Well, I officially graduated from therapy several weeks ago, and am working on the fresh start. As I had planned on doing, I stuck with Rich Harris and am now an official (workout) card-carrying member of Elite Athletic Performance. I liked the program we started towards the end of my physical therapy so I decided to give it a shot at least through the spring and summer. It is also nice to have the HydroWorx treadmills right in the facility, which makes it very convenient to get in both my strength/flexibility training and then a workout or just some mileage all in the same session. I think today was my 6th session in the past 2 weeks, and I have to say I am feeling pretty good…
I’d be feeling even better if I hadn’t spent about 5 days last week on death’s front doorstep. It was the same old thing I think I have contracted about 4 times in the past couple years – first the sore throat, then the exploding sinuses, followed by the lungs full of nasty green stuff. No sleep, no energy, no fun. Was totally benched for 4 days, then it took another 4-5 to feel ‘right’ again. I eventually got to the doc and am almost through the course of antibiotics. My training schedule was compressed to start with, so losing about a week didn’t help matters at all. My expectations have been tempered just a bit – still sticking with the same schedule, but I’ll take what I can get results-wise. Not expecting any PR’s or eye-popping times, just hope to compete and have these next couple races be stepping-stones to hopefully a good spring and summer.
Workout wise, I’ve been spending a bunch of time in the water the past week. Got in a tough set of intervals on a land treadmill last night, the first ‘fast’ session in quite a while. 8×2:00 w/2:00 rest, one hour total. Had planned on hitting the track for these intervals, and even had a willing partner lined up, but a 2:00am vomit attack (first of many) by my youngest daughter gave me Dad Daycare duties all afternoon. What are you going to do – felt bad for her watching her hover around the bathroom all day so missing out on a sunny day didn’t seem like that big of a sacrifice. HydroWorx on Sunday, Monday, and this morning, probably some uptempo road work Thursday and/or Friday. My mileage hasn’t been as high as it had been during the winter, but hopefully adding a little more quality to the weights will reenergize my dormant ‘speed’. With revitalized hamstrings and quads I’m counting on having a little more hop in my step and a lot less tightness and inefficiency – maybe that will help me avoid the dreaded final 100 meter shuffle of doom I’ve experienced too many times in the past several years – Drake Relays, 5th Ave Mile, Sacramento Worlds, etc..
So for the time being it’s me, the heavy iron (yeah right), and a grey cotton sweat suit. Throw in a little dose of land speed and a healthy dose of underwater running and hopefully I’ll be back on track. If you don’t recognize me next time we meet it’s probably because I’ll be so “Pumped Up!”