Raced an oly last Sun. Training, "B" race, race effort it but no taper.
Monday felt like I had a bruised left heel (bottom center) when barefoot on a hard surface. No workout. Roller from heel to hip (I do nightly to prevent return of old IT/quad troubles)
Bruise feeling faded, was minimal Tue. morning. Swim in the a.m. Regular ART/massage session in pm (~ every 10-14 days in season for me), could thumb a small nugget in my heel, uncomfortable but not super painful. Advised golf ball on the spot, break the thing up. Doing this 2x a day since.
Wed-Fri, did some swimming, some 40min easy runs, easy trainer spins for the bike.
During the bike and runs at times felt like I had a very small pebble in the bottom center of the heel. Pebble feeling has remained constant last 24hrs.
Have not iced or taken any meds, generally avoid meds as a rule, prefer to really feel what's going on with my bod. Did do a round of antibiotics for toe last month (cephalexin), fwiw. I have custom orthotics and relatively new shoes Asics DS, under 200miles.
"A" race in 3 weeks. 2 more "A-" just for fun races after that.
Continue golf ball? No golf ball, too much of an irritant?
Roll arch area?
Wear shoes with orthotics all the time? none of the time?
change seat height in some way to go easier on the arch or heel or calf?
ride/run only on flat terrain? stay in the saddle?
Burn some funky incense to ward off evil injury spirits?
Dress like Richard Simmons in compression socks and skip everyhwhere I go while juggling TP balls and whistling mary had a little lamb?
I'm ready to do any little thing that might tip the scales in my favor.
Of course, training weather is awesome right now, friends all racing or building, Olympic fever going on, A race finally approaching... not training would be the toughest medicine.
The Ride of Truth - OWN your ride.