Anton Krupicka Looks Ahead - Page 2
“It was definitely an overuse injury. Getting ready for Rocky, I was increasing intensity without lowering volume,” he says. “But there were also some issues with my biomechanics. … Like many runners, I tend to have weak abductors and really tight adductors. These things contribute to my form breaking down and pronating excessively, especially as I fatigue on a longer run.”
He continues, “After a while, though, there was just a cycle of weakness and injury that was tough to break.”
Later that spring, Krupicka suffered a well-publicized (and more debilitating) injury when he tripped during a run, hyperextended his knee and fractured his fibula in the same leg. While he was not excited by the prospect of being immobilized with a broken leg, he figured it would at least force him to rest his ailing shin. But to his surprise—and chagrin—the time off did little for his tendonitis.
“When I began running again in early September, within five days or so, the shin flared right back up,” he says. “Being on crutches resulted in atrophy and weakness in that whole leg, even though I worked on those things with physical therapy.”
Dealing with time away
Krupicka’s health issues have, of course, affected his ability to race. “I've missed so many races that I would've liked to have been a part of—Western States 2011, UTMB 2011, San Francisco TNF 50 2011, Transvulcania, Zegama, etc.,” he says.
Krupicka says this is by far the longest he has ever dealt with a single injury. Not surprisingly, it has not come easily for the man who typically devotes hours each day to running in the mountains.
“I don't deal with it very well,” he says. “The injury has added a level of stress that has affected all areas of my life, and it has required me to look at myself and my make-up and how I make myself happy and find meaning.”
In the end, the introspection, says Krupicka, has been a good thing.