Well let me give you all an update on my ‘rest’ day yesterday.
Unfortunately much of the morning was spent in the ED at Plymouth Derriford hospital having a scan on my right leg, which over the three previous days of walking had been giving me increasing pain. Every time I placed and lifted my right foot I was experiencing a sometimes-searing pain up my shin beside the tibia. I suspected what the problem was, and if I was right it would not be something I could just walk through. I had to get it checked out.
An x-ray revealed nothing, but the nurse and physio confirmed shin splints and tendonitis. Shin splints is basically a generic term for anterior lower leg pain and is an RSI that often plagues athletes. Had I pressed on it might have developed into a stress fracture.
The rub of it is that it requires a minimum of two weeks rest followed by a gradual reintroduction. I am reminded of when Tommy Cooper said “Doctor, it hurts when I do this”, and the doc replied “Well stop doing it then …”
I’ve been doing sport long enough to know that injuries can happen to anyone at any time – John Merrill himself had a stress fracture in his foot on his first round in 1978, but he managed to get to Scotland before a five week layoff. It doesn’t matter where it happened, injury was always going to be the most likely reason for delay.
Nobody is more diappointed than I am right now.
Although, in any other context, a three-week walk from Shoreham to Plymouth would be a pretty good success.
I realise this will come as a bit of a shock and maybe a disappointment. But I want to thank you all for your messages of support and your contributions to the charities so far. It has meant a huge amount to me to know there is so much goodwill out there.
Please also forgive me if there is radio silence for the next few days. I’m not going to philosophise at the moment; I just need time to process and to understand how I’m feeling. Then I can evaluate the best restart options.
Don’t go away. The project is definitely not off; it is just paused …
PS We’re home for rest, rather than staying in situ. Carolyn came down last night and we drove home today after a night in Plymouth.