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Avoiding Injuries

April 28, 2011

I am so stupid.

I went and injured both my big toes. No biggie huh? Well then you have never injured your’s! Because it is amazing how bad it can be.

So here is what I did. I have a friend that wanted me to play soccer with a group of guys. I join in without cleats to play last weekend (I played a lot as a kid but that was 20 years ago). I run around with running shoes and proceed to bang my toenails on the front of my shoe. Someone then offers a pair of cleats that are about my size. I used them for the second half and they were a smidge too tight. All my cardio work did wonders and I was one of the most energetic running around like a fool chasing on offense and defense with a 6 on 6 game. This probably made things worse.

I got home and my toenails were acting as though they were riding a bed of jelly on top of my toe. It was cool to watch them move like that if it didn’t hurt so much. They are definitely bruised underneath but I only see a light hue of purple so far, no black.

Anyway its been 3 days now and I can move around a bit and have taken a fabulous liking to my steel toe work shoes that I have never worn much. I also had very mildly strained my ankles and the big tendon running down the inside of the thigh on one leg from all the stop and start running I am not used to. Oh and there is a gargantuan blister on the ball of my foot behind my left big toe. All in all I am hobbling around this week.

I totally blew my workout plan and have a 12k race coming up next Sunday. I will probably test out soon if I can do anything at all. I will run a short stint on Saturday and make my final decision if I can do it as a fun run/training. I am thinking I will heal enough to do it, but there is a giant blister too and if that gets worse I will risk my half marathon in 2 1/2 weeks. I was targetting a PR (2:06) with an outside shot at slipping in under 2 hours but the derailed training probably put that out of reach. I missed my bigest volume week ever by missing my long run planned after soccer. That was probably my single most important workout of this cycle and I blew it.

So here is some advice to triathletes that only do triathlete things. Keep it that way or prepare to be injured. If you do decide to add anything different besure to add it in baby steps with a mind toward what body parts are not ready for the workload you are going to put on them. Oh, and remember soccer is played in cleats that fit, not running shoes, that is another important thing to rememeber – they make all those different types of sport shoes because there is a demand for them. The demand comes from smart people that do not want to get hurt doing a sport they want to play.

It sounds so simple now.

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Olympic Distance Triathlon

August 21, 2009

I am about to do my second oly this weekend. The first was one was a little short and the bike was downhill quite a bit. I did well because of that until the run. I had not run at all since the half marathon and my stress fracture.

The good news is that it healed and I have run a bit since, but my overall training has dropped off a bit. I am fearful I won’t finish this real oly in under 3 hours.

wish me luck

A Hundred Grand

February 7, 2009

According to my spreadsheet I have now avoided eating and burned with exercise 100,000 calories. I am happy but my equations for weight loss do not work. I hit 80,000 quite a while back and then had my little break which I did not accurately measure my food. According to my estimates I ate about 2800 calories a day, there were a couple of days I tracked them and then when I filled it in then I estimated back a few days. The 3 week period I worked out just enough to balance out my extra eating to stick right around 80,000 according to how I tracked it all. But I gained about 7 pounds for the two month period of my low to the high after I got back into it. I think I was not burning as many calories a day as I estimate, 2540, because even if I ate 3200 a day for those three untracked weeks that would only be an extra 8000 calories. Which results in two pounds. The bottom line is that the calculations will only work as you get into a groove and keep doing the same thing. If you have a shock to the system in one form or another that lasts for several weeks, things may not be as expected. I had expected to gain about 3-4 pounds and after getting back to it for 2 weeks to be back making new lows again. Not quite.

I have gotten back into the swing of it and the lack of results for the 20,000 calories is basically a confirmation that I need to hit 240,000 for sure, maybe more if I take any more time off from the new me. So I still have 140,000 to go. I hit 193.2 and my low before was 190.6 so I still got another week and a half of doing well before I hit a new low more likely two weeks.

On the working out front I swam over 8000 yards two weeks in a row now. I have only been running twice a week with the cold weather the days outside are a little rougher on me so I can’t do the two days in a row like before. As it gets into the mid 30’s to low 40’s I should be able to get back to the 3 times a week. I still have not done much bike. I am thinking about doing a spinning class on saturday instead of the run to go along with my swim which I don’t think I want to give up.

Not next week as I will be out of town for work. Cross your fingers for me that it all goes well.