Friday, February 27, 2009

Of Blogs and Training.

As I've mentioned before, I decided to start writing my own thoughts of the road to the Ironman after reading a buttload of other blogs and race reports from other "normal-everyday" people. For the most part, I've been reading a lot of stuff on the Beginner Triathlete website and it's been interesting to say the least. I haven't joined, mainly since I've been doing these since 1985, and I really don't feel like adding yet another User Name and Password to my already gigantic portfolio of User Names and Passwords. The BT site is pretty comprehensive, has an awesome training section, decent forums, and the race reports are very well done. I'd rather keep the old fashion pen and paper methods, since I don't always boot up the computer and if I had to count on remembering what I did yesterday, or the day before, I'd be royally screwed. As I've also mentioned before, I didn't start this blog for any particular reason other than I really wanted to come back at some time in the future and see what it was I was thinking exactly.

Training has been pretty good so far. Swimming has proven to be the best improvement so far with the distances increasing, the only problems I've seem to have is remembering what lap I'm on and how boring it has started to become. The two issues are probably related, I forget my lap count because I get bored. With February drawing to a close, it will be time to get the bikes all lubed and ready for the season. The Trek is in great shape already, but I need to add the bottle cages and the bike computer that I just bought. My bike shop actually talked me out of the uber-expensive GPS computer, for the less expensive wireless computer that pretty much does everything I want anyway. It would also explain why they are my bike shop.

Last week I sort of bragged that I had managed to stay injury free in regards to running. Well, I was wrong. Of course, it's not my feet, or Achilles tendon this time, no, it is something that I had a long time ago when I was just running and not stretching. Now, I stretch and my IT band has started to create the same old problems that sidelined me for almost two months. Fortunately, it is early in the running cycle, so I won't lose anything by giving the legs a rest. Using one of the pool noodles to roll along my leg has helped, because I'm not paying $25 to buy a foam roller from the local sports store. Now, I have to stretch pretty much 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes a shot to keep the good parts working and the failing parts from coming completely unhinged. While I'll admit that I haven't been very attentive to stretching any part of my body other than my heels and feet, it was a little surprising that the familiar pain outside my knee was there.

The past few days, the temperature has skyrocketed up to the 50's and the sun has been out. Today, it is raining with some sleet expected for later. Regardless, I will be bringing either the Pebble, my trusty Bridgestone, or the Trek out for some rides in the coming month. Even though I ordered a new idler pulley and seat for the exercise bike 10 days ago, it still hasn't arrived, but it is usable after I cleaned it up and pulled/untwisted the belt. Madagascar 2 was o.k, but they should have stopped with the first one. I'm getting tired of riding around the basement. Maybe I will lube up the other bikes too so that I can get the kids off and riding when the weather ultimately breaks.

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