The doctor said, “So how far is a marathon? How many kilometers is it, like 20?” Seriously. And they took eight x-rays of my ankle and knee and said I have a “potential” problem with my knee. Uh…? Oh yeah, they also say there is no stress fracture in the “tib/fib.” I kept telling the x-ray lady, “no, right there, not my knee, not my ankle, right there!” Comical. Anyway, I’m supposed to go see an orthopedic doctor (Dr. Spears in Pieter’s group). Hmmm….
I did 35 minutes steady “run” in Barton Springs yesterday morning. I was frozen the rest of the day, heater on in the car, sweats and blankets while working from home. Today’s ladder workout in Dick Nichols pool was much more pleasant, and it actually seemed somewhat beneficial. I read that you can get a higher heart rate in warmer water, plus I rode my bike prior to and swam a little bit afterwards. Aqua jogging isn’t as terrible as I thought it’d be, but maybe I’m not working hard enough or long enough. I just follow the schedule.
You know, when you’re out of the group for a couple of weeks, all the workouts you read about seem really intense, verging on insane, and it all seems like an absurd amount of running. I think to myself, “man, I’ll never be able (want?) to do that again.” It’s just really impossible to have any sort of intensity in the water, and I find the same is true on the bike. Twenty miles last night and it was like jogging the three mile loop. Actually, I guess that is about equivalent, twenty miles just isn’t that far on a bike. Obviously I’m soft.
Thanks to everyone for all the words of encouragement and the birthday wishes. Oh yeah, my birthday. I didn’t get a new Garmin or anything, but I did get a nice little present from above: I was sitting outside my office building, sipping on a coke, trying to warm up in the sun, when the stars aligned, the heavens opened … and a bird pooped on my head. Touching isn’t it?