Thursday, September 29, 2011

three things thursday

1. Well, I'm 9 days out from my A race, so what am I doing?  Why, I'm sitting in a physical therapist's office crying again, that's what.  My bruised foot has returned to normal but my cranky lat has exploded into a stiff neck crunchy shoulder back spasming mess.  I skipped last Friday's swim.  Saturday it was all pretty cranky but Sunday it actually started to feel better.  Monday morning I woke up and could move, so I went ahead with the swim on my schedule, although I kept the intensity very low throughout.  The rest of Monday, my lats and shoulders felt tired and sore - the way they usually do after a long swim - but nothing hurt.  Tuesday I saw my PT, and he moved lots of things around, and Tuesday night everything just exploded.  The original issue was that I had a rib out of alignment which was making my lat spasm, but now my ribs are all back where they belong and the spasm hasn't ended.  The pain is traveling up from my lat into my upper back and neck, and anything having to do with my neck just makes me nervous.  I'm taking my usual approach of throwing every resource I have at it, but I'm not happy.  I've cut down 2 swims and missed 2 swims at this point, and it looks like I'm going to miss most of the rest before race day.  The annoyance is that I could probably pull a race out on it - the pain isn't prohibitively bad - but the wait is killing me.  I have been swimming really well this cycle and I feel like I'm watching it all go out the window.  I essentially started my swimming "taper" 3 weeks before race day, and that's way too far out.  It's not a world-ending race-canceling kind of injury, and I'm trying really hard to focus on the big picture - at least I can bike and run - but I'm still pretty pissed that I can't even get through one training cycle without something catastrophic going wrong right before race day.  


2. The good news of the day is that I chose a bike last week, ordered it, and now it's here.  I'm hoping to get fit today, but the question of the hour is: do I ride it at Waterman's?  A few notes: on my roadie, I'm really comfortable and spend a lot of time in my drops, so I feel like there is less of a position-adjustment to deal with that usual.  I've got my last "long" ride this weekend, and about 4 other rides spaced out before race day.  I'm concerned that there may be a significant amount of neuromuscular relearning that needs to happen on a different bike that may affect the run, plus the last thing I need to do is crash because I'm not used to drunken aero steering yet.  However, the course is the opposite of technical - very few turns, lots of room, not a lot of climbing - and actually lends itself pretty well to a "first" aero race.  So, triathletes, boss me around.  What would you do?


3. We're now close enough to the race that I can start stalking to forecast.  Right now it looks pretty fine, and I have a lot of hope that this funky muggy humid weather will have blown through by then.  I can so clearly remember this day last year.  Last year on October 8th, I woke up, put on some bike clothes, and went out for my first ride post-knee-surgery.  It was a ridiculously gorgeous morning - sunny and breezy and cool, and I can so clearly remember how light-hearted I felt to be riding again.
Sometimes looking back is good.  A year ago, I was recovering from surgery.  I couldn't ride, I couldn't run, and I couldn't swim.  So I might be dealing with a cranky back right now, but next weekend, no matter what's going on, I will be rocking the hell out of every single one of those 70.3 miles.  That's what can happen in a year.  

23 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your back... God thats sucktastic at best. Weighing in on the bike however - if you can, I would do a couple rides playing around in aero, and closely assessing how you feel when you get off. For me, it took my neck/lats awhile to get used to he positioning, and I was SORE. Hopefully you're a natural in aero, and will feel great. Besides, how much FUN would it be to rock a new sexy bike when you're kicking ass next weekend?!?!

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  2. Don't use your new bike for the race! PLEASE! It works different muscles in a different way than a road bike setup. Save it for next season. You will have PLENTY of opportunities on it then :)

    Bummer about your body revolting! Good news is that you won't lose fitness from now till the race....that is all locked up inside you. Just time to hone the speed, once your body allows you to.

    Happy recovery!

