I talked with a friend of mine (an orthopedic surgeon) and he said the type of muscular injury I have takes at least 6 weeks. Basically, at 6 weeks I should be able to do some training but it will take a little more time to regain the strength that I will need to resume "normal" or higher intensity training.
The crash was 4 weeks ago so I need another 2 weeks of rest according to the numbers. On one hand, I am really frustrated and angry but, on the other hand, I am glad to hear the reality of the situation. Quite honestly, I was a bit tired of getting my hopes up to only fall back to the usual knee pain. I am glad I have a good idea of what to expect and I can try to make plans for the future. As it stands now I will be doing 2 races this year, nationals and world's. Pretty hard to swallow but it is what it is. There is just no way I can be ready for Vermont and Colorado if I have to take another 2 weeks off (aside from swimming and the elliptical). No running and a minimal amount of easy spinning on the trainer for 6 weeks is going to set me back big time. Plus, I may be able to train in two weeks but I won't be training hard or a ton right away b/c that will only lead to another injury.
So, that's the news from here. One minute everything seems attainable and the next your just fighting to stay positive and appreciative. Perhaps that is what I love about triathlon...it always keeps you honest.
Jess and I went for a cool hike yesterday out near Julian...probably stupid with my knee but we just had to get away from the crowds for a bit. It was a great day with some good weather.