Skip to main content

Taper

I have to be truthful to the throngs of master competitor readers and state that I remain torched from the Valle Crucis 15 miler last Saturday. My knees are tweaked and tendons in my feet ache. Most can be attributed to the long descents. Instead of holding back, I went berserk on the downhills and let my feet recklessly slap the pavement with disregard to legs, hips and back. On one section I saw a guy with a "no whining" logo on his back; I blew by while thinking "hope you don't whine when master competitor takes you on the left."

Saw the guy at the awards ceremony when he was awarded a medal for winning the 60+ class. That's when I realized what a dickwad I can be...at least within my own mind.

Had an interesting turn of events this morning. Found two sections of new trail off the greenway in Boone. My off road loop is getting larger and larger, as I am learning to circumnavigate around many of the sections of paved and crushed stone. So instead of taper, today became a 2-hour walk/run. I should have cut back and rested for tomorrow's 8 hour run in Virginia. But as Hyman Roth said to Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part II "this is the business we have chosen."

Ultrarunning is a sometimes unforgiving pastime. The body tries to heal as we push it forward into the race. We compartmentalize pain and adapt our appendages. It's the way of the sport. We compete to see the finish line.

Temps are supposed to soar to the high 80's tomorrow. Most of us won't be prepared for that. And I believe we'll see one aid station on each five mile loop. It'll be a fill the water bottles and walk sort of day.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Let's embrace the path set before us.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nothing to see here, folks

It's been a long time since I've been active on my blog. To be honest, I got tired of putting in the work, creating content, with so little feedback or response. Time to divert to other things...such as my new fiction book, coming out soon. Part horror story, part steamy romance. You'll definitely want a copy.

There's another reason I haven't been posting. My endurance spirit is broken.

Some medical issues, some sadness is loss of speed. I don't have much range left in my pulse rate and I have put on a blob of weight.

I "ran" my 10 mile loop this morning...in 2:18. Is that ugly, or what? An overall fatigue follows the run. I remember a few years ago, I'd bang it out in straight 9's for a 1:30 - and at that time had a long section of medium effort trail included, too.

It's the new normal. It's age appropriate. I'll be 59 in two weeks. Let's get real.

Rode my mountain bike Sunday after church. Don't know what I hit but I went…

Break(down)

You have to look closely (click and enlarge photo if needed), but when you do, check out the 5th metacarpal (bone furthest from thumb).

The diagonal break is symbolic of what happens when your mountain bike handlebars snap around 360 degrees, and those bars catch your hand against the bike frame during the rotation.

Well there you have it. I got up after my ride over the bars and knew something was wrong, but didn't want to admit it. Rode about three miles back to the car, then went a week with some ice and heat. Thought it was good, until I smacked the same bone on the bars during a road ride the following weekend.

Time to stop the charades and get to urgent care.

For the past three weeks, I have been in a formed splint that kept the pinkie and ring fingers immobilized in a hooked formation. Don't want those tendons to move across the bone. As the doc stated, it's a "forgiving" break, but nonetheless you don't want to give the bone any excuse to shift; that…

Fitness setback? Use the healing power of plants

Maybe you're like me. You had achieved a fitness and nutrition peak, but then slid off the mountain. Hey, most of us aren't professional athletes and we aren't paid to be ripped and shredded, right? Life got in the way. I produced my dossier for tenure, then finished several academic publications. And, there is always teaching and a responsilbity to the student experience. I'm not proud of the outcome, but that's how it works for me. When I wrote "Mind Over Diet" the key premise was self-negotiation. You must create your own scenarios that drive action. It's time to start over. My advice is to build your comeback with food, not exercise. Everyone wants to run to the gym and crank the big workouts...how long does that usually last? I'd suggest the food is the ultimate change agent. Eat as close to "alive" as possible; take the processing and chemicals out. Fresh food will bring life back into your body. That's the foundation. Here…