The last couple weeks at HOME have been outstanding for me. Getting to unload from the training block in Boulder and Vineman has given me time to catch up on life stuff, work, rest and friends. These are the moments I want to remember. Good times with good friends and good food. Simple!
endurance eating and laughing
an entire new gong show – these guys don’t stop
more cowbell, more coconut
I recovered faster than expected from Vineman even after one of the worst post-race screw ups that left me without proper calories for a couple hours. I was fine finishing the race but that was the first time I finished a race and did not feel like eating at thing. Maybe I just have not been RACING hard enough? Shortly after I finished, I walked over to the massage table and was starting to feel better and though the massage would be all I needed. The massage helped but the girl was finished with me she decided I needed some Biofreeze (i only remember because she gave me a few packs for later to take with me…like i needed more!) and wiped me down with it. Well, that stuff really works! The wind was picking up and before I knew it i was shivering like crazy on the table and had to get up. By the time I walked around the auditorium, I was in a state hypothermia and mentally out of it. That shiver block took the last bit of energy I had for that day without having calories between and before I knew it I was walked over to a bed. Good times!
Anyways, it showed me how much “doing the right thing” for recovery sets you up to keep it rolling and bank the output. Vitargo, protein, movement, reducing inflammation, cooling the body, easing the mind and continuing to eat your face off. It works. However, with the timing of this race,, it was the perfect time to learn that and it reinforced that my recovery protocol does work when I put it to work. I took some quality recovery after Vineman, implemented my recovery protocol and was back 100% faster than ever and onto some quality training. The first thing I got to work on was my limiters and doing exactly the opposite of what I was doing for the first half of the year. Strength sessions, speed work, stability – short hard sessions. I got in a lot of quality time with James
We ran in circles and I learned some secret sauce strength moves at Rehab United. That was fun but wow did that leave a mark. I cannot remember being that sore before. The running quickness looks like it is already making a big difference after just a few sessions. After my run today I see a progression I need to deploy before my next IM. Super stoked for the next one whenever that is…
This weekend Monique and I stayed down in Carlsbad with James and Beth. I got to race the Tour Of Buoys 5 miles open water swim on Sunday. The race was very well organized and had loads of goodies. Maybe something to put on the schedule for next year but I know for sure that Monique will not be paddling for me. I am glad she puts up with me! It was sort of a disaster with me getting vaseline on my goggles, running into a steel buoy and getting frustrated about a few things. Lots of good learning for Ultraman and as Monique would remind be that is what this swim was all about. Practice at ripping my arms off. Good times.
After the swim we joined back up with Team Walsh for a ride to round out the weekend. There is so much good riding down in their area and I am finding even more sick trails right out of my front door for running and I cannot wait to get back in the water with the sharks at Nova. Being at home with the DC teammates makes it even better. Sometimes you have to screw up your recovery protocol to realize you had the right thing going all along. I am looking forward to some work I have coming up and the final block of training at home for Hawaii prep but first I have a solid run camp next week.
Team Walsh Enlightening the way