Friday, April 04, 2008

Unplanned Taper

I took the past 2 days off from training. I took wednesday off b/c of "Fecal Matter in the pool", which didn't leave me heart broken since I felt pretty beat.

My original plan for Thursday was to take off from work early to get in my long ride for the week, and still give me enough time to recover before the 'seal on sunday (which btw, you know you are a triathlete when you do something like this).

But when I got home, I started having second thoughts. I ended up taking Thursday off due to this massive knot on the front side of my left calf that started rearing it's ugly head. This is the 3rd installment of "3 times a charm" for my left leg:

1. 2 Saturdays ago, my left ankle was bothering me on the bike
2. Last Saturday, my left knee was bothering me on the bike
3. Calf Knot

This is the first time I have ever had a knot in this area, and I am doing all I can to get rid of it (If you have a suggestion - I am all ears!!!!). Foam roller, self-administered "massage" (which, generates a huge conflict of interest because it ain't comfortable by any means), even ibuprofen. But again, I have felt pretty tired (not just from training), so I wasn't heart broken again. Although I wasn't planning on tapering for this race, I feel like I am in a taper since I am starting to get a little antsy and easily aggravated :)

I am gonna go for an easy run tonight after work and see if that helps things. I am hoping for the best.

Big ups for Jameson for posting some great links on his last post - the thing that I really liked was Cody's post on listening to your body. There was thing in the back of my mind yesterday that said "You could ride today, which may do more harm than good to your injury/issue. Plus, you might not finish the ride, and you could delay your recovery even longer, which could affect more important WF or IMLP training, or you could just give yourself a much deserved 2nd day off."

The rational/conservative side won. I know there are times when you need to push through the aches/pains/tiredness/mental blocks, but today was not one of them. I can almost always get through the mental blocks, but err on the side of conservative when it comes to potential physical injuries.

I am racing on sunday. My swim time will not be up to snuff, my bike times may lag from the past since I [gasp!] just sold my 404's, but my real goal is to blow my 10k PR out of the water. I did a pseudo-superseal race prep workout on Tuesday: 18 mile hard, flat, windy ride [which I forgot to hit start on my 305], followed by a 5k run [again, forgot to hit start again]. I was amazed at how good I felt running, which helped fuel the 10k PR goal. I am hoping for cool temps, and getting rid of this damn knot!

Good luck to all those racing this weekend!


Paul said...

Good idea to take it easy! Are you racing this weekend at the SEAL? If so see you there!

Nikee Pomper said...

D-ROCK! Good luck this weekend, rockstar!

jameson said...

Good choice in holding back... it's tough to do.

Good luck this weekend and I am definitely down for some Sunday afternoon beers in North County...

jaybuddy said...

Good luck tomorrow in the Nado! I will be taking pics and cheering ya on.

Rachel said...

Hope you had a great time! I have a device that gets into the pressure points in the body of the muscle--the "Theracane"--another mideval torture device. I like it b/c it takes very little effort to exert a lot of pain.