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IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#17(Apr 20-26 2015)

Week 17 was not the typical recovery week. Usually my recovery weeks start out with some very low HRV readings and a general feeling of “blah”. At least in the early part of the week. This week I felt pretty darn good. I took Monday totally off of training and had an easy swim on Tuesday. My HRV, on average, went higher. I skipped my bike workout on Thursday with the intention of doing it Friday since I had off. Friday I had a pretty good swim and  I never did get that bike ride in. Now I have two days off. I did have the St. Luke’s Half Marathon on Sunday, so I thought I could justify that.

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Friday night we had dinner with some friends at The Dime in downtown Allentown. I find myself in Center City Allentown a lot these days? Food was pretty good, but they are still working out some growing pains on the service side. After our dinner, we went to the Wise Crackers Comedy Club at the Ramada Inn on McArthur Road in Whitehall to see Jimmy Carroll. Side-splitting funny guy!! Nothing like have a good laugh.

iThlete Training Guide Week 17
iThlete Training Guide Week 17

My wife enjoyed The Dime so much that we headed back there in the morning for breakfast. We had to go downtown anyway since I had packet pickup for the half marathon which was just down the street. Food was good, but service still a little lacking. She didn’t bring my coffee until after the food…WTH??!

I quickly breezed through the expo and then bumped into a few people I knew and ended up chatting a while. My wife found some sneaker deals so that tied us up some more. Then there was the health food store across the street…more time. DIdn’t get out of there until 11am.

Farm near Fleetwood
Farm near Fleetwood

Saturday was a really nice day and I got an easy 3 hour/50 mile ride in. Just enough to maintain my bike endurance and not too much to tire me out for the half marathon the next day.

Training Peaks Calendar Week 17
Training Peaks Calendar Week 17

I wasn’t planning to taper for NJ Devilman, but it looks like I will be a little tapered.

Training Peaks-PMC Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015
Training Peaks-PMC Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015
Training Peaks-TSS by Week Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015
Training Peaks-TSS by Week Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015
Training Peaks-Volume by Week Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015
Training Peaks-Volume by Week Chart-Week #17-April20-26 2015

 

Race Day

Had a great nights sleep Saturday night into Sunday. After I got up and started making my breakfast smoothie, my stomach started grumbling a bit and I started feeling kind of strange. I drank some coffee and about half of my smoothie before I was making a mad dash for the bathroom. Not good when you have a 13 mile run ahead of you.

My wife made up her concoction of baking soda and lemon juice, to calm my stomach, and I chugged that down. It helped a bit. Enough for me to get my stuff together and drive down to the race. I parked about a mile away and figured I would jog a mile to the start line to warm-up a bit. I only made it a about a half mile before things started brewing. I started making a b-line for a bathroom I spotted on the other side of the park I was walking next to. I will spare you details, but I decided that I would not be racing today. I then walked back to the car and headed home.

The next two days were not fun. I haven’t felt that bad in a while.

Not a real good start to the race season, but hopefully I have gotten that out of my system. Literally and figuratively!

Fortunately, next Sunday is New Jersey Devilman Half Lite(50 mi) so I should be healthier for that. I would rather miss a half-marathon than a half ironman.

IMCDA 2015 Training Update-Week #8(of 26)-Sickness Setbacks

Week #8 did not get off to a good start. I didn’t feel too bad Monday morning, but I did have a bit of a stomach most of the day. I was planning to do a bike trainer ride when I got home from work, but on the ride home things took a turn for the worst. I started getting chills and body aches. I ended up eating some white rice for dinner and then curling up in blankets on the sofa. I started to feel like I was burning up, but yet could not get out of blankets for I was also freezing. A really weird feeling.

My wife was giving me drops of Oil of Oregano along with drinking warm water with apple cider vinegar all night. We thought it may be the flu, so we were trying to ward it off with some recommendations we had seen others have success with.

The burning up continued throughout the night and I registered a fever of 101 and eventually over 102 deg F. I slept on the sofa all night waking up every hour so. It was snowing all night too, so I was able to watch the snow falling in the floodlight when I did wake.

Eventually morning came and my wife woke up and then I went into the bedroom to sleep in the bed. I continued to sleep until 1:30 that afternoon.  I had a little vegetable soup in the afternoon, but could not stomach too much else. The fever had subsided and I was back down to ~97 deg by that evening. I still had some stomach issue for the next day or two, but was back to normal fairly quickly. I think it was most-likely some stomach bug, since the flu usually lasts longer and has respitory issues along with it.

The iThlete Pro HRV apps’ training guide pretty much nailed it on the head here…

iThlete Training Guide-HRV when sick
iThlete Training Guide-HRV when sick

You can see the big drop of where I was sick here and then how I recovered over the next 3 days after. That was basically how it went too. I also did a pretty intense bike trainer workout on the Wed after being sick, which was probably not the brightest idea. As you can see below, I had a green dot in the high 70’s, but then dropped off again from coming back too hard. Pretty cool.

iThlete HRV Timeline-IMCDA 2015 Week 8
iThlete HRV Timeline-IMCDA 2015 Week 8

I did about an hour LSD Swim on Friday. Not swimming all week made it feel a bit of a struggle. I just didn’t have any flow in my stroke. It was very choppy and clumsy feeling.

Endurance Sports Expo

On Saturday I headed down toward Valley Forge to the Endurance Sports Expo. I have to remind myself that I really don’t like expos. I found myself trying to quickly and stealthily sneak through the aisles trying not to get cornered by pushy vendors. I found myself wondering why I drove an hour to do this. My only goal was to try to find a neoprene swim cap for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, but there were none. It was a complete waste of time. I did sit in on a short seminar on mindfulness techniques for endurance byMichelle Evans-Chase, Phd & Bruckner Chase which was entertaining. Bruckner ran a couple videos of his long distance swims through water infested with jellyfish. I was stung one time on the head swimming and couldn’t deal with it, this guys was getting constantly stung for hours. Crazy!

The other reason I regretted going to the expo was the impending snowstorm coming. I don’t believe the weather guys too much these days since they have been so wrong this year, but this one started earlier than I thought and it was coming down by the time I left the expo hall. It was a slow and slippery ride home, but I eventually made it. I really could have used those hours to work on painting my new pain cave.

Sunday was a really nice day. Temps got into the 50’s with sunshine. All I needed was a long sleeze shirt and probably could have gotten away with a short sleeve. The sun was out and blasting away. I ended up doing 14 miles on the 1 mile track at Rodale Fitness Park. Running in mile loops seems so free after running on the treadmill for 13.

Training Peaks-IMCDA 2015 Training Week #8
Training Peaks-IMCDA 2015 Training Week #8
Training Peaks PMC 2015-02-22 17.59.22
Training Peaks PMC 2015-02-22 17.59.22

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