Sunday, February 22, 2009

Day 13 - :(

Things are not going so well.
I'm blue...not bright sunny blue, more like ugly gray blue.
I had ART done again on Friday evening. The last two mornings I woke up without leg pain, but after walking for a few hours it returned. I'm not sure if the ART is working. Something is very wrong. I've had nightmares for the last few nights. The first night I didn't sleep in my house so I thought that being out of my element had something to do with it, but alas it happened again last night, in my own cozy bed during my coma induced sleep (sleep aids). Each dream revolved around running or walking. I would attempt to run or I would get up from sitting down and I would cripple down on my leg, this happened over and over and over again. It was like I was reliving the fall from my 14 miler. I don't usually dream and can't help but think this is a VERY bad sign. I'm now 2 weeks out of running or cycling. I can feel my fitness going to shit. I keep trying to see the positive but day after day with no real progression is not helping things. My clouds are not clearing and I'm scared I'm in one hell of a storm. I've got Wildflower Half Iron at the beginning of May and will be lucky if I can get my mileage to where it needs to be to "race" that half.

I got some feedback on my swimming Friday night. Apparently I don't push myself enough in the water. I kind of already knew this yet it was something I was not so thrilled hearing. I "enjoy" swimming. I enjoy taking my time at the beginning of the race and "warming up" with the swim, which means my swim is frickening SLOW. So I'm going to take the feedback and get the hell out of my comfort zone and push my intervals. Previously I would do 100's at 2:00, usually 1:42:45 with a 15-17 sec rests, 200 fast/easy intervals would come in at 3:20-3:30s. This is really comfort swimming with the occasion "push". I'm now going to focus on 100's at 1:45 - 1:27-1:35 swim with 15ish sec recoveries and 200s at 3:05-3:10 20-25 sec rest.

Morning swim

500 warm up

1 x 300 paddles ; 10 sec rest
2 x 25 skully; 10
2 x 50 - one arm catch up glide; 10
1 x 50 - exaggerated out arm pulls; 10
repeat 1 x

Main set
10 x 100's - 1:45s
First 5 I hit 1:28-1:31 at the end of the 5 I took a full 60 sec recovery
The last 5 100's were slower 1:30-1:33, not much slower but still decreased speed none the less. MY HR reached 183 during my intervals. I can happily say that I "pushed" myself today.

200 cool down

Total yardage = 2700


Ottem16 said...

Sorry to here things still aren't getting better with your leg. I love getting feedback about what I should be doing in the pool. Good luck and hopefully you will be running and cycling soon!

Robin said...

Hooray for pushing yourself in the pool. Maybe your silver lining with this leg injury will be a rockin' swim time when it all comes back together. May you heal fast and your blue skies be a brighter shade ahead.

Coachhrd said...

If it makes you feel any better, I've had to listen to a lot of "feedback" in the water from my Tri coach -- but it's helping. I dropped several seconds off my 500 in the last three weeks. Hang in there.

Chad said...

I haven't posted in a while, but I wanted to say hi. Sorry to hear about your injury.