Decided to go on a training ride Saturday morning and was able to meet up with a fellow triathlete. It was a 'brisk' morning at about 37° at 9:00am. We left from her house about 9:15am and set out for the Mt. Grenta area. It was pretty cold until we got warmed up and out the race course route. The course route itself is pretty well layed out except for creek road which had alot of pot holes and was very dirty. I could see alot of flats happening there on race day! The two climbs on the course a good climbs. The first climb being Pinch road is a good grade for about 3/8 of a mile and will get the blood flowing in the legs after the swim portion.
Other than missing one turn on the course, it was a great ride and had a good time once the sun came out to warm things up a bit. We ended up back at the house around 11:45 and took a few minutes to get the toes warmed up!
It was a great ride with a great ride partner. Thanks T.M.!
Here were the specifics off my computer:
Average Temp: 37deg. Average Speed: 13.2mph Max Speed: 45mph Total Acent: 1600ft Ride Time: 2:33:15 Ride Distance: 31.4miles
It's been quite a while since I have posted anything on here. It has been an interesting few weeks. My performance on the bike has been improving quite well. I have been doing a few back-to-back spin classes on the weekends which is really helping my power output. The run portion is getting better but not as quickly as I would have hoped for. The Brooks shoes have been the ticket to my recovery though of the leg pain I was having.
The only portion I haven't been focusing on has been swiming. I'm finally following a regimented training schedule that I picked up in the latest issue of Triathlete magazine.
Now I just need to pony up and pay for registration for the Mt. Gretna Tri!
The back has been getting much better through physical therapy. However, I am now battling shin splints. Talking with my PT and looking as my shoes, I was running in the abosuletly wrong type of shoes for a 6'2", 228lb overpronator like myself. They were a pair of Nike Zooms. These shoes are for high arch people.
After hunting and hunting for shoes, I finally decided on a pair of Brooks "Beast" motion control shoes. These are super supportive and will keep my ankle from rotating in. I'm looking forward to breaking these in and getting some good miles on them.
I'll finally be able to get back in the pool this weekend too.
Eventhough I haven't been cleared to start back full training yet, I can ride just about as much as I want. Sunday was a good training ride with a fellow Central PA Tri club member. We did a 38 mile course with some good rollers and a decent climb. It started out as a pretty cool morning but warmed up nicely by the time we got back.
I'm hoping for clearance today to get back into the pool so I can resume technique training since this is my weakest event.
Well, my therapist let me go for a ride Sunday! It was great to be able to get back on the bike. A group of us rode from Mechanicsburg high school out through Boiling Springs and did a flat 40 miles at a moderate pace (17-19mph). I only had an issue with my back the last 6-7 miles starting to get tight.
I still haven't been allowed to run or swim yet so hopefully I will be able to at least ride on a regular basis...
The past few days my back has been a little sore. I decided that it would be best to stop by the doctor's office for a look-see.
Well, it turns out that I have a herniated disk between my 3rd and 4th vertibrae which is putting pressure on my femeral nerve. The doctor doesn't think it came from my training but from something years ago and is now catching up with me.
So now I am on Naproxin (anti-inflamitory) and Physical Therapy.
Needless to say, training is on hold for now... Hopefully tonight my therapist will clear me for riding...