Monday, January 26, 2015

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Another weekend, gone, just like that.  Good news, I only have 10 more days of work before I'm off to a beach for a week.  WHEEEE!  And, it's been super busy so the time has been flying by.  In other news, I got my MRI report last week.  It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either.  Good news is that there's no major damage.  Bad news is, the things that are wrong are going to take a while to fix.  I'm going to see my physiotherapist tomorrow and we'll see if we need to reassess things.  Stay tuned for a blog post on that.  Despite the fact that my knees had been sore for most of the week, I was determined to go out for a run on Saturday.  It was supposed to be warm and I wanted to take advantage of the milder temps.  I probably only should have run about 8km but I was feeling SO good.  My glutes were firing on all cylinders and I was running really strong.  There was no loss of form, nothing.  So I ran 11km.  Of course by the time I hit 10km, I was tired.  Afterwards my knees were quite sore.  The soreness was different, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  I suspect that my IT band is quite tight so that could be contributing to some of the pain.  

Since it was warm I finally got to wear my DONAJO tights.  I'm usually a black tight wearer but I've finally been swept away by the colourful bottom boom, ha ha.  Even then, these ones are fairly tame compared to some of the other designs out there.

Run Matchy!
I think these pants were the reason behind my awesome run.   I certainly didn't expect this in terms of time.  I just felt so darn good.  That's pretty close to the "old me" pacing.  I'm pretty happy about that...even if it was too much. 

What the WHAT?!?!
Since my knees were bugging me this week, I didn't ride as much as I normally would have.  I still did my Sunday long ride with my pal David and we blew through two episodes of Hannibal. 

D getting aero in the Pain Cave!
I probably would have ridden longer but I somehow managed to get a flat on the trainer!  Has this happened to anyone else?  I was wondering why I was going so darn fast and then I got off to check the resistance and saw that my tire was completely flat.  I pumped it up again only to have it get flat again 5 minutes later.  So I threw in the towel.  Grrrrr.

Even with my lack of riding I still had a pretty hefty week of workouts.  I think I'm going to dial it back this week and focus more on strength work vs. riding and running.   My knees will probably thank me for it. 

Monday:  2250m swim
Tuesday: 60 minutes strength & mobility + an easy 2km on the 'mill.  p.m.  6km run.
Wednesday:  1900m swim + 30 minute ride
Thursday:  60 minutes strength, really working upper body + core, 6km run
Friday:  OFF
Saturday: 11km run
Sunday:  3100m swim, followed by a 1h 5 minute ride.

Total time:  8 hours and 28 minutes.  Yup I definitely think I'm going to dial it back this week. 

How was your weekend?  Who else is counting down to a vacation?!?






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