There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying the stairway to heaven. – Led Zeppelin
In many ways, I feel like I am starting over. I guess a lot of us feel that way coming off the “off season”. In many ways, I’m fitter at this point of the year than I ever have been before. I’d like to think that I am confused, but we all know that isn’t true.
After the Georgia Half Marathon, it was definitely time to unwind. Other than put the pedals back on my bike, I did nothing at all Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, I spun my delayed onset sore muscles out on the bike for half an hour, even though it took me till 9 PM to finally climb aboard. While my body was sore, my mind was not handling the lack of activity very gracefully.
Thursday, it was time to get back in the pool for the first time since, oh, November. After my trip to Savannah earlier this month, I developed a very much real pain in my left shoulder. It was so bad, I couldn’t really use the arm at all, much less lift it over my head. It was rather perplexing to say the least, since I really didn’t do anything with it all. I started out with my usual 500 yard warm up, then I did 5x100 at a comfortable pace. I was careful not to hurt my shoulder, even though I felt it often. At the end of the swim, I dare say that it even felt a little better.
After taking Friday off, I decided Saturday that I wanted to both run and swim. I got up around 8 AM-ish and had my coffee while waiting for the rain to come in. Not wanting to get wet, I thought I would do 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym, then hop into the pool for a swim. On my way to the gym, I saw some guy running in the rain and his VFFs. Doh! Why is it there is always somebody more HTFU than you are? LOL….
When I got to the gym, I noticed that the pool was empty. The aquaerobics class had abandoned ship at the first flash of lightning. Taking this as a sign/gift, I quickly changed into my swim trunks and hopped into the pool. The water was much warmer this day for some reason, and I hope the reason wasn’t THAT obvious :) I basically repeated the same workout from Thursday, but I added some intensity for the second 50 yards of every hundred, and I as a reward, I finished the same workout five minutes faster.
I quickly showered and headed upstairs to the treadmill. I was looking might fine in my Bikilas, but I always feel so short. LOL… I took my time warming up before settling into a 6.5 mph pace. I’m getting pretty good at this treadmill thing. I hit 1 mile in almost exactly 10 minutes. Then, it was time to switch over into my new K-swiss Blade Run Lites. I could immediately tell the difference between the K-ona Cs, the Vibrams, and the Lites. The cushioning, the heel angle, the form, it really does all change based on the shoe, or lack there of. I put in 2 miles at 9-9.5 minute pace, and I really like the Blade Run Lites. I can’t wait to put more miles on them.
Dee Dee and a nice breakfast was waiting on me at home. After which, she and I changed and headed out to Chateau Elan for a delayed 22 year anniversary celebration. Despite some rather nasty weather (or maybe because of it!), we stayed busy at the Chateau. Let’s just say what happens at Chateau Elan stays at Chateau Elan :-)
More (and longer) workouts this week! The first 4 weeks of this 12 week block is all about getting back in the groove of things, then its on to West Point Oly distance and the Callaway Gardens Super Sprint!
Let’s make it a great week, y’all!