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IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#19(May 11-17)

Another 16+ hour build week concludes. Only 5 more weeks until Ironman Coeur d’Alene!

Sunset on the Railroad Crossing

Sunset on the Railroad Crossing

How am I feeling? A bit fatigued actually . Not terrible but I can feel the stress of heavy load. The weather has also been unseasonably warm for Spring which is kind of taking its toll on me. I do not do well in warmer temperatures. Usually I am even worse in the beginning until I acclimatize a bit.

Despite feeling a bit fatigued, I am still having some good workouts. I even skipped a few workouts last week and still ended up with more volume than I had planned. On Monday, I took the day off of training and just mowed my lawn instead. I wore my HR monitor and Garmin so I counted it as a workout. We’ll just call that active recovery. ūüôā I needed that day after not having a long run the Sunday before.

Training Peaks Workout Calendar IMCDA Week 20

Training Peaks Workout Calendar IMCDA Week 20

There was a couple cooler days during the week that I ended up going longer just because it felt good. I am trying to listen to my body and go with the flow a bit. My HRV continued to decline a bit earlier in the week, but gradually improved as the weekend approached. I then saw a slight drop again after my long run on Saturday, but held steady after a long bike on Sunday.

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There is still a bunch of data points lying on the left of the iThlete Training Guide below. Big indicator of lower energy levels.

iThlete Training Guide-IMCDA Week 20 2015

iThlete Training Guide-IMCDA Week 20 2015

I had planned on riding a local 64 mile charity ride, called the Dream Come True(DCT) ride on Sunday so I moved my long run to Saturday this week. I was a bit nervous about my run on Saturday since I self-destructed on the run the week before. During the week I ordered a new Camelbak Octane LR Hydration Pack to help alleviate running out of water on my long runs again. My FuelBelt was not cutting it. I was glad I did, because it was really hot again and I drank every bit of it. I actually emptied the bladder as I was on my cooldown walking up my street.

Ready for a 3 Hour Run Camelbak & Amrita Bars, #selfie

Ready for a 3 Hour Run-Camelbak & Amrita Bars

I also played it a bit conservatively too and kept my pace around 10:00/mi just to make sure i got the volume in that I wanted. I also had several extra pounds of water strapped to my back which must have slowed me down a bit. I was happy to have a good long and successful run and I was able to put the previous week behind me.

On Sunday I woke up early, for me on weekend anyway, to do the DCT ride. The ride was only 64 miles and I wanted to get about 5 hours in. Usually 5 hours for an LSD ride would be about 80 miles for me, so I tacked on a few extra miles getting to and from the ride start at the Trexlertown Velodrome.

The ride was pretty flat for the first half and was along many of the roads I typically ride. I rode along with a girl from work and a couple of her friends for the first half. I eventually latched on to a couple guys with orange helmets around the Kempton area that were going my typical pace. A few other guys joined them and a pace line was formed. I stayed behind them about 10m or so and avoided most of their draft. I don’t want to get used to that. Also the stretch of road from Kempton to Werley’s Corners is awesome for getting down into the aerobars and just cruising.

Ready to Rain on the Farm

Ready to Rain on the Farm

I ended up bagging the final rest stop and just heading for the finish. It was getting kind of hot and humid out too, so I was eager get home. My legs were a bit stiff early in the day too since I had run long the day before. I don’t typically do that, so it was a bit different riding on tired legs. I did seem to get a second wind though on the last half of the DCT ride which worked out well since that half had all the climbs in it.

I ended up with around 80 miles in just under 5 hours. Not a too bad for a pretty mellow ride. It was a good end to another build week.

My fatigue level(pink) in the Training Peaks PMC chart below is peaking out a bit at the end of the week. My plan is to do a few easier days early in the week before I head up to Lake Placid for a training camp over the holiday weekend. I want to go into that fresh in order to take advantage a that big training block.

Training Peaks PMC Chart IMCDA Week 20

Training Peaks PMC Chart IMCDA Week 20

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IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#18(May 4-10 2015)

Now with the NJ Devilman race behind me it is time to focus on the final 8 week build¬†for Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Unfortunately, the affects of the Devilman Half Lite continued to linger¬†well into the week.

Training Peaks-Training Calendar-Week 19

Training Peaks-Training Calendar-Week 19

I was very exhausted on Monday and decided it would be best to take a rest day. On Tuesday, I did my normal endurance/form swim, but did a zone 2 bike ride that evening instead of my usual run. My legs were still really sore and they were not ready for a run just yet. My Heart Rate Variability was stilling showing signs of stress until about Thursday when it rebounded and shot back up int the 80’s again.

