Oh… the Suspense!

I’ll admit, I thought I had this 200 000m thing in the bag.  I had less than 8 000m left, 4 more days of work and unlimited mountain time. In theory I could finish it with 3 big days …

Last Friday I went for a fun scramble with some friends up a couple of front range peaks, Doorjam and Loder.  It was -28C (before windchill) so frostbite was a very real possibility. I dressed well and felt nice and toasty all morning.  Unfortunately I neglected to windproof my feet and there was a little bit of a breeze on the summits.  The wind seemed to cut right through my shoes and socks, but I didn’t think too much of it.  I complained a little to my friends about my cold feet (or more specifically big toe) and then put it to the back of my mind.

36hrs later my toe blistered and I learned that my cold toe actually had frostbite.  People keep commenting to me about how painful frostbite is – but the truth is that it is now a week later, my toe is still numb, and I have very little pain.  I’m not sure what that means.

On Monday I got my doctor to check out my toe and to inform me about which activities were/weren’t safe.  She told me my toe was infected (very common with frostbite) and I needed to go on antibiotics.  She also told me I should stay away from running until the frostbite blister shriveled up.  She thought that would likely take me until Christmas.  I didn’t mention my 200k goal …

So here I am, without a single metre of elevation gain so far this week.  My goal has moved from very attainable to barely within reach.  Thankfully the blister has shrivelled up and the skin has hardened, I ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill today and nothing felt gimpy. I think I’m ready to get outside again.









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