Week 8 of the winter plan. Given some knee pain, and a general feeling of aches all over my body, I decided to take a week off working out. Read on for why.
By last Sunday evening, my normal rest day, the pain in my knee was still there, and I felt aches all over. I was also feeling rather cranky and having some trouble sleeping for the days before then. Based on that, I made the call to take a week off training, since they’re all classic over-training symptoms.
My eating stayed ok for the week, but because I wasn’t working out as much (but didn’t change the amount I ate) my weight as expected crept up a little.
Blue lines == actuals; Gray areas == my target range for that week.
My plan from last week had been to take it easier so really I just modified it slightly.
But I really think I made the right call to cut out a week. Did I mention I’m trying to listen to my body more? (OK, admittedly it’s a little depressing to see all my blue lines above go to zero.)
At this stage, there is no pain in my knee, and most of the aches are gone. My right adductors and glutes are still a little sore though.
Now, I’m going to ramp back up slowly this week. That means light spinning (no climbs), 45-50% of resting-max lifting, and swimming drills. Basically what I said I’d do last week before I took the week off 🙂
My swimming plan is currently: Tuesday – long swim; Thursday – swim lesson; Saturday – Kicking drills.
The eating plan will continue for at least one more weeks, and then I’ll revisit to see if I should eat more to gain faster.
I’m still undecided between running a marathon in New York (November) or in Dublin Ireland. If you’re interested in running either with me, let me know. I’m not going to decide until around April. Also, if anyone is interested in doing the Philly Triathlon (June) with me, you’re welcome to join the team!
Thanks for reading.