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Update... 7 weeks to race day

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This is an update on what has been going on lately, probably extremely boring to the casual reader but I know some have been following my progress to race day so this is mostly for them and for other brave souls who can endure..

It's been a bit since I have blogged. In short, I have been consumed with getting ready for my event and overcoming some problems I have had with my ankle. Fortunately for me, I caught this issue early so I am not too set back by it. I believe I have a very early onset of achilles tendonitis, mostly characterized by weakness in my left ankle and soreness in the achilles area. This is not a surprise since I have tight hamstrings, glutes and calves.

I used to visit a chiropractor but got away from it. I knew my hips are out of alignment and from all of the sitting on my job and at home, my muscles stiffen up and also pull things out of alignment. All of this put together causes one side to take a pounding and the other side to compensate...all of which is bad news.

-The GOOD news....

I have FINALLY got it through my head that stretching is important. I would only stretch as a casual pre-cursor to a long run or ride. More often, it is a response to fix a problem, not prevent one. *sigh* .. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him THINK....
Unsure if it was because of my macho midlife mindset or if I am simply dumb. Maybe I relegate stretching to the ladies in tights doing a Pilates class, then again, maybe it is some of the conflicting info about the benefits of stretching or the lack of benefit with no measurable performance gains etc....

Who knows...

The end result is that I am wiser not to mention my sense of male invincibility is fading everyday.

The treatments coupled with an aggressive stretching program is working well and today, I am about to put all of that to the test I am headed out shortly for my first real "brick" workout (tri-speak for a bike-run workout to train for the bike-run transition). It is a fairly low mileage ride but I am keeping everything low key, just consistent.

Better to go into the event fully rested, fresh, and healed where you have room to push yourself than to let anxiety drive the training and be beat up on race day.

Going to be doing a 30 mile ride followed by a 2 mile run.

Another thing that has been wearing on me is the sheer amount of money I am dumping into all of this. Granted, starting anything up is always the most costly and once I have these things, they are mine and hopefully will not need replacing for some time to come. I am hitting spending fatigue and I am not one for running out and grabbing every trinket that promises results, I am just talking about what I feel are necessary items. I am not far from being done with getting stuff.

I am going to be buying another set of tires in a few weeks and putting them on in a few weeks so I will have fresh racing rubber. While it will not guarantee that I wont get a flat, it will go a long way to making sure that it is only a freak accident and not because I was too cheap to put quality tires on. It would make my head explode if after all of the money I have spent in support of my dream to crash and burn on the bike course because of something unrelated to conditioning. Yes I know how to change a flat but I don't want to lose time and mental energy dealing with a crisis. I will need it to finish. I have had EXCELLENT success with my Continental Gatorskin tires on these ugly Michigan roads and the $70 I will spend to get new ones will be worth the peace of mind. Our roads are pretty crappy up here and riding them can be likened to having a Zumba class in a minefield. These tires have earned my trust.

Oh the things I wont put myself through to get a medal.
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I am reminded of a quote from Napoleon-
"A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon" 15 July 1815.
To the captain of HMS Bellerophon.
HMS Bellerophon carried Napoleon from the Ile d'Aix to Plymouth
before he was transferred to the HMS Northumberland and taken into exile on St Helena.
-Quote from
www.military-quotes.com/
Napoleon.htm



It is in undertakings such as this that I am put into the iron forge and refined. I am forced to evaluate and re-evaluate everything about me, what makes me tick, why I do things and more importantly- wont do things. Then to come up with a way to pull out the stops to make it happen. Gaining the wisdom to be smarter, not train harder, to quit forcing square pegs into round holes. I push myself because when it is all over, I come out stronger and more capable.

A life unchallenged is not worth living.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/8/2013 9:52AM

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GRAMPIAN 7/4/2013 6:37AM

  You're doing well. emoticon

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LISAINMS 6/26/2013 2:41PM

    You might want to consider the Continental Grand Prix 4000s for your race tire and the GatorSkins for your training. The rolling resistance is quite a difference. Good luck! You are doing great!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/26/2013 11:13AM

    YES! You are so doing this!!! I am excited for you! Your spark has lit a fire!!!

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SHANNONY84 6/26/2013 7:20AM

    Great job, keep pushing, and way to go!

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BLUENOSE63 6/26/2013 7:20AM

  Go with the GATORSKINS for your tires -- I love them and they remain inflated on my races!

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IMSMILEY88 6/25/2013 9:32PM

    Love it! And, love the bling! Can't wait to see your next one! (Hmmmm.... don't see that SP has a medal emoticon...) emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/25/2013 2:11PM

    You are doing emoticon with your training. Thanks for the update... can't wait to hear more.

