Going Long

I can’t believe it has been so long since I updated. Sometimes blogging just slips my mind.

Easter weekend was basically a write-off. Between family, moving, and relaxing, training was minimal. I did do a lot of lifting and reaching – I’m sure that can be counted as weight training. I did go on some long walks with my partner and my family’s dog, but it was really cold that weekend and it was Easter. A good time for some time off.

The week after Easter was crazy. I did do some biking on my trainer, but I have been having some back and neck issues. Last Thursday I tried to run on the treadmill, but I had a shooting pain down my right hamstring. I have since learned that it was probably my piriformis muscle pinching my sciatic nerve. Whatever it was, it made me literally stop running on the treadmill, go to the chiro, make an appointment with my massage therapist, and now it is gone with a little bit of muscle soreness in my lower back and butt area from the massage yesterday. So now I’m stretching my butt and my lower back a lot. I must have had a minor issue because I went for a short, slowish run this morning and I felt pretty good, except for the tenderness of my butt.

On Saturday I went for my first outdoor road ride of the season. Yep, April 14th was the day. It was the hottest day of the year so far and it was GORGEOUS! I didn’t got far or long and only got in 30km, but it felt good. We are very busy preparing for our trip to California, so I’m trying my best to balance life and training. All I have to say is that I’m very lucky I have good employers that allow me flexibility.

Monday morning saw me hit the pool for a nice 3000m workout with the Masters’ swim club. It felt good. And that brings us to today. This afternoon I’m going to head out for a bike ride (again, the good employer thing). I’m excited to hit the road and trails in Oregon, California, Utah, and wherever else the wind takes us.

The other day a triathlete that I know suggested a book to me that I probably should have bought last year when I signed up to do IMC. Better late than never, right?! I’ve read Gordon Byrn’s stuff on the internet, but hadn’t heard of Joel Fried. Apparently, he is also renowned in the world of triathlon. So I ordered Going Long off Amazon and it came today! I am so excited to be able to read it on our trip. I hope that it will inspire and educate me on this journey of training for my first Ironman.

Also, I have made another decision lately. I am going to sign up for IMC 2008. I figure that since I will work so hard to get my base for the first one, it would be great if I could build on that for a second one. So that’s the tentative plan. It may sound crazy, but I also figure I should make this decision now rather than later because once I do IMC 2007, I may not want to sign up for IMC 2008!

So that’s where I’m at. I’m having lots of fun and can’t wait to go on holidays. This blog will likely be dormant until after May 7th.

Things to look at:

This is a good image of the piriformis muscle:

The Stretching Instititute has some good stretches to do.

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