Saturday, November 24, 2012

Off Season Rambling

My last race was the Chicago Marathon, wayyyy back in early October. Thought I'd just drop a few lines as to what I've been up to for the past 6 weeks or so.

I was ready for the race season to be done. I wasn't necessarily feeling beat up or mentally crispy - just happy with how the whole year had gone. Felt like I had a great season with really strong results. Definitely felt like I was ready for some rebuilding and a well deserved break. It can mentally wear on you a bit to operate in that constant state of fatigue that hard training requires.

I also had developed this niggle in my right foot about 3 weeks prior to Chicago. With a bit of conservation, I held it together - but it was also time to really get a handle on it. Those kinds of things are generally a warning sign that the body needs some rest and rehab.

So what have I been up to for the past few weeks? Well, for the most part - just taking it easy on a number of fronts. No real structure to my training right now. Just playing around with some different workouts in each sport (swim, bike & run) to get a feel for what might work for those 'go-to' workouts.

Scaled back the running, and still was struggling a bit with the foot. Self-diagnosed a little plantar fasciitis towards the heel coupled with a slight strain of my achilles (insertion). Feel like now with some taping and backing off on the running, things are starting to heal. btw - the KT Tape is pretty rockin' stuff and there are a ton of great videos out there on how to tape for just about any injury.

Also doing a lot of training in the swim and bike. Did this great swim workout today. 3000yds total, mostly skills work with the Finis snorkel and fulcrums. Also a 5x200 set of just swimming at pace. Lots of kicking. Trying to really work the technical weakness in the pool.

Then did a 32mi road bike ride with 4x7min at threshold (w/5mins in between). Felt really good to put in such a solid day. Feeling good and tired right now - and also like I've made up for the Thanksgiving feasting :-)

Did a REALLY great ride earlier in the week. Rode over to Lookout Mt. and up and over. Then across through this road I've never been on (a bit grungy and unpaved in spots), and down Hwy 74 back to Bear Creek park and home. 36mi and over 2500ft of climbing.

Also raced a 5K 'turkey trot' put on by Paige's team. That was 2 days after flying back from my 2 week India / China trip - so I wasn't sure what was in the tank. Ended up taking first with 21:10 - not my best work time-wise, but respectable. I wasn't planning on 'racing', but one of Paige's team-mates had gone off the front and I guess that even with age, I'm still like a dog chasing cars. At some point that's going to fade away, so I better enjoy it while I can :-)

Hmmm... yeah, writing this all down, sounds like a lot of training - but the vacation part is really not feeling like I 'have' to do a workout if I don't feel like it. The truth is that I *love* to be out there doing these things - it's more the structure of training that I need the break from.

So other than all that - I'm really just spending lots of time with my family and friends. Not worrying as much about sticking to the strict diet. Sleeping in when I can't motivate to get up at 4:45AM and head to the pool for masters. It's freakin' sweet!

That's about it. Sorry if this post is a bit meaningless and rambling. Just wanted to make a journal entry to myself if nothing else - to remember this time when I'm the middle of training next year. Something to look forward to.

I promise the next post will be more interesting :-)

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