This week I was diagnosed with a "bilateral inguinal hernia" which will require surgery. I went to check with the doctor after a couple of weeks of feeling a "pinch" every time I cough or the first couple sit ups when I am training. This is a real set back as I am preparing for the IM Barcelona, October 4th, and hate to see the training time and registration fee going to waste. My doctor (also an IM) tells me he does not see a "real risk" to continue with the plan and plan for the surgery after coming back from the race, however I am uneasy putting more $$ into travel and so forth and risk that things get worse in the six weeks to go and having to pull out last minute. In any case, at this point I am 50/50 on what to do... Any one out there that has gone through this and can share their experience (this seems to be more common that I initially thought...)? Thanks!
I was diagnosed with bilateral inguinal hernia in about March of 2012, and put off surgery until after IM Austria in July. No probs at all. But it depends on your hernia, mine was largely asymptomatic and was found during examination for a sports injury.
Assume at this stage you are doing century rides and long runs in training? If it is alright for that, it'll surely be alright for your race.
On a positive note, I had my surgery done privately and was able to pick the date. I was going to have 2 weeks off work. It is no coincidence that I had it done day 1 of the London Olympics.. :-)
I had laparoscopic repair, and raced 4 weeks later. Not the most sensible thing I ever did, and I think recovery wise I was a bit of an outlier, but it was ok for me. I was back on the trainer doing a bit of zone 2 after about 10 days, bit of easy running after a fortnight, back to tempo runs in the 3rd week. I don't think everyone gets back into it this quickly, I was lucky. Swimming was a bit "interesting"...!