The first phone calls/texts that I made were to my Physical Therapist, Dr. Eric Oliver and my chiropractor, Dr. TJ Lonergan. I made it into Eric’s that afternoon where he did an assessment and said that we would have to wait for the acute trauma to wear off before we could fully know the damage with out imaging. I also had him watch me run to make sure I wasn’t compensating too much since I literally couldn’t move my right shoulder at all without shooting pain. We did a few adjustments so I wouldn’t cause more problems as I tried to recover. The next day I went to my chiropractor and he did a few gentle adjustments and we did cold laser therapy.
The following week I made sure to get into my chiropractor and/or PT everyday. Each time I went in I would have more and more range of motion. I only had 2 weeks with my treatment team in Cincinnati before I left for New Zealand so I wanted to take full advantage of every day. I also did plenty of daily or hourly recovery myself (with the direction of my PT and Chiropractor) with passive range of motion, active range of motion, massage, heat, and Epsom salt baths.
When I left for New Zealand 1.5 weeks before the race, I had only been in the pool a couple times to do kicking drills. I had to have help with my luggage in the airport and on the airplane.
Race morning came and I still had pain in my shoulder but my swimming was progressing and I was hoping my wetsuit would help support my shoulder in the swim as well. I warmed up briefly (5 minutes) since the water was pretty cold and I had little endurance strength in my shoulder.
4 For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.
5 Remember this, which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to follow.