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I'm hurt and the strange addiction

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I'm hurt and this is a new one for me. May have pulled a muscle called the quadratus lumborum, which hooks onto the top of the top of the hipbone.  Could also be the tip of my IT band - I'm headed to the doctor Wednesday to find out more.  This injury nagged me the past month or so, but letting it hang out at the 4 Mile Challenge on Saturday did me in.

I am having big time pains on my left side whenever I walk or run, enough to make me turn back 13 minutes into today's jog.  Doesn't hurt when I cycle, so I rolled out the commuter bike and did an hour of hard climbs and descents on roads around the campus area.

On another note, I viewed a weird show entitled "My Strange Addiction" on The Learning Channel.  This documentary combined an individual who ate chalk, a girl who incessantly tans her body, a shopaholic, and an ultrarunner.  The ultra guy was Troy, coming off an 18 year marriage, throwing himself into ultrarunning, and prepping for the Javalena 100 mile.  Troy has a new young girlfriend who complains about his training; then a psychiatrist is featured who talks about Troy's compulsive behavior (  Then we cut to the race. Troy struggles, tears up his feet, finishes in 26 hours and change, then cries afterwards.  I watched and pondered, "So what's the issue?  Everything looks pretty normal to me."

Troy mentions that he'll be going after other 100 milers in the future.  Girlfriend punches him in arm and gives a look of disgust.  TLC show runs a small graphic stating Troy and girlfriend are no longer together.

Heard an Ironman triathlete state "if you have to ask why, you'll never know."

That's good enough for me.  Seems that those who can't make the leap in mind and body find it easier to dismiss us than to understand.  But that's how this endurance sport life is meant to be.  It's not for everyone.  But if you don't plan to race, please step aside so I can keep ascending.


  1. I'll never understand, Tom. But my hat is off to you. Run the race with perseverance. Sorry to hear about the injury. Hope you recover soon.


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