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Training Report: Women Scorned

Morning started bright and early 8:00 MST. Even earlier for my Pacific Coast peeps. Like last week, we hit the trainer for a group 2X20 using the Hell Hath no Fury Sufferfest Video. Nothing gets me going better than fast women.

I woke up a little later than I wanted to, and so when I started, I was feeling as sticky as a jar of Huckleberry Jelly under four feet of snow. I didn’t even have time to finish my normal cup of coffee before starting up. Got about ten minutes of warm up in followed by 1X1 intervals for five minutes. Then it was show time!

At first, all this intense training was fun and exciting. Half way through January, the pain is starting to catch up with my body. I was definitely feeling it this morning. And that’s with not running too much. It was interesting; normally I have a harder time holding my watts while sitting up, out of the aero bars. Today was quite the opposite. I was easily pushing over my FTP while sitting up. In the bars, I was pusing low 200. I’m taking this as a sign that my body is hurting so much that it’s hard to keep form. In the end, I came out a little less than last week. But it was good work nonetheless.

On the running front, things aren’t any better. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I have now been able to localize my pain better. I’m hurting all the time on the lateral, proximal aspect of my gastrocnemius.

I think the pain is definitely secondary to my increased pace. As you all know, I decided to just start running faster after Ironman Arizona. I felt I was at a mental limit rather than a physical limit. Before Arizona, my easy runs were at 9:10. Intervals were at 7:12. Most of my intervals were things like one mile on and then five minutes off before going again. I changed up to making my easy pace around 8:10. Instead of spacing intervals, I just ran constant, like three miles at 7:20 straight through.

This was definitely a drastic change for me and for a while, it worked. But let me be an example of the ramifications of running above your limit. I’m in a world of hurt. I ran three times this week, each time for about 3-4 miles. Hardest effort was about 8:12 for two miles. Last night, I had some of the worse pain in my knee ever. It still hurts the most when I try to pull my foot out of my shoe and with twisting.

I think another culprit is my gait. I have noticed that my gait has been changing over the last few months. To see if I could figure out what was going on, I took a look at my shoe to see what was…ahem.….afoot.  (I couldn’t resist). Here are the shoes I used from CDA through Arizona.

The old pair.

From the wear pattern, it appears that with my left foot, I am landing more on the outside of my forefoot and rolling in less (pronating) compared to my right shoe. Notice the missing tread on the outside of the left shoe versus the right.

This even shows up on my new shoes, which I have run only three times on.

The new pair.

Interestingly, it also that inverted position that causes me pain when I pull my foot out my shoe. I’m not sure what is going on or exactly how I fix this. A long time ago, I used to run with guidance shoes, and this may be a fix. I also have been neglecting my inserts lately. I’m hopeful that using them again will help, but I did use them nearly all the time in my last pair of shoes, ie the shoes that I became injured in. It may have been a combination of excess lateral wear and increased running that finally broken my leg down.

Whatever the problem is, I need to get better. To do so, I am first going to continue taking things easy this week. I will start running very gently in in my new shoes with the orthotics. I am also going to see sports medicine this week for some input. Finally, I am going to start pounding the anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. Hopefully I will have some progress to report soon. PS. I kind of like Newton Gravity shoes…

One. Two. Three. Three loud shoes ah ah ah ah!

Okay, back to studying. There are a couple of new features I have coming down the pike for the site. I think you will enjoy them. Stay tuned!

PS: Speaking of new shoes, don’t forget that you can get free shipping at on orders over 75.00 using my shipping code. Just enter IRONGIVESASHIP at checkout. Tell em I sent ya!

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another

Its been an exciting weekend and start to the week. First up, on Saturday, my Pacific coast buddies and I got up bright and early for a virtual group ride. Prescription was for 2×20 minutes at Zone 4. To help with our self mutilation, we enlisted the “Hell Hath No Fury” Sufferfest video.

Getting the party started...

This was actually my first Sufferfest video experience. It was great. It was brutal. I highly recommend for some motivation during the winter. Overall the session was outstanding. It was great to have the company and push of others while hammering away. Of course, it was also great to play with the fun chat features. Like so….

I go gaga over pain...

Finished up hurting good. Powertap showed one of my strongest non testing sessions yet. This maybe due to the longer break in between the 20 minutes intervals.

Pain. Always better with friends.

For Sunday, believe it or not, I took the day off to get some rest. That dang left knee is still bugging me. I had planned to go skiing with the kiddos, but thanks to knee pain…as well as wallet pain, I decided to just rest. Of course, by rest I mean partake in a great pizza from 2nd Street in Whitefish paired with a fresh tapped Hop Trip. Seriously, if your ever in Whitefish, hit these guys up for some great pie.

Today, it was definitely a “nose to the grindstone” type of Monday. I had enough paperwork to start my own government bureaucracy. Fortunately, I was able to sneak in a power lunch with a side of turkey sandwich. What was the prescription? That’s right…double trouble:

My bike and I probably need to come up with a "safety word."

While my last ride was a celebration of motivation and technology, this one was fail. Laptop was dead: no angry biking gals to watch. iPad was back at the office. Just me, a towel, and Electronic Cardio on Pandora. Felt pretty good for doing two of these so close. I’m certain its my mind just becoming used to these things, but I will take what I can get.

In other news today, I managed to finally sign up for the Grizzly Triathlon on time. For the past few years, I have been wait listed because I didn’t register in the first 30 minutes. You heard me; this baby sells out like IM Lake Placid….with 1000 Kona spots. And when I mean wait listed, I mean wait listed with a vengeance. I think I was like 145th on the list last year. Fortunately, THAT many people dropped out and I still raced. It’s a great time, lots of people, and I get to be in the same vicinity as pros like Linsey Corbin for more than 15 seconds. Thats about how long it took her to pass me, tie her shoe lace, make a phone call, and disappear from site on the IM Arizona run course)

Okay, enough chatter. Off to make some dinner and get to writing about some much cooler news…..


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