IronPerson Trains: Wk 7 (AKA never underestimate the power of a concussion)
Posted May 10 2010 2:40pm
So, just to get everybody up to speed: last Saturday (the 1st) I had a minor bike crash and suffered a minor concussion. This is the first diagnosed concussion in my life. I’m sure there may have been times in the past (like when I got checked in the head with a lacrosse stick and blacked out…for example). But, this is the first time that I have gone to the doctor for head trauma.
I didn’t go to the doctor until a couple days later when I realized something wasn’t quite right. I had a killer headache and could barely stomach any food. And yep, my brain got a little scrambled during the accident.
Despite suggestions by a judge and coworkers, I just kept on trucking through the week. Because I still operate on the rule my parents had when I was a kid: If you are too sick to go to school, you are too sick to go to sports practice. I, of course, always thought I was too sick for school, but oh so a-ok for sports. So, if I wanted to keep training, I had to keep working. So, I kept working.
I had some times where I nearly fell asleep in court. I had some (many) times where I got lost in a conversation with a client. I had times where I was just so foggy I didn’t know what was going on.
But, I kept working and I kept training. Because, in my heart of hearts, I didn’t think the concussion was causing all of this. I have lamented before my belief that all of my ills stem from dehydration. So, I thought, ok, this is just me being dehydrated. This is just me needing a bit more coffee. None of it worked.
And then, this Sunday, I woke up. And I felt normal. And I could think again. And my head wasn’t killing me. And I wasn’t so tired that I just wanted to lay on the couch all day. It was pretty amazing to get the normal function of my brain back.
And that’s when I realized I was pretty concussed all week last week. I probs shouldn’t have been working…or training…but…hey, hindsight and 50/50 and all that.
Anyway, the training was rough this week because I really did want to sleep all week. And I probably needed more recovery. Hopefully this week will be better!
Recovery Spin: 45 minutes easy on the Trainer
Abs: 30 minutes
Run w/ Strides: 5.32mi in 45 min @ 8:27/mi (super hot and humid…)
Swim Intervals: 3400 m in 85min (WU, CD, Drills, with 10X100, 10X50)
Bike Tempo Ride: 66min total. 30 min warmup, 30min tempo @ 21.2mph
Thursday: Rest. The training through the concussion started to catch up with me and I really needed the day off…
Saturday: Brick Workout!
Long ride: 59mi in 3:30 @ 16.8mph. This was ROUGH. I was sooo tired, my body just wouldn’t move. I did a lot of drafting just to get by…
Brick Run: 3mi in 23:57 @ 7:59/mi. Since this was run after the long ride, it was about noon and SOOOO FLIPPING HOT. I seriously thought I might die.
Longish Run: 7.28 mi in 60 min @ 8:22/mi. It is so surprising to me that (despite my crappy-ass showing at the marathon in march) my easy runs are now consistently at BQ pace. Makes me confident that I will re-BQ in the fall to solidify a 2012 qual. As long as my brain doesn’t get in the way.
Run Distance: 15.6mi
Swim Distance: 6768yds
Bike Distance: 92.1mi
Now that I’m in my right mind and see that I was impaired last week, I realize I should maybe have been more scared about the circumstances. Oh well, I’ll know for next time. Though, hopefully there won’t be a next time.