Friday, March 9, 2012

South by Southwest

Well friends, I've made it through another tough, three-week training block. If you've been following along, you probably know that these first two blocks involved a whole lot of interval sessions on the bike, some very solid hours in the pool, and not a whole lot of running. I've been rehabbing my calf injury, settled on a brand-new bike fit, and re-acclimated myself to regular swim workouts.

The next block will be a bit of a transition as I begin to increase the mileage of my weekend rides, and hopefully start running with some degree of regularity. The heaviest months of my training program will probably be May and June, so I'll be important for me to use the remainder of March and all of April to get myself set for more and more training hours.

Running is definitely the biggest question-mark for me right now. I have good days and bad days, and sometimes, just when I start to gain some confidence in where I am right now, something happens to take the wind from my sails. I had a very solid training day yesterday: thirty minutes on the Alter-G treadmill followed by 900 kJ's of intervals and 5,000 uptempo yards in the pool. I wrapped up the morning of workouts with out a hint of pain.

A few hours later, I had to make a dash for a departing bus. I knew I'd made a mistake by the third stride. I stopped, missed the bus and limped to the stop to wait for the next one. My calf has been sore, tight and seizing up since. I iced down on the plane. Now it's a matter of managing the pain, facilitating improvement and just generally not freaking out. (Yes, there is a part of me that is definitely freaking out.)

Ironman Switzerland is roughly sixteen weeks away, which isn't a very long time for a healthy person to train for a marathon, let alone an unhealthy one. Ramping up is going to be tricky. The plan is to start slow (obviously) and work my way up to some longer runs of 16 miles by mid-June and then back off significantly ahead of the race itself. Looking at the calendar, I don't know how this is going to be realistically possible... Hopefully these flare-ups continue to be small and easy to manage so I can work toward the goal with some degree of consistency.

Anyway, this weekend should provide a much-needed break for my tired legs, injured calf and sore shoulders. I'm in Austin, Texas, with a few co-workers for South-by-Southwest Interactive. The weather here in Austin could better, but I'm sure the barbeque's still just as legendary as it's supposed to be. Speaking of which, I'm hungry.