Training is a pain in the neck sometimes

By Skip

For the first time in a long time I have not been able to workout due to an injury… or at least a pain.  I was very excited for yesterday’s “open water madness” workout with the TryATri guys but I woke up earlier that day with a pain in my neck… and it was painful!  It was bad enough that I had to move all of my workouts around and cancel my appearance at O.W.M.  

So I headed out to the pool today and then had planned a make-up run.  Here was my swim schedule:  

  • WU: 250 @ low aerobic intensity
    • 6 x 25 drills, RI=0:10
  • MS: 10 x 100 @ moderate aerobic intensity, RI=0:05
    • 5 x 25 @ speed intensity, RI=0:20
    • 6 x 25 kick, RI=0:15
  • CD: 250 @ low aerobic intensity

I jumped in the pool and you know what?  I was cold!  I can’t remember the last time I thought that the water was too cold!  I would love to know what the temperature of the water was…. 83, 82 degrees?  Ha!  Just wait until that 55 degree water next year.  That is exactly what I said to myself.  Time for those ice cube baths I have been talking about doing.  The sooner the better, right?  

The swim workout was quite good.   Especially when it came to the 5 speed swims I did after the base length laps.  I did start to cramp up on the last couple, however.  Next time I have one of these base workouts, I really do not need the rest interval as I could have easier done that whole main set today without stopping.  

I got home after the swim and hydrated a little bit and had some GU to get some calories in my system.  It had gotten quite late and I did really did not want to eat dinner (leftover BBQ ribs!)  so once I felt that I had enough calories to sustain myself, I headed out on my run, which consisted of:  

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 25 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

I only post those workout details for those that are trying to keep up with me.  What I actually did was my workout from the other day which I was not able to do which was a 10 minute warm up, 18 minute threshold and a 10 minute cool down.  This was a very strong run but my body really felt the fact that I have been slacking.  I was, however, able to hold a 6’40” pace for the main set.   

I am going to be concentrating quite a bit more on my running in the “off season” which, for me, will be after October 10th….. That is unless I pick up another late season triathlon in Miami.  There is one that I have my eye on but I will probably not do that one.  I have a really good idea of what I need to do over the winter months, which is a good thing!  

The next couple of days I am going to be in Orlando so I don’t know what workouts I am going to be able to fit and and what ones I am going to get lazy with.  I guess by the end of the week we will see how all things work out.  

Here is my run details from the run, by the way, for those that are interested: 

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Filed in: Biking, Injury, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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