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I Can Do This. Slowly.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'd been feeling great coming up to a marathon I did on February 2nd. So I signed up for a 70.3 triathlon which is scheduled for March 29th. I should have been resting a lot coming off the marathon before taking on this larger endeavor, but too late, I'm already signed up and going to do it.

Swimming and running are going fine. I'm still not feeling confident on the bike. I took the bike to a local bike shop, had it tuned up and fitted to me. I think I need to work on my nutrition better for my next long ride. In retrospect, I probably did not eat and drink enough last 31 mile long ride.

Today I was scheduled to do a 35-40 mile ride, but I made a decision to take a rest day and do that ride tomorrow.

Yesterday, I did an 8 mile run, and my knee was feeling sore. I soaked in my 58 degree pool water, then did foam rolling, ice pack and elevation. My knee problems had gone away for a few months, so I thought it was better and healed. From now on, until race day, I will wear a knee brace every time I run.

From what I understand, cycling does not irritate the knees unless your form or position on the bike is off. That's not the case with me, so perhaps it's just overtraining, which I tend to do. Next long ride, I plan to start slower, ride slower and just go for time on the bike.

Only 6 more weeks to train, so I will err on the side of undertraining for this race. There is lots of information about senior athletes available to me, but not specific to 70.3 training. So, I'm using the generic training plans and lowering the distances and frequency, and resting a bit more. That strategy seemed to work for the marathon training, hope it will for this half Ironman distance.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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BLUENOSE63 2/26/2014 9:55PM

  Make sure to walk the hills on your IM and save your energy for the straight aways....stick to the Galloway method ....do not deviate, and wear your brace no matter what as the compression with keep the swelling down.

As for nutrition, there is a great deal of science out there but what I know to be true is you must take salt tabs in your race belt because you will need them as the more you perspire....when the salt is down in your body you will become increasingly thirsty and could very easily overhydrate. I use a camelback 2 L when I do the big ride and make sure I have my bento bag on the bike with all my nutrition. Make sure to open the gel packages. Do you have a bento bag on the bike? A must get as it is much better than taping stuff to your bike

Cheryl

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LISAINMS 2/23/2014 2:01PM

    It is far better to show up slightly undertrained than to be overtrained on race day. Now that your bike has been fitted, it may help your knee. It's amazing what a small tweak can do for your comfort.

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JACKIE542 2/22/2014 11:58PM

    I like your plan, you do what you feel is right emoticon

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DALID414 2/22/2014 11:05PM

    You inspire me SO much!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/22/2014 9:14PM

    Wow! What a challenge. But as has been said, it's great that you are listening to your body. That's the most important thing. Good luck

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SEABREEZE64 2/22/2014 6:42PM

    You will do good. You are a good thinker, a strong biker, swimmer, runner, and are smart enough to err on the side of caution.

To me it is the journey that is fun.... the destination is fun too, but it is the journey that takes up most of the time!!!

Have fun training!

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MBTEPP 2/22/2014 3:22PM

    It is a real conscious effort to train injury free. Yes, listen to your body, and you appear to be. It is a lofty goal, and there will be challenges. Keep strong, be smart, and good luck!

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MASRITE 2/22/2014 2:12PM

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2014 12:36PM

    Solid plan. Listen to Catherine….she knows what she's talking about.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/22/2014 12:13PM

    Yes, over use problems can sneak up on you. Sounds like a good strategy for your Tri.

About your knee. A brace can certainly help manage the symptoms but it won't fix the problem. Of course, there are many potential culprits, but if the brace really helps, you should suspect that muscular imbalances in your upper leg are allowing the knee cap to track improperly. It's your thigh muscles that hold your kneecap in place, preventing it from trying to jump its track. Running tends to develop the back thigh muscles (hamstrings) more than those in the front (the quadriceps), and the imbalance is sometimes enough to allow the kneecap to pull and twist to the side. Do you overpronate or supinate? -- that can also put twisting forces on the knee that overuse can amplify.

My point in bringing this up is that the right kind of strength training is probably the best long term solution to your knee. I will cite my DH to illustrate this. He long insisted he couldn't run very far or very much because his knees would hurt. Rest would make them stop hurting, only to have the problem return when he resumed running. I finally convinced him to work with my trainer. It has taken a while to correct his muscular imbalances, but he no longer has any knee issues when he runs. Of course, he still prefers biking . . .
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Enjoy your race!!

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WOW1966 2/22/2014 11:55AM

    Keep keeping on! I think the biggest thing is to listen to your body- push when you can and rest when you need to. We're cheering you on! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 2/22/2014 10:49AM

    You do love a challenge don't you. Wish I had half of your desire and ability.
I do agree, take it slow and err on the side of under training.
Somehow you will do well.

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SNS1968 2/22/2014 8:25AM

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BIGPAWSUP 2/22/2014 8:23AM

    You always listen to your body and that is terrific. I know you are going to be awesome. Slow and steady wins the race.

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ROXYZMOM 2/22/2014 8:06AM

    I am glad you are paying attention to your body. It would be awful to injure yourself a d not be able to run again. I stick to HMs because of my knee and foot problems.

Sorry I can't help you with tri training ideas. Sounds like you are doing it right

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