Bad news today. My dad broke his ankle this morning and needs surgery. So for those of you who haven't met my dad he is the person that initially got me into triathlons. He did a couple when I was younger and I always thought it was just so dang cool. So then when I got into them this year he decided to give them another go. He trained all summer and then came down for the Cleveland triathlon. It was so much fun to do a race with him! He did awesome, too and got 2nd in his age group. Here is a pic of the two of us after the awards ceremony:
So since then his training has been awesome. He got up to 30 miles biking and 5 miles running and was planning to do an olympic distance at the end of the year. We are also signed up for the Las Vegas half marathon... then disaster struck:
His name is Murphy.
Murphy is one year old now and likes to chase things. So this morning when my dad and Murphy were tearing ass down the road on their run/walk Murphy saw a squirrel. My dad's body was able to twist with Murphy, but not his ankle.
So being the stoic/painless guy he is, my Dad grabbed his foot (which was facing the wrong way) and popped it back into place. He then walked home and told my mom what happened. "let's just wait and see how it feels tonight" he said. "no" was my mom's response "we are going to the emergency room right now to get X-rays". So off they went.
The X-rays showed a spiral fracture of his fibula and possible hairline of his tibia. So they casted it and he went to work (he is totally nuts).
He gets a call later and the doctor wants to see him. More bad news- although he did a surprisingly good job realigning his bones on the fly, they need to do surgery because the tib/fib isn't quite where it is supposed to be. But by now since he went to work the leg is too swollen to operate. So my poor dad is laying with his foot in the air on ice trying to get the swelling down so they can do the surgery on Tuesday.
He is totally bummed out by the news. Me too. I was so proud of him and it was so cool to be able to talk to him about my training and he knew exactly what I was talking about. I have no doubts he will be right back into it next year. I'm sure watching Ironman in June will get him pumped back up!
In other news:
Kind of a rest day for me. I am doing my very first computrainer workout tomorrow with Brooks and he told me to make sure I had fresh legs for the diagnostics. Lets see how high I can get that heart rate! So I just biked to work and back (10 miles) and then took my dog to the park and we did a short 2 mile hike. She loved it! And came home smelling like wet dog. Her favorite smell :)