Just got back from the high mountains just outside Katmandu, where I went to re-find my direction with the help of the Dalai Lama. We meditated, did some intervals, then played a round of golf (a big hitter, the Lama), and I am happy to report that I have fully recovered and am ready to move forward.
I actually did not go to Nepal (but I did go to Fort Myers), and am happy to report that I have not suffered any sort of irreparable mental or physical damage from the loss in Sacramento. As I said I was planning on doing, I’ve spent the week collecting HydroWorx frequent-runner miles, logging 45 minutes on Wednesday, 60 minutes on Thursday, and 55 minutes in the pool this morning. I ended up taking off Tuesday and Saturday – Tuesday was a long post-race travel day from Sacramento, and yesterday was a travel day from my Florida FedEx trip that was filled with softball games. While on the road I did get in a 10×3:00 workout on the elliptical Friday afternoon – would have preferred to have done it in the pool, but I had to get it done on Friday so I was forced to use the hotel machine.
I am approaching the race on Wednesday with a very casual attitude – trying something different, plus it is just a little “hometown race” instead of a world championship. This easy week will be good for me I think – I started to develop some pain in my left heel a couple of weeks before Sacramento that has not gone away and I am watching it closely. I also ran my butt off getting ready for the world’s 800m, and I don’t really think there was much more I could do to get ready for these last two events. I plan on more pool miles on Monday, something easy or off on Tuesday, then see if I can improved on my 2010 time (4:25) on Wednesday evening. I will be wearing me HydroWorx jersey for the race, so it’s appropriate that I will have been water-trained leading up to it….