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As you can see in the HRV timeline above, there was a bit of a death spiral for the next 5 days after the race. Saturday then rebounded quite a bit and then some long LSD workouts pulled things back down again. I had hoped that taking the entire day off on Monday would help to expedite my recovery, but things continued to decline after that.

The iThlete Training Guide below reinforces this as well. A majority of my morning readings are showing up on the left side of the graph indicating a lot of low recovery days. Granted that this week also a build week so overreaching a bit was part of the plan, but I still have another two weeks of build to go. Given this I am starting to consider adjusting my plan to only do two weeks of build and then follow with an easy week before I head to Lake Placid for a training camp. I want to be fresh for the camp since it is a big block training on its own. This is the kind of thing where HRV helps you manage your training as you go. You can follow a schedule but if your body is not responding to it you need to adjust. Using HRV and the tools that iThlete provides allows you to do that.

iThlete Training Guide Week 19b

iThlete Training Guide Week 19

Peakin' through the Clouds -Sunset in Kutztown

Peakin’ through the Clouds -Sunset in Kutztown

On¬†Friday I headed over to Dutch Springs for a hour ¬†open water swim. It was a good swim but definitely not without some drama. You can check out the full scoop here…

Fabulous Four’s

On Saturday I decided to ride the Quad County Metric route which is a well-marked ride that runs by my home. Turned out that this years actual ride was this same day, so I ended up riding along with everyone doing the ride. I hooked into the ride just up the road which is on one of the tougher hill climbs on the ride. As I came upon the hill there were riders all over the hill zig-zagging up the road. Since I was pretty fresh I zipped up the road and passed most of the people. It is kind of mean since they probably have about 25 miles into their legs at this point.

It was a rather moist day. While it was not really raining, there was this mist in the air all day and I just felt “moist” all day long. After losing my iPhone to moisture the day before, I was not about to bring out my new phone for pictures today. It did dry up a little bit and I was able to capture one image.

West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek

West Branch of the Perkiomen Creek

I felt kind of bad riding with people doing the ride, but I was not utilizing their rest stops and I did veer off of the course for a bit. It was a pretty challengin ride though. it had about 4500 feet of climbing in around 56 miles. I tacked on some extra mileage so that I got about 72 miles in 4:40. I tacked on another 30 minute brick run right after too. All-in-all there were 4 category 4 climbs. Play that number!

 

Dirty D&L Run

On Sunday I headed up to the D&L rail trail for my long run. The plan was a 3 hour run which should end up being about 18-20 miles. It was a unseasonably warm day for sure. The D&L trail is nice for long runs due to its length, but it can leave you high-and-dry since you have to carry all your hydration and nutrition. I like to park midway at the Cove Road Trailhead so I can do a 4 mile out-and-back to the south and then re-tool and do a 5 mile out-and-back to the north.

D&L Trail LSD Run dry dusty feet

D&L Trail LSD Run dry dusty feet

I took a two bottle Fuelbelt, but I ran a little dry on the second half of the run. Somewhere around mile 12 things started to fall apart. I don’t know if it was the heat or the pretty hilly bike ride the day before, or both but the wheels fell off. I ended up doing a walk/run the last 4 miles of the workout. It was a bit of a confidence buster.


I managed to get back to the car and everything was ok. Given how spent I was, I decided Monday would be a rest day. Next week is another build week, so I needed some recovery to get the most out of the next week. We are coming down to the wire here and I don’t want to sabaotage all the hard work I have put in this season.

 

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 Log-Week#16(Apr 13-19 2015)

Only 10 more weeks until Ironman Coeur d’Alene!

Training Peaks Calendar Week 16 iThlete HRV Timeline week 16 - April 13 -19

Training Peaks Calendar Week 16 iThlete HRV Timeline week 16 – April 13 -19

Week 16 was a pretty solid week of training. I ended up with around 15 hours total volume, which also included one day off due to me being stressed out from a screw-up at work. It also inlcluded no strength training whatsoever since I totally blew that off. But, the training was good. The weather also cooperated with some very nice days. The weekend was incredible too.

iThlete HRV Training Guide Week 16

iThlete HRV Training Guide Week 16

iThlete HRV Timeline  Week16

iThlete HRV Timeline Week16

My Heart Rate Variability(HRV) was all over the map. There were some good days and some pretty low days. I managed to eke out a low, but green 68 on Monday morning which was surprising since I did a 4.5 hour bike Saturday and 18 mile run on Sunday. I felt good all weekend though despite a HRV of 55 on Saturday. Fortunately, this is the last build week of 3 and next week is a recovery week. It will be a feel-like-crap week, but hopefully I will be back online for my half-marathon race next Sunday.

