You know how in AA meetings people get up and say something like "Hi, my name is Frank and I'm an alcoholic". Well, I assume that this is how it is real life because I'm basing my assumption on what I see on TV. In any case, I think they do this because they label themselves that way so that they know that they will be living with it all their lives and they need to always be vigilant to avoid "falling off the wagon". Well, my name is Enrique and I'm a TMSer. I know I have tendencies toward chronic pains caused by emotional repression. I've had it all my life. I can recall having migraines as a young boy and my first bout with back pain was when I was only a sophomore in high school. So yeah... I'm a TMSer. So now that I've been aware of this for 5 years, you would think that I'd be over the pain generating thought patterns, right? But no. I still get pains. I've just gotten pretty good at thinking psychological rather than thinking physical. I'm not very consistent with my emotional journaling and my "thinking clean" so pains pop up every once in a while reminding me to address some repressed emotion or internal stress that's being generated. Usually, I start journaling and thinking about what might be bothering me emotionally and the pain resolves soon enough. In early March however, I woke up one Saturday and felt some pain in my achilles tendon. I felt it the moment I got up out of bed. Now the day before, I had just done a very hard bike workout and a very, very tough run later in the day. I'm a part-time triathlete and since January 1, I've been hitting the bike and run workouts 5 days a week, consistently. So that's 9 weeks of very hard training. In fact, week #9 was especially hard because I increased the intensity (called VO2 workouts) to increase my speed on both bike and run. I'd been doing the "advanced" level of the workouts, too. There are 3 levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Of course, being the overachiever that I am, I chose the advanced, even though this was my first time using these specific plans. Anyway, at first, I got up and thought.... oh this is just another TMS attack. Just treat it like that and it will go away. But day after day, after day after day.... it didn't settle down. An acquaintance of mine who was also doing the same workout plans, reported in with achilles tendinitis and was out for a few weeks already. Hmm... my mind starting thinking.... maybe this isn't TMS. Maybe it's an overuse injury. Maybe.... maybe.... I started thinking of the reasons that it could be an overuse injury. I was doing the Advanced plan. Week 9 jumped in intensity.... much harder than weeks 1 through 8. Yes.... perhaps this is a real injury for once. So I started doing the R.I.C.E technique. You know rest, ice, compression, elevation. And I started taking ibuprofen. I also stopped running for 2 weeks. I kept doing the bike workouts though. And after after two weeks, what was my situation? The pain was still there. I was starting to really worry about jeopardizing all that training that I'd done since Jan 1. I started worrying about my season plan. I'm training for a Half Ironman in August. My friend, the guy with achilles tendonitis is still out (12 weeks now) and is pretty depressed about his season falling apart. Is that what I'm destined for? That's where I was a few weeks ago. I'll come back and post what I did to get over that and be able to successfully complete a Half Marathon this past Saturday. I posted a decent time, too. Not my best performance but still finished 19 out of 103 guys in my age group (AG).