Thursday, January 5, 2012

three things thursday

1. The cranky weird sore spot I got on my shin a few weeks ago seems to have gone away.  I sticked the bejesus out of it for a few days, which was almost worse than the time I had my adductors Graston'd, and did the usual routine of alternating ice with constant panic about a stress fracture.  When I got back from my holiday travels, I went and saw my PT.  I've been having some tightness in my hamstring for a few weeks - really minor, but twinge-y on longer runs.  She diagnosed me with a tiny bit of tendonitis at the attachment, which is already almost gone with ice, advil, etc. - but also said that my sore spot on my shin was probably a byproduct of my lower leg working hard to compensate.  Strange, how the body is all connected.  So even though "ignore it and it will go away" would have probably worked in this case, I'd still rather spend the $15 to make sure that all my bones aren't collapsing.


Sore spot aside, I obviously still haven't learned that walking around in my Kinvaras make my shins ache from a lack of support.  I lifted in them on Monday afternoon and then was on my feet for most of the rest of the day, and was completely shocked to wake up Tuesday morning with extremely sore/tight lower legs.  Sigh.  It will make me sad if I have to completely remove a pair of hot pink shoes from my closet, but clearly recurring shin pain that lasts 2-3 days isn't teaching me anything.  A couple of days in supportive shoes and compression socks always fixes me right up, but I have enough problems with ghost injuries without adding another from sheer stupidity.


ALL of these things aside, I'm actually doing quite well in the injury department.  My hip flexors are behaving, my butt is behaving, my cranky shoulder nerve thing let me swim almost 25 miles last month, and my legs in general seem to have adjusted pretty well to all the shoe changes I was playing around with all summer and fall.  I'm not sure that I can remember a time in my life where I've been this active for this long without a debilitating injury, but I'm certainly going to embrace it and hope that I can keep this streak alive.  


2. I still have a pretty weird love affair going on with the pool.  I used to completely hate it and dread swimming, but the past few months...I don't know.  I'm not a swimmer, and I still get roasted by all the super fast people I swim with, but I just really like it.  It's peaceful.  Especially now that I can do flip-turns without cracking my skull on the floor.


3. Run...swim...I guess the third thing Thursday must be the bike?  I hate the trainer with an all-consuming passion.  My speed/cadence sensor thing isn't calibrated right and I can't fix it, and I KNOW that there's just no way I spin my brains out for 90 minutes and have only gone 14 miles.  Plus I still have a really hard time getting my HR up while inside, although I am sweating buckets as soon as I go over 100.  I don't have any of these problems outside, so I'm trying to focus on the fact that I'm doing the work and ignore some of the numbers.  Soon enough it will be spring, and I can get my sunrise ride back on, and then it'll be hot and time to climb hills and I'll be complaining about that, instead.  These are the days of our lives.


Happy Thursday, everyone!  What are you complaining about today?

21 comments:

  1. I have been really enjoying swimming lately too. I find the pool really calming even with other people splashing around me.

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  2. Approve of the new look (and planned migration to WP?) and the revised About Me :)

    The trainer is stupid. Fact. I'd rather have hills and heat to complain about than sweating my brains out all over the floor, so, good thing my trainer lives in your basement!

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  3. I need to find a pool to train in and try to become one with the water... My main issue is breathing - I like to do it but can't breathe under water.

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  4. My trainer rides got infinitely better when I took speed off the sensor (You're going zero miles per hour. Fact.) and started longer warm-ups with a few bursts. I can't get my HR above 115 in the first 10 minutes without that, but afterwards I can do a workout like normal(-ish).

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  5. No skull cracking? WIN! It's the little things.

    While you're not doing sunrise rides, perhaps you'll join me + Emily (yay, she's in, too!) for some sunrise YOGA? Hmmmm?

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  6. the shin thing happens to me when my shoes lose their fluff (or become what i like to call flat tires). back when i had all the dumb shin issues it turned out to be tendonitis too and now i know not to panic but it's still hard not to. glad you are good over all. :)

    also, i had to get rid of my fave tri shoes b/c they weren't right and hurt my shins but i still have them and look at them lovingly. sorry pink shoes might need to go if they are hurting you...

    longest. comment. ever.

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  7. Hey Kandi - only fish can breathe under the water, you're good.

    I'm complaining about the fact that my back has gotten jacked up again for no good GD reason and I can feel my spine and hips tilting the wrong way which shortens my right leg and so my left butt/hip hurt like hell - and I'm getting on a transatlantic flight tomorrow night. Anyone selling Ambien?

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  8. At least you have a new pair of pink shoes to replace the ones that you are sadly retiring!

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  9. I'm actually not complaining about much, and enjoying rotating agility/strength workouts with runs with actual skiing ... I am not complaining about the pool because I, um, haven't been there. Swim some laps for me, would you?

    Sorry to hear about your phantom shin pain. Thanks for complaining about it, because I'm using you as my test case for whether minimalist shoes are worth trying myself considering my own ghost injuries (posts about phantom shin pain make me think the answer is "probably not.").

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  10. You'll get there w/ the Kinvaras. Just ease into it. 'Cause pink shoes are worth it!

    I've got nothing to complain about today! A rare day for me, but it's a really good day!

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  11. I'm worried that my Kinvaras are the source of my leg woes too. But i refuse to stop running in them. They are just too pretty!

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  12. Hope the shin feels better soon, I had similar issues when I tried to switch the Kinvaras full-time!

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  13. I would love to learn a flip-turn in the pool! None supportive shoes are just plain bad. I'm leaving the minimal 4mm drop shoes out of my marathon training for sure!!!

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  14. 'Sticked the bejesus', too funny!

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  15. "sticked the bejesus out of it for a few days" - So much for keeping this a family friendly blog.

    Don't give up on the Kinvara! They are my favs!

    As for the bike, check out www.trainerroad.com. They have a free 30-day trial to check it out. It works best if you have a USB Ant+ stick from a Garmin watch, but you can use without to see what it is all about. I absolutely love it and can't wait to be done marathon training so I have more time for the bike.

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  16. #3: Buy a power meter (I know! You are adding another family member) and do intervals!

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  17. I am so happy for you! Injury free AND loving the pool? :) Oh. And I bitch and piss and moan. All year.

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  18. Hooray for an injury-free streak! Hopefully it will continue throughout Ironman training!! I completely agree with you on the swimming part - it has become my favorite of the three lately.

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  19. You changed your blog! I like it a lot though.
    It seems that you, like me have a newfound love for swimming lately :) yay
    Also what kind of trainer do you have? Im looking to purchase one but I know next to nothing about them.

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  20. I'm digging the pool this winter too. Do you count your strokes? when I got "fast" before the ironman it would only take 14ish strokes to get across, last night I was counting around 19 strokes per length which is inherently less efficient. Still pretty quick (1:25 / 100) and long (2900 yard workout) but the efficiency thing bugs me. That's where real speed in the pool comes from. and I lost it.

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  21. I still need to learn how to do a flip turn *sigh*

    I'm with you on that the trainer sucks like no other!

    And I like the new blog lay out :)

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