Friday, September 14, 2012

four things friday

1. Just like every taper and race is different, every recovery period is different.  I can't actually remember the last time I felt this fried after a race.  Some of it, I'm sure, was due to the 8+ hour drive we made less than an hour after I crossed the finish line, but some of it I think was related to my effort.  And because of that, instead of wanting to gorge myself on beer and ice cream and potato chips, I was a little worried about how trashed I felt and have spent the week putting good clean solid foods down, with the possible exception of a cocktail at dinner Tuesday night with some good sweaty friends.  
But other than that, it's been vegetables galore, quinoa crazy mixes, and only a small bowl of ice cream here and there.  I think that's also because it wasn't a season-ending race, but rather I need to get rolling again pretty quickly to tackle what's next for me.  I was feeling pretty good by yesterday morning, and hopped in the pool for a real swim.  I swam almost 200 yards and my crazy trapezius seized up.  I self-massaged, crawled into the hot tub, and was in my chiro's office about an hour later. 

I've noticed the last few times that I've raced, especially when I don't get out of aero, the whole left side of my upper body gets tight and cramped.  I don't notice it in aero, I notice it when I sit up.  Thinking back to Sunday, I actually can't even remember one time I sat up until the final miles - I ate, drank, swapped water bottles, etc all from the aero position, and all using my right arm.  Which means it's very likely my left side didn't move once in 56 miles.  My left arm and upper back was pissed when I got off the bike, but after a few miles of running it went away and actually hasn't made a twinge all week.

Anyway, Dr. Paul was able to decrunchify my back and after a few rounds of ice, anti-inflammatories and a muscle relaxer, it's feeling a lot better, just sore from the beating.  I had actually scheduled a post-race massage for Tuesday but then canceled it because I didn't feel that bad and didn't want to spend the money.  I suppose there's a lesson in there somewhere that I should probably learn about prevention.

2. This.  I can't stop laughing.
3. I saw my breathing doctor this week for a check-up, and he has proclaimed me healed by his magical hands (and steroids).  It only took about two days for me to feel a huge difference in running, and I think I've continued to steadily improve throughout the month.  It's also finally starting to cool off here in DC, so I expect that these two things combined will mean every run I do is perfect and fast and leaves a little trickle of fairy dust coming out of my sweaty ass.
4. Two of my very close friends, Amy and Liz, are race directors for a charity 5K slash family fun day that is happening here in Alexandria at the end of the month.  Mollie did an excellent post late last week about some of the awesome amenities, so I'll be lazy and just send you there to read it, but I'll also tell you to go sign up. It's a PR course in the best racing weather we have all year in DC, AND there are flushing toilets at the start and finish.  If it fits in my schedule, Sofie may be attempting to run her first 5K. I'm not sure what else you can really ask for in a race.  

Happy Friday, my friendly friends!  Who's racing this weekend?  Not me, that's for sure.

18 comments:

  1. Best finisher picture, hands down!! I love your puppy collection (and the fact that you get to add to it due to your awesome race last weekend)!

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  2. My back & shoulders always kill after I ride and I don't even have aeros. LOL! Glad yours is feeling better. I LOVE the finish line photo. It is hilarious and awesome.

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  3. First love the lulu shorts!! Second, that finisher pic is AWESOME

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  4. That is an AMAZING finish line picture. Can you practice doing some of your fueling and bottle reaching with the left and switch off maybe?

    The Kidless Kronicles

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  5. Yes, as I am learning there is something to say about being proactive in your recovery. I tend to think if I feel OK after a race or even 3 days after a race that I don't need that massage or I am ready to pick it up to full speed. Hence, my last couple injuries have happened within a week of races.

    Cute puppy picture!

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  6. And you sold me. .Finally made an appointment myself to get my own breathing issues resolved :)

    I love the finish line picture!

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  7. You and your perfect racing weather! Nautica Malibu international distance tri, here I come, and it will only be 94 degrees in Malibu tomorrow, perfect racing weather!! :P

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  8. Happy Friday! This weekend is my first race of the season. I hope the cold I picked up in my travels goes away by Sunday morning.

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  9. Hands down THE best finish line photo ever! I now wish I would have thought to have mine finish with me last year @ CP...

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  10. Puppies! Have they already picked out the next race they want to finish?

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  11. OMG, love the finisher pic! Please tell me you've already ordered it AND the frame it's going in? Okaygood!

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  12. Crazy impressed you didn't in-aero the entire ride! I hope the muscle issue is getting better.

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  13. I've got a one mile race coming up tomorrow. should be interesting. I can't believe you got an ass pic out of Jen!

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  14. That puppy finish-photo just makes my day. What a framer. You are going to buy the official, overpriced race photo and frame it, right? If not, I might do so for you.

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  15. Oh, how I love that finish photo! So much fun! Dogs make everything better :)

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