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Thursday, July 26, 2007

07/26/07: Someone forgot....

to tell my body it's recovery week. Although my brain in fully aware, my body seems oblivious to the fact. Woke up, checked my hr: 50 - perfect. Enough sleep? check. Eating enough? Trust me - that's NEVER a problem.

In any case, I woke up feeling woefully apathetic. Oh well,such is life....can't go at 100% everyday right - I guess that's why training periodization works so well. So I did what any totally committed ironman in training would do - went back to sleep.

Today is a 30 minute form workout on the bike and a group swim. Since the bike workout is so short, I'll do it after swimming practice. The odd thing is I'm actually looking forward to swimming tonight. Uh oh, now I know something is really wrong....

There's been a lot of talk lately that it's our running shoes that cause a lot of our running problems: plantar fasciatis, stress fractures, shin splints, it band issues. Some theories say that our bodies are designed to run without shoes and because our feet are so protected, we never have a chance to build the strength needed to support us in running. There's even a barefoot running org Running barefoot. Not sure I'm buying it, but one of the form workouts in the Triathletes Training Bible is to do barefoot pickups (20 second sprints at near maximum effort), why not give it a try.

Last night I did a 30 minute zone 2 barefoot run on the beach and threw in 4 pickups in the middle. It's definitely a different workout. It supposedly strengthens the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the feet and I could certainly feel a difference. I can see doing more of these workouts on the beach. It felt particularly freeing, and since it wasn't low tide, it was nice to be able to run though the water without worrying about ruining my new $90 running shoes......

Live with purpose....Enjoy the Adventure....

4 comments:

Meggan Ann said...

I can't tell you how many times it feels like someone forgot to tell my body it's recovery week. Some times it goes the other week and my brain forgets. I can only imagine what it's going to be like once I get to IM distance!

Carrie said...

Hey--the fact that you get to run on the beach at all warrants a big "BITE ME!!" (in the friendliest of tones, of course!) The rest of us must stick to the concrete!!

Peter King said...

Just remember - rest is a key workout in and of itself...

TriTurtL said...

"I like to run barefoot on the beach." Kind of sounds like a line on Match.com rather than a triathlon blog! Ha! Know that those of us in the landlocked states are sooooo jealous. Enjoy!

Another thought on the swim hand entry. I had a coach tell me to enter my hand like I was going to shake hands with someone under water in front of me. Sounds like you're doing great! Enjoy the rest of that recovery week.