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  3. we've had many a conversation about all things new bike, but i think agree with jon, i wouldn't ride it. it took me a looooong time to get used to drunk aero and you want your first race on it to be awesome (ie not getting to T2 hating it and regretting the purchase) and that way you have something to look forward to. plus the whole crotch hurting and neck aching thing that would really suck for 56 miles if you're not used to it. plus you want to kill the bike split.

    anyway i'll bug you more about this over deliciousness tonight. i know you're looking forward to it.

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  4. Stick with the roadie on race day. The biggest problem I get on my aerobars is soreness/tightness in my upper back and lower cervical/neck area. It's the first muscle group to get sore. If you're having spasms in those muscles already and you don't think that's going to be a problem on race day, then going aero for 56 miles will most likely aggravate the lat/neck muscles more.

    You've come a long way since last year! Very cool.

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  5. Injuries suck.

    You aren't losing swimming fitness in this short amount of time. Especially not when you are still cycling and running. If you don't believe me, read this: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1873&dat=19600803&id=HYoeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gcwEAAAAIBAJ&pg=527,343451

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  6. Skip the TT and ride the roadie. Creaky back already + aero riding = creakier back at the end and frustration with your choice.

    You may feel jealous that these other bikes are out there but know that come CdA you will have trained and trained and trained on the TT and you will be golden on it by then.

    I love the positivity that flows from you at the end of this post. Amazing what can happen in a year.

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  7. i'm going with the whole "no new is good new" thing. use your old bike and after the race start training on the new one. just my two cents.

    also i'm super freakin excited for you! you don't win a race during the swim so just take it easy and know that you are an awesome cyclist and runner even if you can't swim the way you want. you're going to do amazing miss katie!

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  8. Don't sweat missing out on the swimming, you will be fine even if you have to lay off between now and the race. Congrats on the new bike! I am thinking you might want to ride the roadie at Waterman's you dont want to be switching up anything major at this point. Riding aero can really mess with your upper back I wouldn't risk it right now. Have a great race! You are going to be awesome!

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  9. Good attitude girl. It certainly does help (ok, a little) thinking back on worse injuries and what you couldn't do then.
    Considering how hard you train, and have been training, tapering the swim 3 weeks before the race will NOT affect you. It might even make you freakishly fast in the water. The hay is in the barn, even now. Really.

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  10. Yeah, I'm not a tri person but I wouldn't try something new before an important race (note my refusal of drugs I otherwise would have sucked up from Victoria) and especially since you've got cranky stuff going on. Be as comfortable as you can.

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  11. Yay 70.3! You'll be ok! Just take it easy and hang in there!

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  12. Sorry about the injuries, that sucks. What did you get for a bike?

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  13. Perspective always provides a dose of optimism! You look so at ease in that picture, channel that energy/attitude to your back and tell it to buck up!

    Hope you're feeling back to normal soon, chick.

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  14. That is a big year, dude. Remember that while racing and the smile won't leave your face.

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  15. stick with the road bike--for all the reasons already mentioned :D SMILE every stroke, pedal and step of the 70.3!!

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  16. incredible what a year can bring right!?! wow! love your positive attitude and sending healing thoughts your way!

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  17. I would stay with your old faithful bike since you are comfortable on it.
    I think rest is definitely more important than getting in a few extra swims at this point. You have been training like crazy and are more than ready for this.

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  18. I hope things come together for you before the race Katie. I can't imagine how frustrated you must be. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. PS - don't even think about using the new bike on this one (I think you already knew this though).

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  19. I don't really know what I'm talking about in terms of tri bikes but I'd hold off until after the race. You already know you can kill it on your road bike. With so many unknowns on race day you might as well go in as prepared as possible.

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  20. Love the pic of you. You look so happy to be back out there. What you have going on stinks but you are smart to look at the big picture. No advice from me on the bike.

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  21. Yes, love this photo of you. You look so incredibly happy!
    Your attitude never ceases to amaze me. You've taken so many hits and you ALWAYS come up swinging!

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