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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What started as a bad week

This week started bad.  Maybe it was just that last week ended so badly.  I didn't get to ride on Saturday and then on Sunday I just couldn't make myself get out of the house for a run.

Sunday night I ended up getting 5 miles or so in on the treadmill but I was pretty disappointed in my performance.

Monday I rode to work but ended up leaving just a little too late to get a swim in early.  I ate at lunch instead of swim so I was pretty bummed about it.

Tuesday again, I just couldn't get myself out of bed in the morning for a run but I did grab an early swim.  It was a 5 x 400 with 30 seconds rest.  I was pretty tired by the end.

Today I rode into work and swam right away early.  I swam about 3,000 yards straight through.  Took about an hour.  I still have to ride home but there's supposed to be 20 mph winds at my back with gusts of up to 40.  As long as no car or truck gets blown over into me I should be fine.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Shin Pain....Again

On Sunday March 7 I ran 13.2 miles in just under two hours.  I was pretty psyched about it then but since then my shins have hurt quite a bit.  I've gotten on the treadmill a couple times but only for a short time.

This morning I was going to try an 8 mile run over to Mike's house but as soon as I started running I could feel a hint of pain.  I really don't want to hurt myself so I'm going to take it easy today and just stretch and massage it off an on and see if that helps.

Try and get over to the pool later.

Friday, March 12, 2010

When did I get sooooo lazy?

3 years ago while training for my first IM I used to bounce out of bed at 4:45 and I'd be out running by 5:00 am.  There were days in the begining that I ran 6 miles and then rode to work and then swam 1,000 yards.  This was all before work!

I've always felt that the secret to my training been that I could run pretty much before the day started.  Even a long run on Sunday could start at 5:00 am and I'd be home by 8:00.  Weekday rides were pretty much to and from work which only adds 1/2 hour or so to my commute time going home and I was always able to swim at lunch.  Ideally the only time I ever have to take away from family is Saturday mornings and as we get closer to the race a little of the afternoon.  I can still then show up on race day in prime condition.  I know an accountant who trains about as much as me but he never sees his family and they hate him for it.

Anyway, the point of this is that I have noticed that since November it has been increasingly more difficult to motivate myself to get out of the house in the morning.  I have a treadmill upstairs but it's tough to run on it early or late because it wakes the kids up sometimes.  This morning I did manage to get to the gym and get a great swim in.  I ran on the treadmill Wednesday night and as soon as I started my first interval I felt a lot of shin pain so I figured I'd lay off running for a week.

I've been a real bum on the bike lately.  I have no excuse for that.