Thursday, June 14, 2012

three things thursday

1. I don't have any taper crazies just yet because I still feel incredibly exhausted.  The fatigue has been pretty slow to drip away this time around.  However, the post-peak-training inflammation I was carrying around in the form of water weight has disappeared and I'm back to normal there.  I'm still carrying some deep muscle soreness but I can feel it getting better all the time.  And while I feel slow and sluggish, the clock is telling me that I'm close to normal, which is about the most bizarre thing yet.  It's the worst in the pool, I feel as if I'm swimming through mud and can't get a deep enough breath, but then when I pop up and eyeball the clock, it's right around normal for me.  I also have been sleeping really well, hard and all night long without waking up to pee, so I know that there is still some pretty deep healing going on.  I don't drink coffee (I know), but the past week or so I've felt like I could use some - I'm really groggy in the morning, like I just can't shake off the sleep.  It was pretty interesting to watch how my body reacted to all the heavy training, but I'm finding it even more interesting to watch how it is handling recovery.  All I can really do is just keep rocking every recovery trick I know, which includes tons of greens (I believe spinach is magic), good proteins and whole grains and ice cream before bed and keeping my stress levels low by maximizing puppy snuggling time.


2. Speaking of puppy, this one ended up in the vet's office yesterday because we were pretty sure he had broken/sprained/strained/dislocated his shoulder.
The vet agreed that something was going on with his elbow/shoulder area, but since they would have to sedate him to take x-rays we decided against it for right now.  We left with a painkiller/anti-inflammatory (Graham hasn't been eating his spinach) and strict instructions to keep him quiet for a week or two.  He doesn't understand any of this, he just knows that he isn't allowed to go outside with his bitches and play tennis ball right now, and it breaks his little heart.
3. I haven't talked about shoes in a while, but I've been safely running in these for over a month now.
I've been a good girl this time around, I started with 5 minutes and have been working my way up from there while being careful to trade off and stretch properly, but I just love how happy they make my feet.  They might be the final piece to this puzzle:



The answer to the puzzle being, "crap I'll be wearing on race day" for five hundred points.  And I don't want to hear single cranky little word about it.


Happy Thursday!  Roll call for tapering cranky pants folks!

17 comments:

  1. LOOK at that puppy face!!! Poor Graham! Hope he heals up soon! I'm just now entering the peak training phase and i have been sleeping like a rock lately, it's great. I should go for long-ass bike rides more often if only to make me sleep better. I can't believe you will be on your way to CdA in a WEEK!!! Holy crap! Have fun packing for Ironman, it's one of my least favorite parts of the race experience. Sigh.

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  2. Poor Graham. I hope it is only a sprain and that the meds and rest will make him all better. He looks so pathetic in that photo, not being allowed to go play with his sisters.
    I don't drink coffee regularly (had some this morning though) and I've been getting that groggy morning feeling this week. Not due to recover but due to new puppy!

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  3. Cranky non-long-running pants! HERE! (that was my roll call.)

    I will eat more spinach as you suggest.

    Hope G is feeling better soon. Bitches want to run with him.

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  4. Personally I find that the second week and a half of a taper is when the crazies really come out. That first week and a half is always nice and calm. Though I can't imagine that marathon taper and Ironman taper have a direct translation.

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  5. I’m very impressed that you are still without the “taper crazies”. I’m pretty sure by this time in my first IM taper I would cry if you looked at me the wrong way (my poor coach, haha).

    Anyway, very excited for you!! I can’t believe IMCdA is just over a week away. Rock it!

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  6. I'm also having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning! My taper workouts this week have not been amazing but that was expected. Unfortunately I have NOT been sleeping well.

    p.s. I also think spinach is a miracle worker and we have been eating it like starving rabbits!

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  7. Spinach IS magic. And I just planted some kale in my garden, so hopefully that will be magic, too.

    Graham is the BEST. I will give him doggie massage.

    That pic of your shoulders is WAY hot.

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    1. I need to try kale! Show up at my house with a basket of it please.

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  8. your puppy is delicious! sleep up. eat up. go get 'em!

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  9. I hope the puppy gets better :) I can't believe how close it is, I can't wait to be cheering virtually all day :)

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  10. I love the aero helmet. I need new cycling shoes and this picture keeps reminding me. Crazy thing is I want them in green.

    10 days to game on.....was-hoo!

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  11. I approve of the black Garmin.

    I do NOT approve of your dog not eating his spinach.

    I'm also perplexed by the complete lack of ass shots in this post.

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    1. Hang in there, ass shots will be back.

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  12. Poor Graham! That is the saddest face I have ever seen.

    Rockin' gear!

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  13. You are the most photogenic person I know. Where'd you learn to pose like that?
    Hugs to poor Lil Graham! Hope he's feeling better very quickly!

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  14. AWE for your puppy. I hope it's not anything serious.

    Also Newtons for the win. :)

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