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Alterative training continues (delayed and short)

Alterative training continues

Well my back of the pack running career is still on hold. My swimming and riding is on the forefront. I have been riding a few days a week and I have been having fun last week I did a night ride. Got the lights out charged them up and rolled. I can’t tell you the last time I had that much fun on a bike. It really made me feel like a kid again. Saturday I went out for a ride plan was 30 miles but I cut it short at 25, the heat climbed quickly and I was ill prepared. The ride started around 8:30 and the temp was 81* I did not eat a pre ride meal I just grabbed 2 water bottles and went. As I got to mile 18-19 I was really feeling as if I had nothing left in the tank the humidity was high and I had been keeping a pace of 16.5 mph. I stopped at a store and got a Gatorade and continued my way home. By time I got home the temp was 91* and very humid. I was bummed that I chopped 5 miles off but I’ll make those up down the road.

Swimming has been going well although sometimes I feel that I am not seeing any improvement. I feel like my times are always  within 1-2 mins and I cannot tell if my endurance is going up or not. This is becoming frustrating to me I am like anyone else I want to see results.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Biking, Swimming

 

Still riding the pine pony

Well my name is still on the list what list the IR list, and I am not too happy about this time is ticking away and I am on the side lines. PT has been going well and I am learning that I need to do a ton of muscle development. I will find out if I can run again on July 11th which I feel is a like time away. In the mean time I have continued to bike and swim. The last for days have been full of back to backs. Thursday and Friday I swam 1000m and Saturday and Sunday I rode almost 20 miles each day.

 The break down

 Thursday’s swim was good for the first time I linked 20 laps together and finished the 1000 in 25:25 which is right in the time window I have been in. I have also been trying to work on my form a little bit to become more efficient which will lead to faster times and longer distances my goal is to be able to swim 1 mile= 64 lap.

 Friday’s swim now this one was much harder this is the first time I have swam back to back in a long time if ever. I could really feel the fatigue in my arms. This was a very self fulfilling swim for many reasons. 1) I swam 12 laps in a row freestyle. 2) I met a fellow swimmer and a he paid me several  complements. 3) It was a back to back swim I was tired and I got through it and it felt good. 4) I finished in 25:16 faster  than the day before.

 Saturday’s bike ride, I set my alarm for 6 am and when it went off I decided that there was no way I was getting up. So I woke around 8 and was on the road by 8:30. I had some excite meant and defeat in the first 2 miles. I was cruise along I turn off my street on to lake shore and I could see 2 roadie on the street behind me. About a half a mile later they passed me so I step on the gas figuring I would hook up with them and let them pull me.  Well they were going faster than I though  and I went from 17mph to 23mph and could not get them. The rest of the ride was good. After 14 miles I met up with John who was running 9 miles for his weekend long run. Once I found him I stayed with him for the rest of my ride and his run 5 miles.

 Sunday’s ride was later in the day I think I went out around 7pm it was hotter than I thought and the humidity was nasty I felt like I was chewing on the air. My intentions were to 20 or more miles. I got 10 miles through my ride and was feeling sick I really thought I was going to lose my cookies  but I held it together by slowing down and getting in to a breathing pattern. By time I got home I was feeling better.

 Sunday I also tried yoga for the first time. Wow that shit hard I only made to through 10 mins of a 20 min video. This is something I am going to try to keep doing. Yoga interest me now more than ever just because the things they were doing right now my body does not do and the lady on the video made it look so easy. As I progress in this I will try to explain if I am noticing a change.

 This week is forecasted to be a hot one with temps in the mid 90, and the 4th of July is Wednesday.  So I am not real sure what my work out schedule will look like. But I do have to say there is a level of relief and ease that I am not on a actual training plan. Every time I got out to ride my bike or swim I am doing it cause I want to not cause I have to which makes it that much more enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Biking, Life, Running, Swimming

 

Physical therapy

So I started PT on Monday in a effort to get me back on the road and running. The clock is ticking on my marathon training I should be in my second week of training and I have not ran in 8 days. My dreams of running the Detroit  marathon this year are slowly fading. But Betsy my PT tells me I should be running again soon as long as I follow her instructions. In the interim I have gotten back in the pool and I have been swimming every other day and enjoying it. Also my bike has been getting more attention. My goal is to get my hip fixed and still be able to train I will find another marathon to run. I think I will prepare for Detroit as if it I am running the half. And run the half rather than the full being that you cannot switch races and I have already paid for the full looks like I will be taking take a DNF at the full.

I am just starting to come to terms with this so I am currently in search of a new goal. I am think a epic bike ride could be it not sure. There also a 50k that I have been wanting to attempt. I feel like so much of the last 18 months has been spent focused on running goals I am not real sure what to do.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Running, Swimming