Written on Wednesday, May 21st. (At Sea)
It’s been five weeks of no running. It’s been hard on my soul, but I’ve been dealing quite well with the direction I’m in. I wouldn’t say that it’s a total waste of training, shortly after I was injured I completed my Lactate Threshold Testing at Kinesio Sport Lab. This allows me to understand my heart rate zones and train in the correct zones, depending on my training requirements.
Here is a brief synapses, right off KSL’s webpage:
The Blood Lactate Threshold Test is an incremental exercise test to determine personalized heart rate training zones. This test is conducted using a treadmill, a CompuTrainer (bring your own bike) or a Monark stationary bike. At specified intervals the physiologist records your heart rate and blood lactate level. Heart rate is recorded using a heart rate monitor and a droplet of blood is taken from your fingertip, using a lancet, to record your blood lactate level. The lactate in your blood is analyzed and used to identify your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, which are important for designing training programs and race strategies.
A huge thanks to Coach Jeff, for pushing me through the test and explaining what all those numbers mean and what I need to do to reach my goals!
I now know what I need to do.
I just need to actually do it. How funny it is that I could be so gung-ho in my training mode to being so heart broken about my injury that I’m questioning my motives in racing altogether. I haven’t completely thrown in the towel on my training, but I’m still surfacing from last months depression (See entry: (Wo)man Down from April)
Physiotherapy: My road to recovery.
I’ve attended four physiotherapy appointments with continued improvement. Maura Connolly-Wieczorek is both physiotherapist and owner of Bluenose Physiotherapy and an amazing support system for me. She was easy to talk to and made talking about my injury easy. She was positive but always honest and I’m glad that I listened to the recommendation from my friends to contact her for assistance.
Thank you Maura!
I’ve been practicing my exercises and have been on the painful end of some dry needling, something my dear friend is also participating in. Her reaction is laughter and tears. Mine is excessive sweating. Either way, we’re both seeing positive results and swear by the treatment. Maura has been nothing but fantastic throughout this entire experience. Beyond the physical limitations I’m facing there is a larger issue that I’m dealing with – the mental roadblock.
After three treatments, I was ready to give it my “new” knee a test run but I just didn’t make the time. Swimming, biking and taking some poor bloke to the ER as a result of a bike accident, all became reasonable excuses. Maura allowed me to run – strongly encouraged me to try – with the full assurance that I could stop when/if my knee started to bother me. My swelling had decreased, my IT band was improving and the treatments were working. In addition to that, I managed to build up my weak glut muscles.
So here I am on a cruise ship floating just off of Corfu, Greece psyching myself up to try the outdoor track. I’ve participated in a cycling class and ample paddling around our pool but know that I’ve got to get back to the running soon; the big day is less than 8 weeks away.
I promise I will run on this trip, but I’m also promising to enjoy this vacation. This is a trip of a lifetime, with my incredibly supportive family that we’ve been looking forward to since dad’s retirement was announced. Five Mediterranean cities, three countries on one of the biggest cruise ships in the world (maiden voyage, no less!) with many tours, amazing meals and shopping. None of which will be overshadowed with my triathlon-training plan!
The timing of this trip isn’t ideal, training wise, but that’s life and I’m going to have to make it work. I will have just over 35 days to train when I return from vacation and I know that I can get back on track and complete this race. Certainly not in my original (slightly stretch) goal, but I will finish and enjoy the journey.
Stay tuned for my near-future running adventures!