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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…

Friday: Rest.

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.


  • Time: 11:40
  • 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.

Anyone else have head trauma stories?

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