Nude Numbers (#10)

by abclarke

For reference, here’s last week’s data. Curious what this post is about? Click here

Summary

Time to face facts: I have bad tendonitis, not a stress fracture. This puts the marathon at great risk. And given the big risk, I’m going to take a big chance. I’m going to concentrate training on the marathon, and risk the bike ride. That means I’ll attempt a long run this Saturday. It’s a make-or-break it run.

The other big change this week is I reviewed progress on training, and adjusted targets moving forward (see the dashboard) to better reflect the post-injury world. I also decided to take this week out of the weight room to give my body time to rebuild from a hard 13 weeks of lifting.

Subjective Data

  1. My leg handled a lot of New York walking, swimming, and a little biking this week. It’s slightly sore, but not worryingly so. However, the fact that it gets sore after swimming pretty much guarantees it’s tendonitis, not a stress fracture.
  2. I learned how to kick while swimming this week, and as expected it’s much harder than with flotation devices. My yardage came down (again within expectations). Still, I think my progress here has been great (if I don’t say so myself).
  3. Another great lifting week, but aches and pains are starting to appear. See assessment for how I’ll deal with that.
  4. Weight and body fat headed in the right direction again. But yet again, I pig out on weekends. It was hard not to this week as I spent 8 hours at Giant’s Stadium on Saturday (seeing the NJ Red Bulls against David Bechkam’s LA Galaxy in a high-scoring but no-defense football game) and 8 hours sailing around Long Island Sound on Sunday. Still, I need to tackle this.

Objective Data

Click here for a PDF version of my dashboard.

Assessment

I have bad tendonitis, not a stress fracture ā€“ this is demonstrated by the fact that kicking in the pool aggravates my leg. This is definitely bad news for the marathon. The first long-run (17 miles) is this Saturday, and if I can’t make those, I have no hope for the marathon.

I spoke with my trainers and we’re going to try a new (but high risk) approach. I’m going to restrict running to once a week ā€“ on the long runs. I’m going to slow my bike riding to the minimum needed for the Sep 7, 8 and 9th ride (which should just be Central Park loops). And I’m going to spend the remaining time in the weight room and the pool where the stress on my lower leg is minimized.

I’m admittedly quite worried about the long runs, and this upcoming Saturday will be a major test.

I learned to kick while swimming was hard this week, but fun. I can now keep my hips level with the top of the water as I traverse the pool and my overall coordination is a lot better. As I thought, my yardage had to drop. Just doing 250 yards was really difficult (I can do 2x that easily with floats). If I keep this up, maybe I’ll start doing tri’s next season. Lots of thanks to Space for recommending Total Immersion, which gave me a solid set of drills and a good understanding of why I’m doing them.

My lifting continues to be a blast, but I have lots of aches appearing. My lower back and deltoids feel sore in the morning. Thinking about it, I went through my logs and realized I hadn’t taken a break from lifting since May 13th (13 weeks, but there were two light weeks in July).

As I mentioned, I pigged out last weekend and you can see it in my early week numbers. But some great eating habits got me in range again by the next weekend. WHERE I PIGGED OUT AGAIN. Clearly I need to work on this weekend eating stuff.

For anyone who’s following, I’m also trying to compete in The Six Pack Charity Challenge to raise more money for charity. If you’re interested, go checkout that Facebook group.

As usual, if you have suggestions, leave a comment, or reach me at “art (at) abclarke.com”.

Plan

I’m making big changes in my plan this week.

  1. Time to recognize that my targets for running, biking, spinning, and body fat are off course and I need new ones. I adjusted them all for my new plan to get to the marathon. You can see the new numbers in the “gray” areas of my dashboard.
  2. This week is going to be a rest week, expect for Saturday where I’ll try a 17 mile run. I run a high risk of injury on that run, but if I don’t do it, the marathon is completely shot. Essentially I’m risking the ride to still have a shot at the run.
  3. Do light biking this week, if weather permits, but I’m not going to worry if I miss it.
  4. Do light swimming (20-40 yards) this week just to keep mobile
  5. Stay out of the weight room for one week. Believe it or not, this is harder for me to accept than you’d think.
  6. Keep 2,000-2,250 calories-per-day target to keep weight under control, especially next weekend. I’m going to shoot for staying within target all days except Saturday, but to be only off by 1,000-1,500 calories on Saturday assuming I get the 17 mile run in.
  7. Keep smiling.

Presentation Notes

No changes to data presentation this week. As with last week, data is presented in SOAP Note format.

– Art

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