Holly's Tri mis-adventures
I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Odd shaped knee and a project finished

twiggyby twiggyJan 25th 2013
For some time now I have been suffering with lower back pain and ITB friction syndrome, both in my right side. Despite seeing a physio for several months and feeling like it was getting better, its got so bad recently that I struggle to sit for any length of time and can no longer run more than around 800m.

This is no good for me at all, so I've gone to see a consultant to get his opinion and have been MRI'd and X-rayed. Today I got the results of the investigation. To be honest i have been dreading going to see the consultant to be told that my knee and back are completely normal and my issues are entirely down to being weak and feeble. So I was almost pleased when he told me that there were some underlying issues!

First the back - I have a bulging disc. Not a massive problem as it is not touching the nerve, but certainly enough to cause me discomfort. Hopefully it should pop back in with more core strength work.

The Knee - I have a shallow trochlear groove and high knee cap. These two things are causing the issues with my ITB, and theres not too much I can do about it. Stretching and strengthening is helpful but unlikely to fix it 100%. In order to reduce my knee pain Ive had a steroid injection (not very nice) which also leaves me unable to run for 2 weeks. If I havent managed to sort it out in 6 months time then it may be a case of going under the knife to put my knee cap back where it should be. Lets hope it doesnt have to come to that!

So - training is very much on hold. Other than several planks a day amongst other core work :(

In better news I have finally completed a project that has been going on in my spare time for a couple of months now. I decided that having been around for nearly 2 years it was time the Triathlon Shop website got a spruce up. Being a design graduate and fairly comfortable with computers it falls to me to redesign and build the website, which takes a long time when you also have a full time job to do. I'm proud of the results so far (although still a little more work to do!). Any comments on improvements are welcome as I am not a web designer, I'm an accountant! You've got to be resourceful when you own a small business.

Next project - produce posters for the inaugural 'The Triathlon Expo' in Bristol in March. Watch this space!
  1. www.thetriathlonshop.co.uk
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Jan 28th 2013 12:22
Hi Twiggy, glad to hear that you now have some answers to your painful back and knee. It's always better to know what the problem is so that you can at least start to do something about it. A strong core is important in all sports and so it's good that you'll be able to focus on that for the time being. Hope it all goes well!

P.S. the new website looks great!
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