Lavaman Training - Week 11

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Every week I feel like there is something that is holding me back. I know that 90% of it is me and the way I approach these things, but then there's the other 10%. This week it was lingering illness and a mystery ankle injury that made things challenging.

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I had a great swim on Tuesday morning, but the evening ended up getting away from me and I just didn't have time to run. Excuses, I know, but I'm owning up to it and moving on. Wednesday I had a good bike ride despite still feeling tired from my long run and ride the previous weekend.

I slept through my alarm on Thursday morning and missed my swim, but managed to get my run in. Fortunately the workout (4 x 8:00 @ tempo) felt a little easier than I expected it to...except when I was running uphill into a stiff headwind. Tempoing into a headwind or uphill alone is never fun, but once you combine those it becomes torturous! When I got home my left foot hurt a little, but I figured it was just because of the grippers I've been wearing on my shoes to prevent death by falling on the ice. When I woke up on Friday morning I could hardly walk when I got out of bed. Things loosened up a little, but it was pretty painful. I again figured it was just some angry muscles from wonky running form on uneven surfaces and slippery ice. When I got home on Friday I looked at my ankle and realized that it was both swollen and bruised. I still have no idea how that happened. I have been icing and taking ibuprofen ever since to try and get it to feel normal again. That little episode turned Friday into an unintentional rest day.

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Saturday was another planned rest day because Sunday was my first brick workout. Eek! I survived, but I must tell you that running after you bike is no joke. I did alright, but there was a lot of walking and feeling like I was running through quicksand. I suppose that is why one practices these sorts of things...because they are hard and get slightly easier with practice. 

Next week is a recovery week for me and I'm REALLY looking forward to that! I can't believe that in almost exactly 2 months I'll be done with this race!