The Pool was a little cool this week due to a broken pump. Good practice for Coeur d'ALene though.

The Pool was a little cool this week due to a broken pump. Good practice for Coeur d’ALene though.

My shoulder is back to normal again. I was able to get all my swims in this week. I also got a little “Polar Bear” training in since the heater in the pool was not working. It was quite refreshing actually. I forgot all about it after 200 meters.

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Caught a cool sunset on Thursday night at a barn near Bowers, PA. Just happen to turn around and see it.

Since the weather has been nicer, I was able to get in some longer bike rides during the week. On Thursday I managed to get in 32 miles and was fortunate to get the shot above on my way home that night. I just happened to turn around saw this amazing opportunity. Despite some blue artifacts from the extra lens from my LIfeProof phone case, the shot came out pretty well. I had to stabilize the phone on a fencepost to get a sharp image.

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Was fully stocked with Amrita bars for my 4.5 hour ride on Satuday.

Saturday was a really nice day! Temps peaked at around 80 degrees and the winds were light in the morning. It got a little breezy in the afternoon, but it was mostly tailwind at that point. I was well stocked with Amrita bars for the ride and felt pretty amazing all day. A definite confidence booster for Ironman Coeur d’ALene. I also bagged a solid 30 minute brick immediately after too.

Barn and some farm equipment off of Huffs Church Road

Barn and some farm equipment off of Huffs Church Road

Amish Horse-and-buggy hitched up near Fleetwood/Kutztown.

Amish Horse-and-buggy hitched up near Fleetwood/Kutztown.

On Sunday, I headed over to the Ironton Rail Trail(IRT) for my long run. My goal was a Zone 2 run for 2:50 and ~18 miles. It was another amazing day and a little cooler than Saturday which was perfect for my run. There was a slight wind, but wasn’t a major factor. I ended up completing the 18 miles in just under 2:50 at around 9:20 pace while maintaining median zone 2 heart rate. This was another big confidence booster, since in prior years my HR would have been a bit higher at that same pace(Exhibit A). One of my goals this year is to maintain a 9:30 pace for the Ironman run and to do that I wanted to execute all my LSD runs at no more than that pace. I have mostly acheived that so far and this run is my best example of that. Happy!

Beautiful day for a 18 mile run on the Ironton Rail Trail on Sunday.

Beautiful day for a 18 mile run on the Ironton Rail Trail on Sunday.

 

Well, next week is a recovery week so I am fully prepared for a HRV nosedive and feeling like crap in the beginning of the week. Hopefully things will rebound a bit by the weekend since I am racing the St. Luke’s Lehigh Valley Half Marathon on Sunday. I would like to shoot for a PR, it is not my main focus right now. I may go out with that initial intention, but my let off the gas if I don’t “feel it.” I have my first triathlon, New Jersey Devilman Half Lite 50, ¬†the week after so I don’t want to screw that up. That’s all for now…thanks for reading!

 

IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#15(Apr 5-12 2015)

Only 11 more weeks until Ironman Couer d’Alene! Week 15 was another build week.¬†I had planned about a 16 hour week in volume, but ended up with only 13 hours. This was mostly due to a¬†shoulder bursitis flare-up issue that kept me out of the pool and some dog emergency issues on Friday. I was able to get in some more strength training time with the time freed up from swimming. The weather has also perked up a bit so I was also able to get some more time on the roads.

HRV

HRV was good most of the week until Monday morning which is highlighted in orange in the Training Guide chart . I would guess this was mostly from my 17 mile run on Sunday. The rest of the week was in the green sweet spot of the chart. I actually felt pretty good Sunday night, but was slightly fatigued on Monday morning. Then again I always feel that way on a Monday morning.

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iThlete HRV Timeline week 15 - April 5 -12

iThlete HRV Timeline week 15 – April 5 -12

Things rebounded early in the week after a big dip the week prior, but continued to decline a bit towards Monday AM. I missed my Sunday AM reading due to my dog waking me early and I forgot to take it before getting out of bed.

