The 2023 Kinetic Multisports season appears to be off to a terrific start, with most races almost full. The feedback Landau has received from friends who have been participating, is that the events are well-run and a solid value for the money. Doug would like to be at the starting line of these races, but is still recovering from injuries. Landau had stopped running in mid-December due to heel pain, anticipating resting it to recover during the “off-season.” However, he also fell during winter vacation, breaking his right hand, re-injuring his fractured collarbone and dislocated shoulder.
Landau just underwent his third PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection by experienced surgeon Tom Fleeter at Town Center Orthopedics. Dr. Fleeter is a skilled bike rider and swimmer, who has been a volunteer and sponsor of the Reston Triathlons for many years. For the first two PRP injections, Landau used crutches to stay off his foot, and let the treatment work. A part of the protocol, he stayed off: caffeine, aspirin, NSAIDS, alcohol , artificial sweeteners, and made sure to take his multivitamins, mineral supplements and “shark pills” (Glucosamine and Chondroitin) to support healing tendons, ligaments and other “connective tissues.” The PRP procedure involves taking blood out of the body, spinning it in a centrifuge, taking out the “sticky” platelets, and re-injecting them in the area of injury. The anticipated response includes helping tissues reattach, since true regeneration is not possible for ligaments, muscles, and bones. As the injection is of your own blood byproducts, there’s very little risk of complication or tissue rejection. And, as Landau is temporarily ineligible for his regular INOVA Red Cross blood donations (because of his several visits to the Dominican Republic this winter), he’s got plenty of extra red blood cells for Dr. Fleeter to use!
Landau is hoping that he will be healed by July in order to participate in the last few races of the triathlon season. Because he will not have enough events under his belt, he will be ineligible for the overall Kinetic Multisport Series Championship, which he won for his age group in 2022, and several times previously. His goal in 2023 is to participate and get back his fitness. Landau has canceled all racing, including five National Championship events and a World Championship this spring, in order to focus on his: legal practice, family and recovery from tearing the plantar fascia off of his calcaneus (heel bone). Ever the optimist, he has not yet withdrawn from the ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships in September.