A cold two and half weeks

By Skip

….or should the title of this post read “I HAD a cold for two and a half weeks?”  That is actually what I meant.  When I plan my training calendar, this is never something I plan on and I forget how devastating it can be to a training plan.  The fact that you have no control over something like this is the frustrating part.  Some people would say “Hey Skip, don’t be a wimp… a little cold going to hold you down?”  First of all, I rarely get sick and when I do it usually knocks me on my butt.  In addition, I tend to go all out on my workouts which I know lowers your immune system or so I have been told.  I figured the sooner I let my body rest, the sooner I would be able to get back out there.  The good news?  I am over it!

Because of this illness I ended up missing a 5K race that was going to be my final indicator of speed for my short distance running and I had planned on using that as a benchmark for the rest of the year.  Unfortunately, I will not have that number to analyze and compare to so I will end up using my fastest time from last year as my benchmark.

It was not just my short distance run training that got disrupted but also my bike training and my longer distance days that I was building up to for a half marathon on the 19th of February.  I know I have the distance in my legs so that is not really a concern, it is the fact that I wanted to beat last years time and I am not sure my cardio will be up for it.  I guess I can start off pacing myself at last years pace and then at the half way point see how I feel and determine if I can pick it up or not.

My bike training also was disrupted.  I had just gotten back into the routine and was enjoying sessions on the trainer with my good friend, Computrainer.  This cold really interfered with my upper respiratory so breathing deeply has been an issue and would have destroyed me if I tried to continue on with my biking during this time.

Today is valentines day so my wife instructed me “No biking, no running, no nothing tonight… it is just you and me!”  That means I will have to also put the Compex aside for tonight as well.  I look forward to a quiet night with her and look forward to the extra energy I will be building up to get back at it tomorrow.

Happy Valentines day everybody!


Filed in: Biking, Half Marathon, Injury, Running • Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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