Disaster strikes……

Despite my best efforts, and despite trying to avoid the inevitable, the inescapable has happened.

 

I have turned 32.

But in spite of this truly horrific occurrence I am feeling mostly positive.

I say mostly because although my training has been going better than expected (Especially in the run department), my shin splints are back with a vengeance.

And I know why.

I have been so sensible, making sure I stretch correctly before every run, making sure I pace myself and don’t push myself to far to fast.

That is, until my birthday.

Knowing that I would be celebrating with the family that evening (cake, wine and takeaway, oh how I have missed you), thus having no time to train, I decided to have a lunchtime workout.

This left me with a 35 minute window so I decided that I should do as much as I could in that time.

So with minimal warm-up and stretching I set the treadmill so I’d cover 7km in 30mins with a 2% incline.

And within minutes I was in pain. I knew I should stop but I wanted to cover my daily distance so I kept on.

I managed about 6.5km in the end, and was it worth it.

No.

My shins stopped hurting after about 9 minutes so I just kept on.

That is, they stopped hurting until after I had finished my run.

And then they let me know in no uncertain terms what a wally I had just been.

And not just my left shin, they are both painful me know in equal measure.

I now feel I have set myself back a bit due to my own stupidity.

 

Strangely, this setback may work to my benefit in the long run.

Right from the start I have carefully set my goals and targets, and taken note of what I was capable of and what I should be aiming for week on week (working to the 10% increase rule).

And the one time I went against my careful planning it has ended in the full return of an avoidable problem.

Lesson learned.

From now on I will be sticking to my plan.

It’s a shame as I was really starting to love the running part of my training, but I guess I’ll just have to focus on my swimming (read: thrashing wildly and ineffectively whilst in water) and my cycling for a few days.

 

Now, it’s off to bed for me. I have my first outdoor swim tomorrow.

 

 

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2 comments on “Disaster strikes……

  1. ee3dmw says:

    Sorry if you already know this, but I came from a non-swimming background and used to wonder why very unfit looking 60 year olds would pass me in the pool with relative ease. Well they still pass me but I don’t look like I’m drowning as much as I used to! I taught myself the total immersion technique from Terry Laughlin’s book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Total-Immersion-Revolutionary-Better-Faster/dp/0743253434. This video sums it up quite well, if you look at the underwater bit at about 48 seconds you can see how little effort this guys uses to glide through the water. Its not the fastest stroke but is really efficient which is the name of the game in triathlon.

  2. mockbravado says:

    Thank you very much.
    I’ll be sure to check this out tonight.
    It may just be the help I need.

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