Thursday, September 29, 2011

Complete and Utter Failure

The title of this post pretty much sums up the month of September. There is still a day and a half to go in the month, but its safe to say that I've failed to meet all of my goals.

The main reason for this is that my leg hasn't healed as well as I was hoping it too. Some over enthusiastic bike riding caused some of the pain to come back after it had seemed to be healing well. This in turn resulted in having a 2nd week of no exercise at all, and the decision to go 2-3 weeks with no biking either. So time goals for the month were blown out of the water.

My 2nd big problem was that I replaced workouts with a good dose of emotional eating. I've been back at Wendys... The big reduction in exercise combined with the big increase in crappy food has resulted in my weight skyrocketing. In the last 4 weeks I have put back on what it took 7 to lose. I'm about 101 at last weigh in.

There are no excuses, it was all me. So we start again. Weight loss is going to be the big focus for October. Early next week I'll be posting some new goals, but safe to say they'll be more focused on healthy eating and getting injury free this time.

The one positive is that I have made it back to the pool finally. And amazingly I've been swimming better than before. So that's something to be pleased about.

Monday, September 19, 2011

September Update

So far the month’s been going ok. I had complete rest for the first 7 days, and since then have been fairly consistent in my training. The big good point is that I’ve started swimming again, and everything going to plan that’ll be a permanent change. The big bad point is that I can still feel a twinge in my calf. So I am becoming increasingly worried that I’m not going to be back to full fitness in time for my summer races. But what will be, will be. There’s no point worrying about that now, all I can do is the best with what I’ve got. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What to do when injured?

Following on from the last few months here are some goals for September. The rules are I'm not allowed to do any running, or any hard biking (so hills are out). So for the month I want to:

1. Weigh less than 96kg by the end of the month.
2. Have 20 hours of low effort cycling.
3. Swimming. Must get back to the pool.
4. Have a total of 25 hours swim/bike for the month.

Hopefully that will be enough to keep me in some sort of shape and not let my injury kill the HIM dream.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Not a good end of the month

Well, I've alluded to it in previous posts this month. For the last 4 weeks or so, I've been running injured. Yesterday I went to the doctor, finally, and he confirmed what I already knew. I'm buggered, and need some time off to recover. Specifically he thinks that I've torn the webbing which holds the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles together in my calf, and I need about 4 weeks of no running or hard cycling.

So this is going to cause a bit of a problem for my HIM training. It means that I'll only have 8-9 weeks of running before race day. Which is not even close to ideal. So I'm going to have to re assess things over the next few weeks.

Looking back at August I had 4 goals I wanted to achieve with my training:

1: Start swimming. Total failure. Never made it to the pool
2: Run 100km for the month. A close failure. Ran 95, but considering I was injured I should have backed off and done much less.
3: Bike 10 hours, target 14. Big pass. 15 hours on the bike, for 358km. My biggest bike riding month to date. Included back to back 100km+ weeks.
4: Weigh under 98kg. Pass. On 1 Sept. I weighed in at 96.9 and it has been over a week since I was more than 98kg.

So that's a score of 2/4. Which is what I said I would be happy with... so I am.

And lastly, August's training log: