Hard to believe it’s already March 1st and time for another returning update. I know that February is a short month but really, this is ridiculous. So when I last left you in February I was transitioning to the OutSeason® with some intensity. The goals was to bring my higher-end fitness up from the aerobic run durability work I had completed...and get me ready before a bigger training block with more endurance work as I headed into Ironman® Texas.
As some of you know I've been struggling with my run and I've even been in run jail for a short while. Run Jail, for the uninitiated, is a period of time when you focus on other sports that don't involve impact. Typically this is cycling and swimming as you recover.
I was experiencing discomfort and pain in my left thigh and figured it was something like my quad (which is always tight), or perhaps my adductor. I did more physical therapy and reduced my running load, but when I returned to running the pain came back right away. Back to the therapist for a second for another diagnosis and we are fairly confident that I have some type of stress fracture in my femur.
Typically people get a stress fracture much lower in the kinetic chain, such as the tibia or fibula, before the femur. However in my case, I did have a bicycle accident in 2010 and where I cracked my acetabulum (aka pelvis). This means that most likely something is not quite right with the alignment which has predisposed me to injure my femur.
I have an MRI on March to fill picture of exactly was going on inside the hip area. Until then, I won't be able to make better judgment about the situation. Per my PT, I'm currently in two weeks of no exercise. Super challenging, from a mental perspective but it actually always works out okay.
Funny how, as a business owner, I always have more than enough work to fill my time. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I will make the most of this period of time to get healthier and stronger. I'll seek balance in other areas of my life that I've been pushing off for my triathlon pursuits.
I want to thank all of you for your continued support I certainly hope I have a much better update for you come the end of March!
Believe it or not, but it's time for another training update!
January was a solid one for me. I don't really have trouble getting motivated so there were no specific resolutions or occasions that made me dive any deeper into my training. I was coming off of a solid December and was looking forward to integrating cycling on top of the running baseline that I had established.
By all accounts the month was a success. I was able to continue running – and even run a similar pace as I had during my Run Durability block – for most of the month. The biggest thing that took a hit was my swim training. I was getting into the pool almost every day while I wasn't on the bike, but returning to all three disciplines meant reducing my overall training load in the water.
One of my focus points for February will be to get that number back up again above 10,000 yards a week.
January also included our annual pilgrimage to Clermont Florida. This is our January Volume Camp; a chance for our members to kick off their new year in style and boost their endurance with a quality training block in warmer climates. This was our second camp and there was another great group and the fantastic four days. We did lots of training and even were able to fit in some fun as well. You can view the whole recap online here. We will be back in 2017 for our third camp which promises to be even bigger and better. Click here to use our early bird discount to lock in your spot — your 2017 self will thank you!
If anything was wrong in January it was my hips. The return to cycling, specifically cycling with intensity, in retrospect looks to have been a little too aggressive. I have had mild pain when running and even some hip flexor pain now and then on the bike.
I am hoping got some rest massage/physical therapy will help get me back on track. I am well ahead of where was this time last year so I am certainly not complaining. Heading into February will see me maintain the bike as I work to reintegrate the run. I will most likely fill most of the missing one hours of additional swimming just to make myself stronger.
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