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DRB13_1 6/24/2013 11:51PM

    I remember that first ribbon you "won" - that your wife found when they ran out of ribbons.
Keep earning that bling! emoticon

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WANNABFIT34 6/23/2013 1:28PM

    You know you got this buddy I believe in you!

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LOPEYP 6/22/2013 5:56AM

    Invest in a foam roller. It works wonders at removing knots and kinks.


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GEORGE815 6/22/2013 12:14AM

    Keep it going.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/21/2013 8:00PM

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That you are continuing on and challenging yourself every day, every training session. It's remarkable.

Stretching is not just for the ladies. emoticon emoticon We all need to stretch. I don't know what it is but my dad and hubby have an aversion to stretching. But as someone who has been injured, I know that stretching is absolutely necessary and cannot be left out.

Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 6/21/2013 8:28AM

    Just to let you know I'm cheering you on, Robert, following your progress with great interest and full of admiration for your determination.

Best wishes

Slimleaf

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MARYJEANSL 6/21/2013 12:45AM

  Best of luck to you on the race. It certainly sounds to me as though you are doing everything you can to make the experience a success.

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IDICEM 6/20/2013 10:50PM

  Medals are important. emoticon

Keep fighting for your goal!

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DIANNEMT 6/20/2013 9:05PM

    At least the snow is gone from the UP, right??

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PATRICIAANN46 6/20/2013 8:57PM

  I wish you the very emoticon You are doing such a great job......... emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/20/2013 6:40PM

    You are a wise man to learn that sometimes you need to rest and heal rather than pushing on and getting injured worse. You are also learning to take preventative measures and I know this is a tough one to conquer.

Good luck and have fun!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/20/2013 5:58PM

  Your so inspiring! I wish I could watch you do this. I'm in another state.

To me it's amazing just to this, even if a person is past 25 plus people first.

I don't many that can even do such a thing at all.. and it seemed to me your over 40.

So awesome!!! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 6/20/2013 3:34PM

    you are going to make this happen.. good luck

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CICELY360 6/20/2013 1:14PM

  good blog

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ROCKYCPA 6/20/2013 10:42AM

    Good luck - your training regimen will make you successful!

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MIMIDOT 6/20/2013 10:00AM

    You're doing great! Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress. Keep up the good work.

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NWFL59 6/20/2013 9:56AM

    Enjoyed the blog and your preparations descriptions. Enjoy your race. emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 6/20/2013 9:54AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Glad you mentioned the money because it does get expensive. My son was doing triatholons and he was only in high school. I would tell him that those races are for working people who have jobs. You have come a long way, it was fun to read about your journey. Oh, the roads in the low p are just as bad. It's Michigan. Keep up the good work.

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HOLLYM48 6/20/2013 9:37AM

    I know the feeling, I have to force myself to stretch when I am done running, not so good at it when I am done walking but know that I should.
Best of luck on your race!
You are doing so great when it comes to challenging yourself. Only those of us that have caught the spark understand this drive and push to keep making ourselves better and better.
Spark on!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/20/2013 9:17AM

    I like the way you ended this! So true. I've been following your blogs and I'm very excited for you.

Stretching is so important. You are very wise grasshopper!

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I look forward to reading more. Have a great day!

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SHERYLP461 6/20/2013 9:14AM

    I'm cheering you on!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/20/2013 8:55AM

    Yes, it's costly, but cheaper than health and medical care, right?
Great job on getting ready. I too fought the stretching battle, and finally conceded I needed to do it. Daily. Not aggressively. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 6/20/2013 8:19AM

    Ohhh! Stretching is soooooo my favorite part of exercise. We have this awesome stretching station at my gym -- it is the most wonderful piece of equipment ever!! You will learn to love stretching, trust me. emoticon

Sounds like you're on target to get your bit of colored ribbon. emoticon Keep up the emoticon work.

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MOMMY445 6/20/2013 8:12AM

    it sounds like you are definitely ready for the race! good luck! have a terrific day!

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PENOWOK 6/20/2013 7:52AM

    Great job!! Never forget how far you've come!

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BESSHAILE 6/20/2013 7:28AM

    I'm cheering you on from here.

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BOILHAM 6/20/2013 7:02AM

    You are such a beast.
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Good luck and keep training hard!

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/20/2013 6:47AM

    Your last statement speaks to the core of your efforts. "A life unchallenged is not worth living."

A truth that is both Heart- and breath-stopping.

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