Training

Monday was a beautiful day and I was able to get a good 28 mile ride in that evening. Tuesday was rainy and I resorted to the treadmill. During that treadmill run I started getting some pain in my left shoulder which continued to get worse. I tend to get some Bursitis issues in that shoulder from time-to-time due to an old high school football injury. It usually goes away fairly quickly though. I tried testing it out in the pool on Wednesday and only got about 200m in before I pulled the plug. No sense in aggravating it. So, swim training was nixed for the week.

Training Peaks Calendar Week 15iThlete HRV Timeline week 15 - April 5 -12

Training Peaks Calendar Week 15iThlete HRV Timeline week 15 – April 5 -12

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I supplemented the extra time with some strength training, and longer bikes and runs. I had planned to have a good long swim and possibly a decent bike ride in the afternoon on Friday since I had off of work that day. That plan quickly changed when I noticed that my dog, Yuki, was bleeding from his mouth.

Yuki

Two days before Yuki had broken into the bag which contained two doses of Prednisone I had given to my parents while they dog-sat him. This was after having his dose that morning, so three doses. I had called the vet and they said he would be ok, just may drink and pee a bit more. He seemed fine while my parents had him and Thursday night. But then I noticed him licking his paw and it was all blooding Friday morning. I thought his paw was bleeding, but finally realized it was coming from his gums. I tried to stop it, but it kept bleeding so off to the vet we went.

They took him in the back tried to stop the bleeding. The vet said she thought his liver was not clotting his blood correctly due to the Lymphoma/cancer. I told the vet about the extra doses of Prednisone, but she never said anything about that. She also brought up about trying some chemo since it the Prednisone was not working along with some VItamin K to help the liver and get the blood clotting again. She said the chemo would put the cancer into remission and help his liver. The original vet expressed that the chemo would be rough on his liver which steared us away form that, but this vet deals with more of the oncological side and she disagreed. So we decided to proceed with that.

The Prince of Lock RIdge Park Yuki

The Prince of Lock RIdge Park

The bleeding continued off-and-on until about 7PM Friday night, which had me on high alert all day. I was putting ice on his gums to help stop it. That is fun trying to hold an ice cube on your dogs gums for any length of time. Eventually it stopped and I am happy to report he has been doing pretty well so far. He had one night where he was kind of moping around, but the past couple days he had been his normal self.

 Weekend Training

Saturday was a beautiful day but very windy out. The wind and the fact I was still on high alert with Yuki kept me on the trainer Saturday morning. I think it was a record long 4 hour ride on the trainer for me. Fortunately, I did get outside for my brick run that followed.

Sunday was a gorgeous day so I headed down to the Lehigh Parkway for my long run. I logged a decent 2:40 17 miler and managed to keep my average around 9:30 all in Zone 2. This was one of my goals to keep all my LSD runs at 9:30 pace or below. I will let the photos do the talking here…

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015 - Blue Bells

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015 – Blue Bells

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015 - Post-run recovery streamside with an Amrita Bar

Lehigh Parkway Run April 12 2015 – Post-run recovery streamside with an Amrita Bar

Next week is going to be another build week since my schedule gets confusing after that. I am doing the St. Lukes Half Marathon on April 26th and then New Jersey Devilman the Sunday after that. I may end up doing two lighter weeks in a row or maybe a semi-light week for St. Luke’s and just train through it.

IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#14(Mar 30 2015)

Week 14…back to building again. It feels good to be too. Temps are starting to warm-up again, although the winds have been howling away. My HRV is back in the green again, so full speed ahead. The body likes to be working hard.

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iThlete HRV Timeline Week14 Apr 06 2015

iThlete HRV Timeline Week14 Apr 06 2015

While I had planned on a 16 hour training week, I only realized about 12 hours of that. Most of that was from lack of strength training and some running on the back of the week.

First Road Ride Outdoors!!!

On Wednesday the weather and timing all coordinated to give me my first road ride on the actual road. This Winter has not played nicely for riding and I am pretty easily swayed to ride on the trainer since I do get a more consistent workout. It was a beautiful evening as I made my way out to Kutztown. There was a decent wind coming out of the North but it made for a easy cruise home. I was flaunting with the daylight a bit with a 1:40 minute ride though. I was just so ecstatic to be out.

The only downside to it was the roads are atrocious! Major potholes everywhere and the road that were recently paved, but then quickly oil and chipped are all buggered up already from the plows shaving off some of the chips. My God I can’t stand that stuff! Regardless it was nice to be out.

