Friday, July 29, 2011
Well the muscle pain was bad enough Thursday that I left work early to go to a chiropractor (different Dr from my Tuesday visit). I also scheduled an appointment with a medical doctor on Friday AM to see about how to get these bites to chill out.
Well my chiropractor takes a look at my back and tells me that there is a chance that those aren't bug bites. Those might be the result of shingles. Suddenly it all makes sense. I've never had shingles before but I know about them and all the aches and pains I've been having fit the description perfectly.
Sure enough, my doctor this morning confirmed it. I'll be picking up a prescription soon and I'm hoping that it will be fast acting (really hard to know, it could take weeks). I have the Tango race a week from Tomorrow and Timberman 70.3 in 3 weeks. Can I race with this? Probably. It's really quite painful and uncomfortable at times tho'. Not exactly what you want to deal with for your A race for 2011.
I would LOVE a back massage right now but the doc says not until the skin clears, same for swimming. (we will see about that one).
I sure didn't expect this.... Ah well. This is painful and uncomfortable but there are worse problems to have.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The NH vacation was great. Did we get to everything that we had hoped? No way, but we had a really good time.
I’m going to summarize the triathlon side of the trip.
Swimming: Started off badly, I was really wasting a ton of energy with a bad stroke. Even with the wetsuit on I was unhappy with my swim. Fortunately I was in the water enough that I eventually corrected the problem. By the end of the trip, I could have swam for miles with or without a wetsuit. I’m really hoping my form sticks around for Timberman. I’m not sure it’s going to be faster but it should be an easy start to the race. My biggest concern is my sighting. I drift left when I get tired. (I don’t think I should be tired after 1.2 miles).
Biking: We biked over 56 miles a couple of times. We were carrying over 100 oz of water with us at the start of those rides and we both became familiar with taking salt tabs. We also ate along the way, testing out what we were planning for race day.
I think I’ve determined water with salt tabs is much easier on my stomach than Gatorade. So I’m going to stick with water on race day. Also I’m going to stay with bars for the first half of the ride. I will have GU but those don’t seem to sit well initially. On both the rides, during the 2nd half, the GU was definitely the boost I needed.
I didn’t ride the Hed 3’s at all this trip. I’m really glad I didn’t for the Timberman course ride, there were some wind gusts that were really giving me trouble with my standard wheels. There are also a couple of rough sections of road. I’ll admit I’ll be nervous on race day if I decide to got with the Hed 3’s. A flat on the tubulars could really mess up my day.
I’m definitely a 90+ RPM rider now. It’s definitely made a difference. Going long is much easier and the legs are feeling much better at the finish. (ready to run). It’s unfortunate that I haven’t been spinning 90RPM since last November because I don’t think I’m going to be able to hold the HR zone I would like for 56 miles. I just haven’t had enough time spinning this speed. I didn’t track my speeds during my rides, I didn’t want to be caught up trying to push using the wrong gauge. My bike split for Timberman is going to be a surprise. (It may very well be slower than last time).
I’m really happy with my biking tho’. I haven’t been having the low back pain I have had in previous years. I’ve also put much more training time on the bike, most of it on a trainer. (sadly). The extra time has paid off and I feel that I will continue to improve. I almost wish I Timberman was in September so I’d have a bit more time to work in this 90RPM with more speed.
Running: I am still way behind on my speed workouts. It’s really unfortunate, as there is no catching up now. I’m not too upset by it tho’, because I feel like I’ve been dealing with some issues which feel like they could be an injury if I pushed it too hard.
After the 60 mile bike at the Timberman course we ran for 30 minutes. I was moving along feeling pretty good. I started to get some stitches in my lower abs, right above the belt line. Cramping is always a concern of mine. If it’s a warm day I’ll be downing many salt tabs hoping that it will help.
My run split is going to be a mystery also. Although I’m fairly confident that this is the one split that will improve over my time 2 years ago. (2:09:54)
Now that we are home, I ran last night and my legs felt horrible the last 20 minutes. I really need a massage. Driving 5-6 hours really gives me troubles it seems. I guess if I go for a massage, I’ll have to have them just work on my legs even tho’ my upper back is killing me. Why? Well I’ve got a bunch of bites on my back from either a spider or mosquitoes. They itch like crazy and they aren’t going away. I don’t think they’d want to deal with that. I know… Gross.
That’s all I’ve got time for. Time to hop on the bike trainer.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Later we were at the lake, we both put our wetsuits on but Genine added fins for Tango training. As she passed me I thought, "I'll just draft off of her", ummm... nope, I have no chance of keeping up. She is a totally different swimmer with fins. I hope the reservoir is calm on race day. I'm really curious to see just how fast she's going to go on race day.
I also read that Craig continued his bike workout through the crazy rains in WV Monday night. Sheesh! My teammates are serious! I really have to hope I manage a good orienteering split this year everyone is working so hard, it would be nice if our overall time shows all the hard work.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I think we did the friends and family thing well but in terms of Half Iron preparation, well I’d give that a C+.
We got an A for running tho’. We ran with Todd and Jerry for 60 minutes one night. Picked them up along the way of our 1:40:00 run another night. That run was probably the slowest they’ve ever run but it was what Genine and I needed to do and we were glad for the company.
Genine and I went up to do some biking along the reservoir. I don’t think we were prepared for the course. It was all climbing and descending. We didn’t mind the climbing but not knowing the roads well enough we had to take it easy on the descents. Some descents were long enough that we probably could have set new PRs on max speed.
Then came Tango training day. Initially I thought I would swim the 2.2 miles with Genine but it seemed like a better plan to do the 4.5 mile run with Todd and Jerry. This test swim for Genine was more about testing her nerves regarding swimming in the reservoir. It’s a big swim but she gets to use fins and has Michelle beside her in the kayak. (this is also the situation on race day). Once she got herself in the water she was fine and she did great. I think it’s very likely that she will post the best swim split of any of our previous years, or very close.
Todd, Jerry and I ran from the beach to the tail waters. We timed it but there was no warmup. The first mile or so was the warmup. None of us have run this course before and everyone has told us how awful it is, so we held back. Along the way I tried to give them every bit of advice I could that might help on race day. It turned out to be a pretty solid run. Once we were warmed up things started to pickup and I was running what would probably be close to my 10K race pace. Then when it got to the last mile… Well Todd opened it up and I had to give it nearly everything I had. I probably should have let up when we hit the off road section. That could have ended badly for me if I twisted an ankle or something but I wanted to be able to stop my watch when he reached the finish. The time was good and there is a good amount of free time to be taken off at the beginning of that run.
I think everyone left the weekend feeling pretty good about our Tango team. It’s going to be fun to see if we can beat our time from last year.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
She has a history of handing out finisher's medals for awhile at the end of the race.
The goal (perhaps wish is more appropriate): Get to the finish while she's still there.
It's been crazy busy between work and workouts so not much time to post.
I've become a walking injury. Rather than talking about it, I'm just doing what I can and that's that. I'm taking it all in and hoping to improve the plan moving forward.