Thursday, May 31, 2012

three things thursday

1. I've got one more ridiculous weekend of riding before my schedule downgrades to merely insane, and I'm not sure I've ever looked forward to a taper as much as I am looking forward to this one.  But being at the top of this build, I've had a few moments of, "you know, I think this is going to be okay."  Even though my legs are stripped with fatigue, I still feel like I had a pretty solid ride on Sunday - my first crack at the SkyMass loop out in the Shenandoah with my weekend smashfest buddies.  I've ridden the first 25 miles of it multiple times but this time around we white-knuckle descended through Luray, climbed the Massanutten cursing the entire way (that was me), and then rode bumpy little rollers the whole way home.  


My legs weren't exactly pleased about the two miles I ran off the bike - and the five I ran later in the evening - but I've certainly felt worse after so much time in the saddle.  And this ride had not quite twice the amount of climbing in it that I'll see in CdA next month.  I'm certainly not going to win the race, but I have hopes that I'll do more than merely survive my way to the finish line.  


2. I'm pretty pleased with how my body feels after yesterday's long run.  However, my calves started complaining a bit earlier this week, and I'm taking the "ounce of prevention" route and heading up to get the shit Graston'd out of them this morning by my bruiser, Dr. Paul.  I've been trying to be even more diligent than usual about recovery this week, because this is the time when little niggles get really destructive.  So I dug the compression socks back out, I've been putting fabulous fuel (with a few exceptions) down the hatch despite having almost no appetite, and I'm sleeping like a rock star.  I'm hoping my body is grateful for how nice I'm treating it and doesn't throw a rod in the next couple of weeks.  


3.  I've always heard about ironman-training-brain, but it's starting to get personal over here.  This morning, as I was getting ready for my ride, I pulled my clean bike shorts out of the laundry basket and then they disappeared.  I spent ten minutes tearing the house apart before I gave up and pulled on a pair of tri shorts.  I wheeled my bike into the driveway and then got incredibly frustrated at my garmin because it wasn't picking up my HR strap...because I wasn't wearing it.  I didn't realize I wasn't wearing a helmet until I diagnosed the odd feeling on my head two blocks away from my house, I squinted into the sun on Hains Point for two laps before realizing I wasn't wearing sunglasses, and no matter how much math I did, I couldn't figure out how 4*6/6 intervals would fit into a 90 minute ride.


When I opened the fridge to make my post-ride recovery smoothie, I discovered my bike shorts neatly folded in the cheese drawer.  Someone, please, tell me this brain damage isn't permanent.  And if this post is full of typos, well, you can just bite me.


Happy Thursday!

20 comments:

  1. If I didn't know better, I'd say you were pregnant LOL! I think it's kind of the same thing though - your body is so focused on building for your event that your brain is only getting leftovers. ;o)

    Sounds like you are right where you need to be.

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  2. I HATE HATE HATE the Sky-Mass loop, but I am planning on doing it after Eagleman. That climb up Mass always makes you want to hurl :) You got this weekend in the bag!!!

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  3. I literally snorted at #3! That's the kind of stuff I do on a regular basis. What the hell am I going to do when I start ironman training? Fingers crossed it's only temporary for you!

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  4. LMAO, so you must have cut cheese in those shorts. HA, remember I'll be here all week, drive safely.........

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  5. Ahhhaa folded in the cheese drawer, now that is a fine example of race brain!

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  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who periodically forgets to put on a helmet. Though I've never found my bike shorts in the fridge... yet. I still have more build before Placid so there's still time for that to happen. SO FUN riding with you this weekend and glad you liked SkyMass!

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  7. Sorry, I can't stop chuckling. The cheese drawer? Really?!? Someone is ready for an IM!

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  8. Hahahahahaha I LOVE THIS! I've found clothes in the fridge before and I've never run an IM but seriously, this is hilarious!

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  9. This is great! I have left keys and other small objects in the fridge but not clothes...hope you get smarter soon :)

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  10. You're not going to win the race?

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    1. I mean, I might. I'm definitely going to PR the marathon.

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  11. I do dumb stuff like this all the time.... I have been losing my brain for years.

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  12. It's getting so close. LOL on the crazy moments! You work hard, K!

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  13. LMAO at shorts in the cheese drawer!

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  14. I've heard of pregnant brain but never exercise brain...the shorts in the fridge is HILARIOUS.

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  15. Number three nearly made me cry-laugh. It sounds like you are just about ready. Is it weird to look forward to someone else's race? I'm so exited for you.

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  16. Well, at least they were neatly folded.

    So proud of all the hard work you've put into your training. No one works harder than you, Katie girl!

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  17. OMG hahahaha shorts in the fridge?? Proof that you are giving this training all you have. Keep up with the recovery focus - you are looking strong, girl!

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  18. Holy shit the shorts in the cheese drawer takes the cake. That is definitely the funniest thing I have heard regarding Ironman Brain. BTW - that is a serious diagnosis. Maybe you and I can start our own show on TV (can't be any worse than ER, Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice) about diagnosing Ironman Brain.....I think it would put up great numbers especially if we shoot all of your scenes from behind you and flash the ASS.

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  19. You are so hilarious. THE CHEESE DRAWER!

    Sounds like your bike leg is gonna be fantastic. I am almost afraid to sneak a look at your quads next time I see you.

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