|Crossing Austria as part of my 2012 Via Alpina hike|
|Crossing a river on the Old Telegraph Track in Far North|
Queensland during my ride between the southernmost and
northernmost tips of the Australian mainland in 2006
My intention had been to dedicate myself to running the best marathon I possibly could in the period up until mid-2014, but I'm worried that my right Achilles tendon injury might be a show-stopper. My favourite medico, Dr Jon, is away for a few weeks, but when he gets back, I intend to find out whether surgery is needed. My expectation is that I have a calcification on the heel which is inflaming the tendon and will need to be removed. An MRI will tell the tale. If surgery is required, then it will almost certainly involve a lengthy rehabilitation period and the shelving of any short-to-medium term running ambitions. It may be the right time to embark on another hiking expedition, once ankle function has been regained, and I'll be looking at the Pacific Crest Trail in the United States and the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand (see Downtime post) as primary candidates.
For the time being, however, I'll soldier on as best I can, hoping that something turns up, and continue the blog.