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Feeling weak...

Posted Oct 27 2009 12:00am
In non-typical fashion, I did my run this morning. Right from the beginning my legs were stiff and flat. I prefer not to run in the morning, my legs tend to be tight and I'd rather have an all day warm up to avoid injury.

Before I hit the road, I put on two heart rate monitors, a Garmin and a Polar. I've been getting upset that my Garmin hasn't been working properly and didn't want to go on another run without a backup.

Right from the beginning, the Polar was displaying differently. It was lower than the Garmin and I know the Polar is accurate. It took about 10 minutes before the Garmin started displaying the same heart rate as the Polar. I've decided that I'm going to change the battery in the Garmin's chest strap one more time and if I still doesn't work properly, I'm returning it.

My run was really a shuffle and near the end, a small area on my quads were temporarily a little sore. Just as I finished a long and extensive stretching session, I got a call from work, they told me a couple of people were waiting in the lobby for me. I knew I had an appointment, but thought it was a half hour later. Worse part was that they were out of town visitors and it was an important meeting. I spoke to them on the phone, told them I was running a little late and was only 15 minutes away. The truth is that I live about 20 minutes away from work and still had to shower and get dressed.

Needless to say, I used my triathlon transition skills and had a 30 second shower. Literally. I just wet my hair and rinsed the sweat off me, no soap or shampoo. I quickly changed and was out the door in under 4 minutes. I drove 80-90 mph (125-140 kph) on the highway, I'm glad there was no cops, and got to work in under 15 minutes. They were relaxing and talking to my partner in the boardroom and no one was the wiser.

I did my bike ride after work and my legs were still flat. On the bike I didn't even have to worry about my heart rate getting too high, my legs had no strength to push hard enough to get it high. I'm not sure why my legs are so flat feeling, but I have a couple of ideas.

It may be from 8 months of training, averaging over 600 miles per month with no break. I noticed that after today's workout, I'm already at 621 miles for the month. By the end of the month, I'll be close to breaking 700 miles. The only other explanation is I'm starting to detox and lose weight from eating healthy, which is causing my body to focus more on getting rid of fat and toxins rather than repairing muscle damage.

I don't want to keep sounding like a broken record, but I can hardly wait until November 14th when I can take a month long active recovery break. I wish it was longer but by mid-December I need to start training for Ironman China.

My body really needs to repair and rejuvenate. Surprisingly my mind is okay.

Mod Run - 1:00:41 / 7.13 miles / 8:31 pace / 137 avg hr
Mod Bike - 1:51:44 / 56.60 km / 30.4 kph / 121 avg hr
3 Perfect days of eating healthy


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