aggressive recovery

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So it’s now been over 2 weeks on zero running (almost 3, and actually only one run in the last 24 days, but who’s counting).  I’m definitely itching to run but not going as crazy as I thought I would be.  I am a good place with everything and the fact that I can still ride my bike a lot definitely helps.  I am for sure staying fit and would argue that this is probably good for my body.  I charged from August right up until the time when I got injured the weekend of the Bandit 50k.  I really didn’t take a significant off season.  I just kept rolling from The North Face 50 miler into the Avalon 50 miler.  So even though I’m still out there logging the miles on my bike my body is getting a much needed break from the pounding. I am sure I’ll loose some of my running specific fitness by the time I come back but I am definitely keeping the body moving.  The transition back should be pretty quick and more with a more balanced attack.

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I have taken voluntary breaks from running in the past and once up to 6 months.  Both times it was to focus on bike racing and both times I was able to return to running and within a month was back to full speed.  My longest break was from the fall/winter of 2009 to the spring of 2010.  I remember starting back up in April after not running for 6 months and at the end of May I won the Xterra Mission Gorge 15k. All that to say than I am not worried about being outta shape or race ready when I come back.  The only real bummers are the wasted dollars on entry fees and not being able to get my legs ripped off by maggie on a weekly basis.

I’m continue to approach my recovery aggressively.  I am the doing the needful.  I have been doing plenty of stretching, rolling, and mobility work each day.  I have also been strapping myself to the Compex daily.  I can definitely tell a difference after using it.  It seems anything that cause more blood to flow is helping (compex, riding, massage, acupuncture, etc).  I know that will also aid in a quick recovery.  The best thing about the Compex is that I can use it while watching Duck Dynasty & Person of Interest.  The folks at Compex are offering a 20% discount through the end of the month (March 31).  Just use the discount code below:

COMP20 (expires 3/31)

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Last week I also had my first ever acupuncture appointment.  After hearing great things from quite a few athletes about the work Greg Bourque does I made an appointment.  It was interesting.  He put a bunch of needles pretty deep in my quad and on the inside of my knee and then hooked me to the estim unit.  I laid there for a half an hour with current running deep in my muscles.  It was interesting and I got off the table and had no pain in my leg.  Ever since that appointment the pain has been even less noticeable in my leg and is still progressing everyday.  I had another appointment yesterday.  It seems to be helping.  I’m stoked to keep doing everything I can to heal up while learning more about my body and makes it work.

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week of 3/11-17:

Monday: AM: 1:28, 25.8 miles, 1.381ft. Carlsbad hood loop.  so dark! LUNCH: 30 min strength –  core/upperbody

Tuesday: AM: 1:46, 26.25 miles, 3,041 ft. Solid climbing ride. out up and over SE/TwinOaks and then up Double Peak. LUNCH 25 min core, light lowerbody, and day1/week1 of “hunderdpushups” – 51 push ups.

Wednesday: AM: 1:45, 30.5 miles, 1,634 ft.  Mellow cruise around inland encinitas/carlsbad and home on the coast. LUNCH: 25 min gnar core sesh, stretching

Thursday: AM: 1:55, 28.5 miles, 3,504 ft same ride as tuesday but hit Double Peak both times up. LUNCH: 30min strength –  core/upperbody, day2/week1 of “hunderdpushups” – 53 push ups.

Friday: AM: 1:51, 31 miles, 2,346 ft.  Had no plan and just linked up a new route.  another super foggy morning.

Saturday: 4:14, 70 miles, 5,595 ft. SE, Twin Oak, Gophers, SLR, Circle R, 395, Twin Oaks.  Solid ride with RV, Scott, Christine, Lisa.  Good legs a bit rough starting out after big night out.  RV definitely made me work on the climbs.

Sunday:  2:18, 39 miles, 1,844 ft. Mega sleep then mellow sprinters loop+ with Brad.

Zero Miles  running 

15:15, 252 miles, 19,245  ft cycling

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Another solid week on the bike and I’m actually liking all the early mornings.  Get up & get it done.  Bike fitness is definitely improving but it’s kind of a time suck.  I’m looking forward to the balance of riding and running once my legs is all healed up.

Old Goats is this weekend and I’m bummed to be missing it but I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out.  All the fast dudes will be throwing down.  Chris Price wrote a post with his predictions for the race.

Sunday Fun.  Brad & Maggie both showing how it’s done.

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3 thoughts on “aggressive recovery

  1. Story and word of caution on acupuncture. Emily had knee pain and went to acupuncturist and it worked great. Problem is that it works great to cover up pain and doesn’t actually cure what’s causing it. She kept running on it and ended up with surgery in the end anyway. I’m a big believer in it and have no doubts it’s awesome, just be aware how you are applying it. My favorite related tool is to stop a headache by using the pressure point between the thumb and forefinger.

    Glad to see you’re doing well, man!

  2. Hundredpushups, hmmmm….I don’t need another distraction. Looking at those weekly numbers, I’m realizing your lifestyle involves a lot of exercise.

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