So as most of you know I love running on trails but when I am training for Ironman distance triathlons I usually move away from trails to road. I do this because I don't want to risk rolling an ankle or worse on technical trails and risk getting to the start line of my race(s).
Well Tri season is over and I was able to get in on the last race of the 5Peaks series - Buntzen -a technical course but not so nuts that I figured I would be okay.
On my post Roth/Penticton high I decided what the heck lets do the Enduro course - I mean really how bad can it be? 16km of up and down - I got this.
Well one of the things is that when you push and push and don't take a break or probably recover is your body sometimes fights back.
About a week and a half before the race I noticed this weird little rash on my tummy (I would say stomach but I have a tummy - no washboard abs here ). I did not think too much about it but then it kept spreading. HMMM by the weekend I was like I think I should maybe get this looked at.
So into the walk-in clinic I went and the doctor said why are you here and I was like nothing big but I have this little rash - and pulled up my shirt. She backed up about a foot and when yep that is SHINGLES - whaaaatttttt. Shingles - you have shingles. Okaaayyy she is like do you feel tired - kind of did a 7km run this am but I am a long distance triathlete - tired is all relative. She was like how long I was like about a week now. Does it itch - no not really. Does it hurt - a bit but not much.
Then she says wow- most people find this very painful - I was like oh - I have a pretty high pain threshold. Then she says - are you sure it does not hurt? Again - I said kind of but nothing I can't deal with. Then me I am like so what do I do and she was like your body is tired this is your body saying rest...... So like no run tomorrow? She was like no run - can I ride my bike - that is when I am pretty sure she did the biggest EYE ROLL ever. Big Sigh - no bike riding you need to rest this will not go away until you rest! OK got it.
Left the clinic called Joe and told him and to his credit I did not get too much of a lecture.... Well it was like the stupid rash was listening because all of the sudden shooting pain - WOW that is not cool! Fortunately it would go away and then all of the sudden BAM hit. At night it was just a dull ache and it was right where my belt line was so waistbands were rubbing it to. Not fun.
So a week out from Buntzen I am told I need to rest and I have Shingles and this is not looking good. Lucky after a couple of days of bedrest and just chilling the pain started to ease and it seemed to stop spreading. So what do I do - change to the Sport Distance from Enduro. Tee hee
The race morning was foggy and wet - typical fall weather in Vancouver. Off we went and I think I did okay. I forgot how hilly the course was and the pain from the Shingle was there but very minimal really and I would say probably muted by my concentration of staying upright and not twisting an ankle. I did go down once but besides a little dirt on my hands came out unscathed.
I do love the course what I did notice was my energy level felt really low in the back half of the course. I got it done though and I was pleased with the time 1:36 for 10km trail race with Shingles - not too bad. I will take it and as usual 5Peaks did it up right with Pancakes and icecream at the finish line. YUMMY
I felt great and was like that was not so bad. The next day was when I realized dumb move - I could barely move and my body was MAD AT ME! Yep so I have no confirmed from my field research - best not to run with Shingles. See another community service announcement.
Still glad I did the race and I get to keep my rep as hardcore warrier
Peace out Shaun