Sunday, March 7, 2010

Recovery is boring....

As I review this week (sorry for no mid-week post, I have been thinking of a review topic, more on that later) I am reminded at how much I didn't do this week. I just felt distracted. I cannot wait to get back into triathlon. I realize now that I am more of a triathlete than just runner. I am enjoying my running but on my bike ride today I realized I love the bike. I had a swim this week too and it was a lot of fun too. Unfortunately I cannot say anything about puking but big ups to tridiesel anyway. Here is how my week went:

Monday-30 min swim. went very well. I also bought a used tribike. K2 Red Zone. It has Vision aero bars, carbon forks and seat post, and Shimano 105 components all around. I got it for A LOT cheaper than it retails or any other used price I saw. I will get some pictures posted soon. It was a scary ride today. I have some core strength to work on, as well as, some balance. I was a shaky ride. It was shaky and fast. I will take some getting used to but I am excited.
Tuesday-Softball only
Wednesday-6 mile run that turned into a 3 mile run.
Thursday-Strength training only
Saturday-Softball tournament 4 games.
Sunday-10 mile run that felt very strong. I ran hills that I normally struggle on. Felt good. I also went for a leisurely 12 mile bike ride with my sister and brother-in-law. It was the first bike ride on their new bikes. So fun to teach them to shift and safety. Joni is going to do Irongirl with my wife and Andi. We are excited for them. Fun day today.

2 weeks to race day. I am already looking forward to training for Ironman. I am very confident in my ability to do this full marathon. I am not looking past it either though. It is quite a feat and the festivities surrounding the LA Marathon will be very memorable. I cant wait.

I am thinking of writing a post somehow touching on the subject of symptom maintenance. In my practice, I do not build the athlete/patient up to need me. I think the athlete/patient should be given the tools to keep themselves pain free and functional without any gimmicks. I also do not want to fire anybody up. I do not want to fire up other professionals or people who require "that thing." I just want to raise awareness about how sound biomechanical training helps people perform better and have no symptoms Any thoughts? Run easy, recover, sprinkle in swim and bike, and enjoy the ride.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward

My life's goal is to inspire. To show someone that a little bit more is possible. i am proud to do that for my patient population. I am very proud to help these newbies out, as well. And diesel if you get that mentoring program up, I will help any way I can.


Xavi Garcia said...

Excellent quote about teaching!

Cheers from Hong Kong,

"XTB" Xavi.

Coach KBeans said...

Great post. And really, what a great recovery week. Sometimes we need to let ourselves just take it easier.

You should really read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Good read. Like get your highlighter out good.

I'm the opposite - I've gotten sooo wrapped up in running that I've neglected my bike and swimming. I feel really unsafe out here in Vegas riding. Any good spot recommendations? And swimming... well honestly I just need a new bathing suit - my old one is way too big now! Good stuff right? haha

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Yes recovery weeks are boring, but come next week your body and mind will love you as you get ready for a killer week

BTW, what did you decide on with that TT bike?

Anonymous said...

I feel opposite of you- I started out hating running, but within the last two years I feel more defined by my running, than triathlon. I still have tri goals, lofty ones at that, but I don't see myself doing this long term. Running however, is forever.

Karl Stutelberg said...

Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.
Neil Armstrong

Not being pessimistic, just make sure you stick to the plan and respect the distance.

Chuck said...

The crowd support while running through the streets of Los Angeles will be wonderful. Enjoy every minute of it. There will never be another first marathon!

Christy said...

You and my husband think the same thing...give the patient the tools to know how to help themselves.

I'd love to read a post about symptom maintenance. For instance, what do I do about this nagging piriformis syndrome?

By the way, my husband is interning at Summerlin Hospital. Is that anywhere near you? I know Las Vegas is a big city...