Congratulations - Way To Go Bro!
A couple of years ago my brother got Sever’s Disease, don’t worry it’s not catching, it sounds pretty frightening and it can be painful, but it is a really common heel problem that can occur when you are a kid. It doesn’t have any long-term effects and is temporary. It is also known as Calcaneal Apophysitis, which is a painful bone disorder that results from inflammation in the growth plate in your heels so the doctors said.
We used to worry that my little brother was small for is age and wasn’t growing but when he had a growth spurt he also developed this Server’s Disease.
At the time he was just starting to do Aquathlons, like me he had only ever swam for a club so wanted to learning to run. Well we called it running at the time but it was this crazy weird fast walk type thing he did because of the tendons at the back of his foot were pulling at his heel bone and caused him to be in pain, it even hurt him when he walked. The doctor said it was because of the tendon been really tight and his bones were growing faster than his muscle.
There was nothing he could do to stop it apparently it common cause of heel pain in growing kids and especially for those who do any sports but he wouldn’t give up, he followed the doctors advice like rest after activity, ice and elevate all the usual things, physiotherapist each week for treatment. So when we went to track I would do my run session and my brother would do his own thing. If he wasn't wheezing from his Asthma he would be waddling round the track. He persevered and his running kept improving bit by bit. He took up cycling and wanted to try triathlons, didn't like the bike at events because the children's events were usually on grass.
Started doing triathlons last year, if 32 kids were in the event Gabriel would come 32nd. He didn’t care every race was just extra experience for him and he would say at the end of it - 'I’ll just keep trying'.
1st Place in the Mixed Age Group Novice Duathlon
The real mistake is to stop trying.”