My workout on Saturday was cut short because of the severe pain and pressure in my left ear and on the left side of my face. After much deliberation, (translated - my wife insisting) I went to the Dr.'s later that morning. They told me I had a bad ear infection. They gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way. Later that day I had funk pouring out of my ear. I was worried that in order for stuff to be coming out of my ear, I must have ruptured my ear drum. I went back to the Dr.'s and they told me I needed to make an appointment with an Ear Specialist because...I had ruptured my ear drum. Ear problems was not one of the things that I thought would keep me from training. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back in the pool. And believe me, I need to be in the pool!
I'm sure most athletes face these types of setbacks. They're just frustrating. The time away from the pool will definitely hurt me. If nothing else, it helped me recover from my riding and running. I'll know more by tomorrow. I'm assuming it will be at least two weeks. That won't be so bad. The mental aspect of being limited in what you can do is sometimes tougher than the physical aspects. I'll report back tomorrow.