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Archive for October 30th, 2008

I guess he is in the desert today.   Sahara, North Africa.   I wonder who is taking those photos?  It can’t be comfortable for a support crew in that heat.  Can’t recall if he said he won the 2007 version of this race.  Let’s see how he places this year.  Can’t be too many crazies running from sand dune to sand dune.

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Exquisite pain!

I had a few minutes after lunch, so I decided to stop my the chair massage place at the mall.  I drew this guy that usually gives the hardest massage.  Don’t mind it, because you do get your money’s worth.

It began soon after he started and just before he finished.  My back and shoulder muscles seem so stiff and unyielding.  He would put an elbow to a muscle group, and pretty soon I would feel all the way down my shoulder blades.  Such exquisite pain!  So I was squirming some, but I did enjoy subjecting myself to this newfangled torture.  Anyway, he seemed like he had to work hard during my massage.

Ahh, one of the benefits of working out too much!

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The last of the big series, IM Arizona is coming up.  After that, winter comes even to San Diego.  Training-wise anyway.

When I was doing straight marathons, there was no end to the seasons.  You can run forever.  You notice it getting cold and the temps getting gradually warmer to the summer months.  But marathons abound even in winter so why stop?

I know I need to keep up my bike and swim to improve.  Somehow it won’t be as satisfying if I show up next season with the same level of skill in both segments.  It would hardly justify my time with the BT group.  We’ll see.

I declared winter 2008-2009 my “Mindless Training Period“.  I guess I can easily do this each year because activity slows down enough.  I want to develop a stronger upper body and keep my core powerful.  For some reason, I want to look better in photos for the next TRI season.  Not too bulky, but not like a pencil either.  So vain.  My plan is to hit the gym 3 times per week, the pool once a week, at least 60 miles on the bike per week, the usual long runs on the weekends, and then some above pool deck swim form instruction.  Need to keep detailed records to ensure consistency.

Training update:

Did 2 hours at the gym last night.  Hit the machines and some weights.  Backed off on my favorites, the incline leg press (360) and the leg raises (150-210 progression).  I’ll so the usual weight maybe on Saturday.  I had some stiffness in my hamstrings last Sunday, which might have been caused by doing the incline press at almost full stack after a track practice.  Felt good overall after the gym session.  I’ll start to keep detailed notes on what I’m doing at the gym for the MTP season.

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