Sunday, February 27, 2011

February 2011 Recap

February 2011 is coming to a close and with it comes a close to my complete break from running (outside of a couple of aqua jog sessions)in attempts to recover from a frustrating case of achillies tendonitis in my left achillis (imagine the irony).

In terms of numbers the month of February 2011 has not been impressive. Without looking at my log file, I believe that I biked somewhere in the vicinty of 16-hrs, swam in the ballpark of 24,000 yds, and aqua-jogged 3-hrs. It has been hard for me to get inspired enough to run in the water, and have been guilty of offering to give up "my" lane as soon as the pool became remotely busy.

The month of March 2011 will be better.

I made my first attempt at running again on December 1, 2010 only to have my tendonitis flare up once again shortly after the turn of the calendar year. I took 2-months off on the first go-around, and have done the same this time. I am mostly confident that things will be different this time around and here is why:

+I started lifting weights again (primarily with my legs to even out muscle imbalances)
+I have been stretching and icing a lot more than in my previous attempt.
+I have been Retuled, where my bike fit was adjusted by lowering the seat 2-mm and moving my left cleat back 1-mm.
+I have become a fan of compression socks, and can honestly say that I believe that have played a signifcant part in my recovery. My strassburg sock is another great ally.
+ Peaceful Mountain tendon rescue is good stuff
+I will return to running more intelligently this time (start slow, stay slow, stay short, stay flat)for a minimum of 6-weeks, and will continue to stretch much more frequently than before.

I wish that I could say that I am pain free, but if I did it would be a lie. The pain is significantly less than ever before, it seems to move around from day-to-day, and it goes away (always) by the next morning.

So that is my plan. It is more structured than previous plans, I have identified key areas that I neglected in my previous recovery (October to December), and should have addressed long-ago.

Not keeping my fingers crossed on this attempt at running, I am moving forward confidently (slowly).

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I Biked Today

I rode my bike today (albeit on the CompuTrainer) for the first time in over a month. Granted it was only for 45-minutes at a very easy effort (heart rate 105 bpm), but it felt great to back in the saddle again.

Running is still a "ways" off yet, and so is being able to push off of the wall with both feet in the pool, but I am hopeful that I will be able to start training again with some sort of normalcy once again. March 1st?

Not really concerned about performances anymore for the spring/early summer, I will just be glad when this has been put behind me for good.

Keeping both fingers crossed.