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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Back in the Pool

Since my running is at zero, I figured I should do something other than just bike, so I'm back to swimming.  First swim today since the summer, when I did the Peterborough Sprint Tri.

Swimming and I have a love-hate relationship.  I don't hate swimming, but I don't really enjoy slogging over to the pool and dealing with all the people in the lanes.  It seems to get busier and busier (and the people in the pool seem to get more and more ignorant).

Today went OK, I felt like I remembered quite a lot (including things I do that I wish I'd forgotten!).  Focused mainly on position and form, as I'm pretty bad at it.  I felt good on my one-side drills, but as soon as I added the switch it all came apart like it used to, so still a lot of work to be done.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 and Still Shelved

Knee pain.  Blech.

I first hurt it at the New York City Marathon back in November.  It hurt, a lot, I pushed through it (you don't invest that much to be in a race and DNF!) and dragged my carcass to the finish.

I thought it was going to be a few weeks of icing and ibuprophen, then back on the horse.  Instead it's been dragging on and on with no end in sight.  Trying physio, but so far that hasn't given much in the way of results... so next up is what will no doubt be an excruciating massage.

The bright side:

  • I wasn't planning to do a 2012 marathon, and certainly not a spring marathon, so the break isn't impacting what I want to do... so far
  • I can still bike.  It hurts from time to time, but mostly it's OK... so I signed up for Paris to Ancaster again - my 7th year, wouldn't miss it!
The not so bright side:
  • I'm scrubbing the Peterborough 1/2 marathon from my schedule.  I've done that race since I started running back in 2007, so a bit disappointing.  There's no way my mileage will be there and it's not worth the risk.
Hopefully this passes soon so I can start re-building the mileage.  It's going to be a long slow build, but none of my goals this year are based on mega-run-mileage, so I'm still hopeful!