Trouble In Paradise

Weekly Training Totals:

Swim: 2 hr 35 min (8,400 yds)
Bike: 7 hrs 43 min
Run: 0 hrs 10 min
Strength: 0 hr 58 min

Total: 11 hrs 26 min

You know things are headed in a strange direction when you start stumbling upon cars like this...

It doesn’t take much investigation into the numbers above to see where the trouble started this week.  It was a week where I integrated recovery from the Bassman Half with a slow build, but a total of 10 minutes of running is hardly a build!  I felt great after the half, and surprisingly so.  Come Tuesday, my muscles were still a bit sore but I was ready to follow the training plan and get back in the groove, so I jumped on the trainer as usual.  I had a great 70 minute “roller coaster” spin session, and jumped out the door right after for a 25 minute transition run.  10 steps in I knew something wasn’t right – the inside of my left lower leg started aching like it has been on and off since last year, but this time it was a more precise pain…this wasn’t soreness.  So I kept running, hoping to adjust my cadence and my foot drop a bit to alleviate the pain, but it wouldn’t go away.  .5 miles in I was worried, and by 1.3 miles in it was over.  I knew I was doing more harm than good, and I gingerly walked the 1.3 miles back to the homestead.  Shit.

I iced and stretched, took some ibuprofen, and iced again.  I laid off it, but continued swimming and biking.  It hurt to walk down the street, though, so I knew it was a bit more serious this time.  Finally the doc would see me this morning (Monday) after an entire week off from running, and the news wasn’t great.  “Your tibia is pissed at you, and you’ve gotta stop running” were his exact words.  It’s definitely a bone issue this time around – nothing the so-painful deep tissue massage can do for me this time (slight sigh of relief…but still would like this thing fixed).  This coming from the doc who previously let me run through injuries b/c they would eventually go away when every other doc said stop, so I trust him when he says stop.  So he said I’m off my feet for 2 weeks until I see him again, but I can still strength train, bike and swim, so volumes will probably go up 20-30% in those areas – hey, could be good for my bike split!  Oh well, this stuff happens I suppose – I spent the weekend dreaming about the Race Across America, thinking I would replace IMKY with that this isn’t something that I can get to go away in a few months, only to find out today that it’s in June and reg is closed!  Oh well – IMKY, you now have me whether I can handle you or not!  So who knows, maybe I’ll do the swim & bike normally, and switch to the hand cycle division for the run – I’m sure the race organizers would love to accomodate.

The week wasn’t a total loss though – had a great climb in swimming and felt crazy strong in the pool the whole week, bolstered by the confidence of a great (for me) swim split last weekend.  Sunday I hit the road for a 3-hour bike, but I got excited by all the signs for the Gran Fondo, a century ride to the top of Bear Mountain from Manhattan, and ended up hitting the top of Bear Mountain before realizing I only had 1 gel left with 50 miles left to travel…bad planning, but a great ride.  Found a snickers and a banana on the way home, and was more than ready for a giant evening burrito post-shower.

And what’s going on with that crazy VW short-bus van we found??  Must be for the slower hippies of yore…

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