Thursday, December 22, 2011

three things thursday

1. It been at least 3 weeks since I've been outside on the bike, and I've actually only ridden my sick fast once.  I've spent the last three weeks doing everything on the trainer, but this morning's temps looked nice enough to manage outside, so I convinced Emily to join me for yet another sunrise ride.  The nice thing about being on the trainer for the past few weeks is that it's given my lower half a chance to acclimate to the crotch scenery.  The bad thing is that I have no idea how to steer.  I spent at least the first two loops staggering back and forth across the road.  Things got a little better the longer I rode, and by the last loop I had things under control enough to take a few pictures (the mark of excellent bike control), but there's no way I'd want to ride on an actual road like this for a while.  
I'm hoping that the weather stays mild in January (it could happen) so I can start to get some handling skills.  112 miles is a long time to be weaving around like a drunk.  However, it was amazing to be back outside on the bike, despite the fact that it was just cool and damp and windy enough to produce 843 buckets of snot.  
2. Yesterday I was walking down the stairs when I felt a weird twinge on the outside of my shin.  I ignored it (duh), but after running a few miles it was still twanging.  I massaged the crap out of it before I went to bed, but it's still bothering me today and it's making me cranky.  It's not on the bone, it's in the muscley part of the lower shin on the outside of the leg.  I feel it when I'm pushing off my foot to walk, as well.  Hrrrmph.  I'm kind of hoping that I just bumped into the coffee table and forgot about it, but I'll be icing and wearing the compression socks and scouring the internet for a while to see what kind of special tumor I could have.  Any ideas, Dr. Bloggers?


3. I've been in the pool a TON this month and I actually love it.  I've already surpassed the yardage I set for myself as my December goal and I've got 9 whole days left in the month.  I'll be ringing in the new year with several dozen of my closest swimming friends, as some raging psychopath has set up a workout for New Year's Eve that is 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5x2012 yards.  I'm hoping to be able to complete at least 3x or 4x, but if I'm feeling fine nearing the end of 4 I'm definitely going to go for the golden insanity ring of 5.  From someone who used to hold her nose and swim with one arm.  I'm going places, people, watch out.  I don't feel like I'm necessarily getting much faster in the pool right now, but it's becoming easier to swim at certain paces for longer distances (which actually might be the definition of getting faster, but whatever).  I'm pleased with the way my training is going right now and that, I think, is about all I have to say about that.


Happy Thursday, friends!  Please diagnose my leg, okay thanks.

24 comments:

  1. 1. I was too dumb to check out the weather report this morning before I hopped on the trainer for an hour at 6 am. Fail.

    3. I am not a psychopath. And this will be fun. I'm bringing cookies.

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  2. Wow, that's fantastic about the swimming yardage. You're going to kill your IM.
    As long as that tumor in your leg doesn't get you first.

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  3. That sounds like an insane amount of swimming.

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  4. It just sounds like you're tight. I have this little, hard plastic ball with nubs all over it, which I really press HARD into my calves/outer shins and it works better than the foam roller. Trust me. http://www.amazon.com/Foot-Massage-Great-Backs-Hands/dp/B002QEY6NK

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  5. ooh, like your flashy yellow jacket.

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  6. Don't be cranky Santa will bring you a new shin! :-) I have some pain in the same area but mine is closer to the tendon that runs from the big toe up the shin. My doctor did xrays etc and it turns out I just need shoes with more support he said they shouldn't bend as much at the front and I still haven't listened to his advice of getting some orthodics. Being cheap I went and bought some cheap inserts at the running store which worked for a little but now it's back so I guess I'll listen to him..

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  7. hope you shin feels better and you have a Merry Christmas. What a way to spend NYE...

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  8. Swimming long at the same pace as your old 100's is WAY more important than swimming a faster 50.

    Have fun with the 5x. I am (shockingly?) not participating in that particular endurance swim fest.

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  9. Wish I could join in on this crazy swim event but I will be out of town. I am also jealous that you got to ride out side this morning.

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  10. I don't know what's wrong with your #2. It sounds muscular, but should just be a bruise.

    And I can't believe you are actually out riding. It is very nice, yes, and I hope to get back out there soon. But mentally something just isn't hacking my brain properly to want to ride right now.

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  11. No advice on the shin problem, but I hope it goes away quickly. We've totally lucked out on weather so far and I hope it stays this way in January too! If it's going to be record-breaking hot summers, then give us some of that warm in the winter too, please!

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  12. I'm so jealous that you rode outside!!!!! I'm hoping this weekend I can get an outside ride in!!! If the temps cooperate…

    Have a great day!!!!

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  13. How do you swim 2012 yards? Start in the middle of the pool? That sounds like an insanely awesome and LONG swim session. I will try it when it gets to be 2025 so I can just start at the pool edge.

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  14. I've been thinking about the NYE swim thing. I could definitely do 1. I probably could do 2. I'm totally intimidated by the group swim though.

    As for your shin, it can hang out with my achilles/shin/calf/knee/hamstring/glute. They'll have fun.

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  15. Yay for getting outside on the bike in December! You'll get used to the bike handling, I promise. If I was able to not ride like a drunk, you'll be able to as well!

    Sending positive thoughts to your shin for quick healing!

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  16. I hope the shin is feeling better soon! I'm sure all it needs is a few more Christmas cookies.

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  17. I have been mentally preparing myself for the cold, wind and ice for weeks now. It would be sooooo nice to have a mild winter!

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  18. Does it hurt putting pressure on as well as taking pressure off? If so, something similar has happened to me, and I never got a diagnosis except for "maybe cranky tendon? maybe compartment syndrome? um, ice it and keep running and call me in a month if it doesn't go away." If not, leg transplant?

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  19. "it's given my lower half a chance to acclimate to the crotch scenery"

    Best way to put it EVER!

    As for the leg thing, it's sounding to me like it's in the anterior tibialis muscle? Maybe worth rolling the entire muscle (the trigger point's in the upper part of the muscle)

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  20. I suggest you freak out and post about this all day on twitter. I think its a gauranteed cure. NOW GO!

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  21. You are killing those pool workouts. Nice!
    That part of my shin is always kinda sore, I lie in bed and use my other heel and the weight of my leg to massage it. I do Hubz' too. Try that.
    Love the photos and the vision of you weaving down the road.

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  22. That New Years Eve swim sounds AMAZING!! Hmmm, the shin, no idea :( Hope it heals quickly on its own!

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  23. Sometime you should swim the 12 days of christmas like we used to do in high school!

    it goes:
    Day 1: 25 yds
    Day 2: 25 yds, 50 yds
    Day 3: 25 yds, 50 yds, 75 yds

    And so on and so forth, until you get to each piece up to 300 yds. Then you build back down to 1. I forget how many hours it used to take us :)

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  24. " 112 miles is a long time to be weaving around like a drunk" But if anyone could do it, with muscles bulging & a fierce race-face, it's definitely you. Yup, take that compliment and ride with it! ;)

    Swimming, yardage, paddles...

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