My name is Erin and I have been participating in triathlons since 2003. Previous to that I did not have an athletic or even physically active background. I grew up riding horses, but other than the barn, the couch was the only thing I knew.
In 1999, I was water skiing for the first time, and only time, in Texas. During one of my attempts to stand up on the skis, I was drug under water and heard a loud "pop". I felt a dull pain in the upper part of my left hamstring. I now know that I tore my hamstring at the insertion point of my pelvis. To be able to hear the tear occur under water, it must have been a serious one!
While training for the 2010 Denver Marathon, there were several training runs that I should not have completed. The site of the hamstring tear was now a mass of scar tissue that was starting to interfere with the sciatic nerve. It was irritated nearly every run, but particularly during long runs or speed workouts. I felt like I had lost control of my lower leg. Not only was there a dull pain at the site of the injury, but I couldn't feel my lower leg and where my foot was landing. I was afraid that at some point I would put my foot down wrong and injure myself even worse.
For the last two years the effects of the injury have become progressively worse. Despite this I continue to do three or four triathlons a year, three to four century rides, half marathons and obstacle course races. Last year was the first year that I entered the Tough Mudder in Beaver Creek, CO. The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile race over 20-26 military style obstacles. The obstacles were developed by the British Military and include things like belly crawling through mud under barbed wire, swimming in ice water, scaling 12 foot walls, swinging across 30 feet of monkey bars and running through electric wires. I completed the Tough Mudder in 2011 and 2012 and both years I qualified for the World's Toughest Mudder Competition. The WTM is 24 hours of obstacles in New Jersey. I am crazy, but not stupid!
Although I have continued to do events and races, the injury has affected my performance. I am not able to run as fast as I used to. I am very hopeful that the work that Lauren Binder at Cherry Creek Wellness Center is doing with me will get me to run without pain and discomfort. I will be bloggingg throughout my treatment about what I am doing and feeling. Check in weekly to keep up on my progress!