I officially made it through my first week back into training… but this was not without a setback. I’ll get to that shortly…
So I’m back to having a training schedule and this makes ‘type A’ me very excited! I love having a plan to follow and I love training, this equals a win-win. While I am no longer in my ‘off season’ I’m also not going to be training like a madwoman. The plan I am currently following is a ‘base training’ plan until mid- January.
Base training means the following:
- I am working at mostly ZR (recovery heart rate) and Z1 (zone 1 heart-rate).
- I won’t be logging a TON of hours just yet, but merely easing into things.
- Strength work will be incorporated 3 x week for these next few weeks at an easy, high rep rate and then heavier weights in the weeks to follow.
- All of my bike rides (on the trainer from now on) will be at 95 + RPM. Think high cadence, low resistance.
- Easing back into running.
Here is what last week looked like:
Swim at Masters Practice 3,000 yards
Adaptive Strength Training
Swim 32 minutes // focus on balance drills learned in Swim Stroke Clinic
RUN 35 minutes @ recovery pace (so excited to be running after 3 weeks off!)
Bike 1:10 on the trainer // high cadence, low resistance
Adaptive Strength Training (lat pull down, rows, squats, hamstring curls, etc)
Thanks4Giving 10K Run
First Female overall out of ~ 60 women, 7th overall out of ~ 200 people.. 41:43 (not to mention it was closer to 6.4 miles.. I was going wayyyy too fast)
Todd ran the 5K, I probably should have too
After the race I was feeling pretty good (just tight hamstrings).
That afternoon we enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, sister and a few relatives. Our families are both within a 10 mile radius of where we live… makes seeing family on holidays very easy (but can be stressful, ha!). This year it was a small get together, which was really nice.
- Wake up… knee hurt immediately, hamstrings sore = angry Kristin
- Attempt to ride my bike, knee and quad hurt so much that I can’t continue… stop at 45 minutes
- Unable to flex/extend my left leg with out pain (what the heck did I do?!)
- Now I’m realllly angry… at myself & no one else.
- Reach out to my coach… tell him that I’m in pain… and the reason why…
- Reveal to coach that I raced a 10K WITHOUT permission, when I had only gone running twice in 3 WEEKS #EGO #DUMMY
- Use the excuse that I’ve done this race before and it was ‘only a 10K’
- Coach isn’t happy with me… I’m supposed to stick to the plan. I only am supposed to race when I’ve trained for 4-5 weeks for that race NOT 4-5 DAYS. Who knew?! (I knew this… shhh)
- Proceed to beat myself over doing the 10K (and fast) for the next 48 hours, basically ruining my long weekend (my poor husband)
- Go for a swim to get some endorphins out
- Get our Christmas Tree!
- Wake up… in less pain than Friday/Saturday
- Attend Masters Swim Practice… swim 4,250 yards! My arms = toast!
- Still angry at myself… whyyy did I try and race the 10K period, let alone why did I try and PR?
- Realize that I went against everything that I’ve learned over this past year and did not follow advice I’ve given to others
- Ego sucks. Apparently I’m too competitive to just ‘jog’ a turkey trot… I had nothing to prove.. seriously!
Attend 3rd and final swim stroke clinic… making progress but still have a long way to go… continue to be frustrated. Let me just say that my wetsuit is my best friend because without it, I would not have the speed I do in open water. My balance is wayyy off in the water.
- Knee feels the best it’s felt since Thursday.
- I’ve been told by coach to just swim-swim-swim for the rest of the week and to incorporate easy biking starting tomorrow.
- I think this might be just a flare up, but I hope and pray it’s nothing else.
- This is a text book case of: ‘too much, too soon.’
Sorry if this post comes off as whining, but I had to let it out. I honestly think the worst feeling in the world is letting YOURSELF down. Sure it’s awful to let other people down, but letting yourself down? It hurts. I have to live with the fact that I set myself back because of a silly thanksgiving race. I let my ego get the best of me. I have no one to be mad at for myself. I also feel like I hypocrite because I would never advise ANYONE to do what I did.
Coach thinks that if I take it easy this week, that hopefully I’ll miss just a few days because of this, not months. He tells me to be positive and to stop beating myself up (easier said than done!). He told me to think of this as a time to work on my swimming and to get faster in the pool! Speaking of the pool… I swam over 5,000 yards yesterday, yikes!
Tomorrow I might attempt to bike (really easy) and see how things feel. I also will be going to trigger point therapy in hopes that it’s my tight quad causing the knee pain. And…. hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have some good news.
In the meantime, I’ll just try and keep my head up:)