and went to a physical therapist who treated it.  We talked about training through the pain (a fairly common methodology for triathletes) and that just didn’t work.  I tried to run off the bike and the pain was intense and I was defeated so he said he thought 6 weeks of rest along with some glute strengthening exercises he gave me would do it.
Excuse me – did you say 6 weeks?


Holy mother of God – I can’t NOT train for 6 weeks and oh, by the way, I have a race in 4 weeks.

But the gig was up – if I can’t run off the bike then I can’t very well do a triathlon so bu-bye Oceanside.  You were a great idea a few months ago.

So where is the lemonade?  I have a bunch of glute strengthening exercises to do and although they aren’t difficult and they aren’t too terribly painful to do my buns get really sore from them.  I can also do core work as well as a little upper body work.  So – in however many weeks I can hold out (I’m committed to 4 at this point) I will do my glute and ab hardening work and come out of this with a great butt and a six pack!  Or a 4 pack!  Or no pack at all but a nice flat, hard tummy.   Just look at the physique in this picture of a person suffering ITBS. I think that says it all.

So there’s your lemonade.  Or maybe it’s not lemonade – maybe’s just an Arnold Palmer because it will be a cold day in hell before my butt ever looks that good but it will look better and I loves me an Arnold Palmer (the drink, not the man) so, in the parlance of the 21st Century, it’s all good.


This entry was posted in Health, Pain and Suffering, Racing, training. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Lemons, Lemonade or an Arnold Palmer?

  1. fe-lady says:

    sorry to hear about all this…
    but if you get a butt like that one in the illustration it will be worth it.

    Get better and have fun at your new job tomorrow!!!!

  2. That stinks!!! I had IT issues going into my IM 3 years ago. I was given (probably similar) exercises, and I still do them TO THIS DAY! I really think doing them helps to keep the RIGHT things strong, and that helps keep everything “in place.”

    Good luck!!!

  3. Mother Chaos says:

    Nooooooooo! Six weeks?! Argh.

    I seldom make it through these sorts of things. They say “six weeks!” and I get to exactly the point at which the pain doesn’t make me cry anymore, and then I’m back at whatever it was I shouldn’t have been doing. What an idiot.

    That butt WOULD be a nice side-effect, though. 🙂

  4. Black Knight says:

    Sorry sorry sorry, I know very well what a long stop means but we have many chances: the gym or swimming without stressing the illness part of our body. Best wishes!

  5. runner susan says:

    How are you feeling now? I need some glute exercises! do some for me today, and tomorrow and the next day, please.

  6. Jessica says:

    Haven’t been in the blogosphere in awhile – – like the look of your blog these days! As for your training…you are an inspiration, lady – truly.

  7. David says:

    So if you can get your butt to look like the one in the diagram, what’s to complain about?

  8. Black Knight says:

    Where is 21st Century Mom?

  9. Yuri says:

    IT band syndrome sucks! I really feel for you, especially that you can’t run for 6 weeks. Do you have a foam roller? If so, try using every day to roll out your IT band – it will help. Also, doing some exercises to strengthen your glutes will be a big help as well.

    Interval Training Man

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s