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Licking My Wounds

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Just got home from a little over a week of time away from endurance training. No internet access other than my iPhone, so I stayed away from Sparkpeople, too. Though I wasn't training, I got lots of real world exercise.

I have a small manufactured home out in the country which sits on 3 acres of land.

I spent a good deal of time pressure washing my rear deck, clearing brush, sawing firewood with a chainsaw, and mowing all of the land. OK, I used a riding mower, but still.

I kept busy and got sore in new places. I was staying away from my usual environnment, where I run and train. I tried not to think too much about my missed 70.3 race this past Saturday, and did okay with that. I did check the results page with my iPhone. I noted that there were no entries in my AG. Darn it, I would have made 1st place just by showing up and finishing.

The doc did advise I not do this half ironman distance, so I begrudgingly took his advice. I haven't yet seen him for a follow up visit but I feel okay, but a little weaker than usual for a few days. Perhaps I was just overtrained and needed to take some time off. The type of work I have been doing is not the type that keeps my heart rate elevated for extended periods of time, but was good exercise nevertheless. I could rest when I felt like it.
We've also been out walking a lot as well, visiting the local shopping areas and flea markets.

So, for the most part I am not feeling too bad for myself. I got overzealous and trained too hard, and probably didn't drink and fuel as well as I thought I had.
I'm going to bet back to training now, slowly building up my mileage. I have a half marathon trail run on schedule and an Olympic triathlon in a couple of months, so I need to work my way back to sufficient readiness for those two events.

I'll blog again as my training increases and let y'all know how I'm doing.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROLCRC 4/4/2014 8:27AM

    I think you are dead-on in your analysis of the root causes (dehydration/fueling) of your incident. Glad to see you are taking the long-term view that there are more races to come and one is not the be-all and end-all.

Happy to see you posting runs again, though!

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    Don't stress better to miss the race than to be sidelined for much longer with something super serious.

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ROXYZMOM 4/2/2014 9:34AM

    That looks like a nice, relaxing retreat. I am sure your wife and bostons had a great time! I missed you in Spark - but am so glad you got some R & R.

When I was getting PT for my knee last year, I went to one that focused on runners. I am wondering if you have one there, where someone can help you with the right training customized just for you...just a thought.

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STRIVER57 4/2/2014 9:13AM


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SMITTY4RL 4/2/2014 8:12AM

    emoticon Your land and place look terrific, despite the physical set-back you are a lucky guy! Good luck on the training to come.

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DALID414 4/2/2014 1:50AM

    Great to hear you're taking it sorta easy emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/2/2014 12:11AM


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WONDERWOMAN 4/1/2014 9:46PM

    Vic - Oh my gosh! I just saw this about your episode. I too am somewhat disconnected from Spark these months while in GA, so I miss a lot. I am happy to hear you seem to be doing well and it hopefully wasn't anything super serious. Taking it a little slower seems like a good idea. :) Best wishes for continued re-entry.

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JACKIE542 4/1/2014 8:06PM

    Nice to hear from you, would love to have property in the country, so nice. Nice place to relax, glad you are doing that!! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 4/1/2014 7:37PM

    Glad you're doing okay.
I would have to admit I thought you were over training for the past year, at least in comparison to my level of involvement. I have no doubt if you pace yourself, working in sufficient rest, you'll come back even stronger.
Enjoy watching yourself slowly get stronger again.

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HDHAWK 4/1/2014 7:23PM

    Your place in the country looks wonderful. It sounds like you still got a lot of good exercise. Taking care of yourself is the most important thing. You'll get back to training I'm sure!

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NWFL59 4/1/2014 7:04PM

    Thanks for the pictures and the update on what you've been doing and how you're feeling. Glad to see you're ready to get back in smart training. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/1/2014 6:22PM

    Love your pictures! Beautiful home and property.

Glad you're taking the advice of the Dr. Not easy, but it's the right choice, IMHO.

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OPTIMIST1948 4/1/2014 6:20PM

    Dont we all feel this way sometimes -- "durned it! I coulda done it!" But still - you need a rest period.
PS. Dont forget to modify your intake as well.

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STRIVERONE 4/1/2014 6:20PM

    I'm glad to hear you are doing well.

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MBTEPP 4/1/2014 6:17PM

    best un-race report ever! sometimes rest is the best medicine. I try to plan a rest break every now and then. When you do go back, your body will respond positively. I know you are disappointed and I am sorry for that,but now you will be ready for even more when you get back to training.

Enjoy your break.

great property. That's a lotta mowing. I be on top of a riding mower too.

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LISAINMS 4/1/2014 4:47PM

    You have a beautiful home and property. I'm sorry you had to take a step back to rest and recover. Sometimes our "want to's" are not in line with our "should do's". There is no shame in sticking with sprints and Olympics. They are a lot of fun and just as awe worthy in the eyes of your fans!

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NATPLUMMER 4/1/2014 4:37PM


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BLUENOSE63 4/1/2014 4:37PM


I am so glad that you are doing better and my heart hurts for you missing the 70.3 that you trained so very hard for this year. Yep there is only one you but lots more 70.3 coming down the pipe!

Take care and don't be hard on yourself as missing the race was out of your control.


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DARLENEK04 4/1/2014 4:27PM

    We missed you on spark, however sometimes you have to do what you
have to do, and in this case it was take care of is
great but overdoing it is not.

Glad you recognized something was wrong and saw your dr.


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LEWILL1982 4/1/2014 4:25PM

    Great to see you've taken some time and are recovering. Can't wait to read about your progress. Nice pictures!

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SEABREEZE65 4/1/2014 3:20PM

    What a beautiful piece of property....

Rest is sometimes a very, very good idea. It isn't easy to look at oneself and say - well, maybe I can't do everything I want to do. But, still, we can do some things and that is what is good about every day.

Hope you are feeling great soon. I will be watching to see when you post what your doctor has to say.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/1/2014 3:06PM

    Beautiful pictures. Had you took the recovery time you needed. You have been missed. I'm glad you are getting better.

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