Didn't start the race on Sunday - racked bike and dropped bags off on the Saturday, then got a phone call from my sister Saturday afternoon. My brother-in-law was rushed into hospital - I spent from then until Monday afternoon looking after their children. He's had several tests for testicular cancer and gets the results later on this week.
Congratulations to all pirates who raced, some fantastic times there.
Thanks for all your words of support and encouragement in the build up to the event, I was determined not "to be shit" - I'll be off the forums for a while till everything ok with the family, but hope to still compete in Barcelona in October.
The specialist I saw was Mr Michael Hennessy, he's a specialist in foot and ankle injuries and is based at Spire Murrayfield hospital on the Wirral. I've had nothing but excellent service from there - I've got myself medically insured now!
I've had a cortisone injection on a bursar in my ankle, and as painful as it was, it worked fine. However, I did go private for that, bypassed my doctor, it cost me about £300 - consultant fee plus injection - but worth it. The specialist I saw was sympathetic to sports injuries and you can see him without a doctors note - I've had 4 lots of surgery with him.
It just cheeses me off that we pay for the NHS privilege but, in some cases, they treat sports injuries as self-inflicted, yet smokers and overweight people they'll help as they think it will save them money in the long-term.