A Little Grand Targhee Sidecountry Action
The last four weeks of training has been crazy!Week 1
-Tibia Posterior strain; Honestly a good week of training despite the muscle strain largely due to the fact the elliptical trainer didn't bother the strain. Ended up with 90+ miles with one solid workout but no climbing. This strain wasn't from a single workout or run, but rather a week of 120 miles, 2 hard workouts and a 30 mile one way mountain run.
-"Knee Muscle" strain; The week before US Cross I managed to strain a small muscle just above my knee cap (it runs under the knee cap too apparently). This week's strain was largely due to going a bit too big on my long run (was eager to get after it since my previous strain was gone).
Marcus Allen is fully responsible for the miraculous healing of this unique knee muscle strain: I no kidding hobbled over to see Marcus Allen shortly after I got the strain, he threw down some ART on the muscle, the muscle released, relaxed, etc... and I walked out of his office healed. I was back at it, albeit I was just tapering for Cross, the next morning. Cross went relatively well (see post before this one) that weekend.
-Hamstring strain; The day after cross I was on a mission to have a blockbuster training week with regards to mileage, climbing and speed. Considering the previous two weeks and the fact I just raced a 12K, my ambitions were asinine.
-Tuesday I ran my hardest sustained effort run up Green. In bitter cold I ran in mostly untracked fresh snow measuring shin to knee deep, Bear Canyon was particularly deed, from my house to Chautauqua, Greenman, Green, Bear, Mesa and back home. The run took 2:45 with no water or nutrition at a sustained hard effort.
-Wednesday 15.5 mile recovery day
-Thursday I ran 7x1 mile repeats in the bitter cold with Aaron and George. The trail was a bit snowy and the repeats were at medium hard effort with splits between 5:39 and 6:08. 15.5 total miles Thursday.
|Grand Tetons From "Mary's Nipple"|
-Friday, after 4hrs of sleep Maggie, Felix and I started our 8hr+ drive to Jackson Hole Wyoming. In Laramie, I ran a cool 13 mile loop recommend by my buddy Carl Leglieter. The flat smooth terrain felt so fast and easy and I coasted in with a 6:42 mile average pace. Did another 7 for a 20 mile day in Rock Springs where I felt my hamstring getting "tight".
-Saturday, before skiing at Jackson Hole, I ran a miserable 7 mile run where my hamstring totally tightened up.
I took Sunday and Monday "off" but skied and snowboarding at Grand Targhee and skinned up to awesome back county skiing Monday.
Again Marcus Allen repaired my slight strain (it helped I took two days off) and I was back to normal Thursday. 11 miles Friday, great run up and around Green with Levi Saturday for 15 and today I plan on running with Dave and Bob Affrica for at least another 15.
I need to be patient... that really is it.
I have never been one to be "injured", ever, and this strain-a-thon is really not cool.
All and all, I still have my fitness, but it has been a bit of a on-off roller coaster ride the last 4 weeks. One decent week of training this week, a week of taper and then off to Texas for Nueces!
|Bros (Rob Parish, Me, Matt Bourquin, Jeremy Wolf)|