Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm in!

Not with the "in" crowd, but the Vineman Full AquaBike! Yeah, baby!!

That didn't take long and now I don't have to sweet talk someone into doing the run part of the Full Relay instead.

I'm so stoked. And a little scared. Which is good because that's part of why I do these things -- to push me out of my comfort zone.

Now I have 6-7 weeks to get ready. This means I can't slack off on my weekend Open Water Swims. I've got two planned with a group in June, but I need to find a group for this weekend and three weekends in July.

I have been doing some research and, between what I've read and what I've experienced, I think I need to stop doing all high-intensity interval type of work and even some, if not all, of my tempo work. The standard recommendation when coming back from an injury is to start with long, steady distance (LDS) work and only add in tempo work once you can do LSD without issues. Then only add in interval/speed work once the tempo work is going well

Since all my setbacks have happened when I'm doing tempo or interval work, I can see the logic in that approach even though it goes against what I naturally want to do. Plus, it's the least efficient way to make speed gains -- gains I desperately need to make.

So it looks like I'll be doing a long bike ride and long swim every weekend and taking it easy on my weekday swim and bike workouts for a while. I'm also going to stop doing strength training on my legs and only do upper body work because my last kettlebell swing session made my calf hurt for two days and I can't have that.

I hope this approach, combine with absolutely no running for the month of June, can finally get me healed up while still making fitness gains where I can.
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