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I still have some upper hamstring/hip pain that lingers … but it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse with training, so I’m hoping that regular stretching and not working too, too hard will make it go away eventually.  Otherwise training goes along fine.  I ran 3.25 miles this afternoon and headed out to the pool this evening.  I’ve lost some swim fitness in the last few weeks when I haven’t gotten to the pool often, but I’m hoping that will come back quickly.  I haven’t been happy with the swim class I’m in, but I signed up for a class at a different place, and I think it will be much better.

I checked out the triathlon schedule for next year, and people are starting to put their events up, which is exciting.  It makes it all seem more real.  And scary!

Back to training

My aches and pains only get worse … yesterday I was doing some new stretches and strength exercises and pushed myself too hard, and today my muscles are hurting.  This is getting a bit old!

BettyBetty asked me if I’m following Friel’s training program this year, and so far I’m not, although I have a habit of changing my plans frequently, so I may return to him.  I’m loosely following a plan from Triathlete magazine’s Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide. Friel leaves so much of the actual day-by-day planning up to you, and I have been feeling like I want a little more guidance and specificity, which the new book gives me.  I liked Friel’s book on cycling better, but for triathlons, I felt he wasn’t differentiating the type of training you would need for sprint versus ironman competitions.  I thought he asked for too much base riding as well.  So we’ll see how the new plan goes … and how often I change it.

Rest week

I haven’t done any running, riding, or swimming since last Thursday over a week ago.  This rest week has had mixed results — actually, all the results I’ve seen have been bad, although there are probably good results that aren’t immediately obvious.  I know I needed a rest week to let my body and mind recover and to keep up my motivation, and that’s all good, but it hasn’t taken away my aches and pains as I hoped.  My shoulders were aching and now they are improved, but aren’t perfectly better, and I’m not sure the rest caused the improvement.  And my hamstring issue is only marginally better if at all. Fortunately this last problem wasn’t keeping me from exercising before the rest and so will probably be no more than an annoyance afterward, but I hoped it would be gone entirely.

And I’ve put on a few pounds because I don’t have the will power to cut back on my eating just because I’m not exercising. (Not exercising much — I did go on one hike and have walked here and there now and then.)

So next week is back to normal, although it will be busy with work things.  But I’m hoping to ride three or four times, run three times, and swim twice.  We’ll see how it goes.

30 minutes!

I finally worked my way up to running 30 minutes, and I’m injury free!  This is exciting because it means I can now compete in a sprint triathlon, since I ran a little over three miles in that time.  I wouldn’t finish it very fast, but that’s okay — at least I’m capable of finishing at all.  And now I feel like I can do some speed work as well as continuing to work on endurance.  I’d like to do an Olympic distance triathlon next year and so want to work my way up to an hour.  It would be very cool if I could do a half-marathon around this time next year, but we’ll see ….

Hmmm … I haven’t written here in a while.  I’m still training, although I’m slowing it down and will take a week completely off coming up soon.  I was having a great time training up until a week or so when I still felt like working out but began to notice some aches and pains and then realized that I’d better take a real break, or I’m going to be completely burnt out early next year.  I’ve got a weird thing going on in my hamstrings and also something weird going on in my shoulders, which makes me think I’m not stretching enough after swimming (I’m not stretching at all, really).

So this past week I ran and swam as usual, but rode only twice, and next week I’ll do something similar or even less, and the plan is to take the following week off entirely.