Sunday, June 06, 2010
A couple of years ago there was a letter to the editor of Triathlete magazine. The reader asked it it was OK to yoga on your rest day? The reply was - what is it about 'rest' you don't understand?
I love getting inspiration from other people's blogs, but I have to say, I am very concerned about how people are abusing their bodies, and although I am not surprised, I am concerned that people are sustaining (potential) preventable injuries because of their - pardon me - stupidity!
Elite athletes does not train 7/365. Why do you think the Tour de France has a day off every Monday? Your body is not build to this kind of 'abuse'. More is not necessarily better.
What I also see is people are 'living in the present' - what will happen to the body 5+ years from now when the novelty of SPARK wears off? I read all this I want to lose weight, and many time what see is - healthier life style = lose weight. Now if you live a healthier lifestyle - your weight comes off automatically.
I want all my sparkers to be happy, healthy, and injury free.
On the thought of injuries. A couple of words of caution. Recently I read about a sparker who recently had an unspecified heart procedure and wanted to run a half marathon. The copy cat ' you can do it' and where to find training kept coming in. Not one person asked - have you talked with your cardiologist or who ever did the procedure if it was safe. When you give advise, read the whole thing. If you watch the biggest loser - what is one of the disclaimers. They are under medical supervision. We should be under medical supervision as well - talking to our own physician/NP or whomever we see.
Not to brag, but recently I suggested to a fellow sparker to see her phyisican after some complaints of ankle pain. I am glad I did - she had a partially ruptured achilles tendon - which required surgery.
My fellow sparkers - let common sense and careful planning prevail, and you will still succeed - and less likely to sustain injuries.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Well, it happened again - thanks to Bill. Several sparkers with spouses and friends gathered in Waldo Ohio for another bike ride. The weather was interesting - at best. A front came through overnight and did all kinds of havoc, however, we met at the community park in Waldo. After the greetings and getting the machines ready we hit the road. People were doing all kinds of distances (16, 34, and 63 miles were the options chosen by the group).
We started out at a reasonable clip but all of a sudden Anne, non-sparker John, and found ourselves clocking 19-20 mph and realized that we had lost Bill and the rest of the group. At mile 27 the ride came to a screeching halt. The overnight rain had flooded the course, and we ha to turn around. We caught up with the others and rode as a group for a short while and all of a sudden Bill and I did an unintentional breakaway. We worked well as a team - which was good - because there was a pesky headwind from the open fields.
My DW rode the 16 mile ride... and I think she was the only person who encountered rain. She was soaking wet.
We came home - just about 53 miles in the book at 17.4 mph - a great time with great friends, and it was nice to see Bill and Anne again - the non-sparkers John, Ed, his wife Michele again - and meet a few new people.
you may want to know - why no pictures. I think none of us want to get our camera wet while biking.
A great day in mid-ohio.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
OK fellow Sparkers, another 13.1 is on the books!!! In case anyone wants to know - 2:20 was my time, but I didn't really care. I had a great time goofing around, visiting with other runners, having a great old time. And when I was done, I went out an met with some of the Team in Training runners around mile 12 and ran with them and encouraged them to finish the last mile... It was a lot of fun, So for me it may be more of a 16 - 17 miler run.
The weather was incredible, although it was cold at the lake and at the finish line.
However the best part was when I went out and met my friend Chris and ran him in with his brother an one of the coaches. Chris is a young man with lymphoma, diagnosed a year ago. I am afraid I have something to do with him running the full today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - one year ago this young man was told he had cancer. Today he ran a marahton. Now, he is MY hero!!!
I think I am going to put my feet up and watch a little hockey (Chicago-San Jose).
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I just got back from the Cleveland Marathon, half, 10 and 5k's, and I am so excited. I met some rockstars... aka fellow sparkers who completed their first 5k - and I got to see them cross the finish line.
Cat, Cheryl, Grace and your familes. It was very special for me to be there. Most frequently I am the one cross the finish line and people are there for me. This time I got a chance to see you guys finish ... and it was fan-friggin-tastic. (Just look at the smiles of those three ladies on the picture).
I am glad you had a good time - who knows, next time I may be running next to you.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I hate recovery. I feel like a slug. On the other hand, my body is telling me I need to recover. On average I sleep 1- 1 1/2 hr more every night. I planned to swim tonight, but decided on the way out the door when I left work - no. Soon I will be in my bed.
Sunday I will be running the Cleveland half. When I have recovered from that - it is time to structure a new workout.
One take home message - no matter how much of a slug you feel, and how much you want to work out - do yourself a favor and respect the recovery phase. Not doing so is placing you at a risk for injuries.....
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