Monday, July 5, 2010

The Importance of Recovery

Because I sure feel what happens without it. This last month has been extremely taxing. Thank God everything is positive. Life stress, traveling, work stress, lack of sleep, and no stop in training has taken its toll. A personal, physical toll. Since this is a training diary I am going to get into what has happened this last 2 weeks as far as training. The running part of Ragnar is the easy part. It took a lot out of me. I was exhausted for the next week following that wonderful experience.

Tuesday-Swim easy 800 m. No data.
Wednesday-Hill repeats on the bike. Stopped short secondary to my wife getting hit by a car. She was fine and it was a slow so no biggy. Just shook up.
Thursday-Travel to KC
Friday-3 mile run in hot/sticky KC. I sweat like I ran 10 miles.
Sunday-6 mile run in hot and STICKY KC. Did I mention the humidity? I dont know how you folks train in that. I will take 100 plus any day.

Out late and up early. My body starts to tell me to rest. My knee hurts, my back hurts, and my R foot is killing me.

Tuesday-4 mile run. Killed my foot.
Wednesday-Long swim. I lost the data but 2000 m in 52:23. Very slow and I didnt want to be there. Lifted legs.
Thursday-Went out to the lake and thought may be I would get a swim/bike brick in. But when entering the water my wife got something stuck in her foot. Glass or a shell or something. Went and had it removed. Picking, digging, scalpel, and tweezers. She is OK and is stressing about her string of bad luck. No fever, no complications. Push training.
Friday-Rest for big weekend, ended up staying up too late.
Saturday-Woke up and was trashed. My legs were very very sore from lifting legs on WED. Really? What is wrong with me. Decided to move things around. Modified the schedule to include intervals in the water. 1000 m of 4 lap wu, 3 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off, 3 on, and 3 cd. The on laps were 3:21, 3:26, and 3:38. I can feel the speed coming back. I feel very strong in the water.
Sunday-Long ride. We were shooting for 50 miles. We ended up with 30. My wife was not feeling the wind. Long easy 30 mile ride out to Jean.
Monday-Bike/run Brick. 15 mile bike and 6 mile run. Got it in. Not fast or anything.

Whew up to speed. I was not going to bed early enough. I am not doing enough leg strengthening. Its good my eating has been good and my weight has stayed the same. I have a couple of blog posts in mind and they will come soon. Also, my blog will be getting spruced up when I get my iPhone 4. More pics and some videos to come. Quote:

“Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero


KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

those kinds of weeks make us stronger in the long run! glad your wife is ok too, after the car and foot incident. Keep plugging away!

Colleen said...

Sounds like your weeks have been busy. Good to see that you are able to adjust to life! :)