Friday swim…I ended up bagging my LSD swim on Friday, but then made it up on Saturday morning. This worked out ok since the pool was fairly empty Saturday morning. This in turn made Saturday a swim-bike brick which was different for me. I opted to hit the trainer on Saturday since the winds were crazy and the gusts were 25-30mph. I could have gone out and endured the winds and did some hills, but I was thinking about the safety factor. Riding along with a very flat-sided tri bike in strong wind gust has a tendency to blow you out in the road. This along with the fact that I haven’t been doing much in the way of bike handling from riding on the trainer so much, I opted to stay indoors. I did open all the windows and the door in the basement, so there was a little wind. ūüôā

Yuki Waiting Patiently for a little "brick" walk after my long trainer ride

Yuki Waiting Patiently for a little “brick” walk after my long trainer ride

I did a 3.5 hour trainer ride following the Trainer Road Excelsior +2 workout. It was a nice mix of easy endurance with around 4-20 minute tempo intervals thrown in. The workout is typically 4:15, so I had squeeze in the last temp session. It worked out pretty well timewise too since the Flyers were on in the afternoon as well.

TP Training Calendar Week 14 Mar 30 to Apr 6 2015

TP Training Calendar Week 14 Mar 30 to Apr 6 2015

I did end up skipping my 20 minute run brick, since it was getting to be dinner time and I already did a swim-bike brick. I kind of regretted that on my Sunday run since my legs were really stiff and tired. I have found that I tend to run much better on Sunday when I finish with a brick run on Saturday. Does anyone else notice this too? Please leave a comment if you have found this to be true or not.

Easter Bunny Run…More Hopping than Running!

I got off to a late start Sunday just from putzing around too much in the morning. The weather forecast on Saturday said it was NOT going to be windy on Sunday. WRONG! It was almost as bad as Saturday and the gusts were crazy. As I mentioned my legs were really stiff and when I noticed I was running out of time since we had to be at my in-laws for Easter Dinner, I eagerly obliged by cutting it short. Oh well, hopefully next week will be better.

 

IMCDA 2015 Training Log-Week#12 & 13

I have falling behind a few weeks on my training log updates, so in an effort to catch up a bit I am combining a couple weeks here.

Week 12(Mar 16-22)

Week 12 was the second of two build weeks for me. I ended up with 12:46 hours of volume and a TSS of 760. While the volume was actually 15 minutes less than the previous week, the TSS level was actually 12 points higher. Obviously a little more intensity, which is one of the things I am concentrating on this season. I am trying to eeke out a little more performance this season. There was nothing real significant this week, just a good solid week.

HRV(see below) was also steadily increasing during the week too which is a good sign that my body is responding well.

Week 13(Mar 23-29)

Week 13 was a rest week! Woohoo…not so fast. As you can see from my HRV Timeline below, recovery is a rough process on the body. It started off ok and started going downhil¬†on Wednesday surprisingly with a very high 93 reading. While I would think that would be a good reading, it rated as a very low activation level.

iThlete HRV Timeline March 29 2015

iThlete HRV Timeline March 29 2015

iThlete HRV Reading Mar 25 2015

iThlete HRV Reading Mar 25 2015 – 93 High Activation

I don’t quite yet understand the whole activation level yet, but¬†the popup from the iThlete Training Guide says it all. Things just went downhill from there too.

Am I Getting Sick?

As my HRV continued to decline, my body responded in concert with it. On Thursday, I started coughing a lot at work. By the time I got home Thursday night I was really feeling like crap. It felt like the onset of Bronchitis to me which would not be good. I pushed on and went out to dinner with the in-laws to a local Italian establishment. I gobbled up the large dish of garlic & olive oil they provided with the bread hoping to beat it out of me. I was really feeling bad by the time we left though.

All Hail…Oil of Oregano!

My wife has a small dropper bottle of this Oil of Oregano(OOO) stuff that she frequently takes when she feels any onset of sickness. She had given me some, along with a bunch of other natural remedies, a month ago when I started to get what I thought was the flu. That went away in 24 hours. I didn’t know what actually worked there, but the OOO was one of those things I took.

Oil of Oregano

This time I just took some Oil of Oregano only that night before going to bed. It tastes like a hoagie, but it is pretty strong. As it cascaded down my throat it burned pretty good. It was a good burn though.

I woke the next morning feeling perfectly fine! What the hell? Ok, I am a believer now. I was planning on doing a long swim on Friday morning since I had off of work, but blew it off just in case. I still felt great in the afternoon, so I ended up doing a tempo run. It ended up being a great run too. The weekend proceeded as planned with a long bike and run, Saturday & Sunday respectively.

Oil of Oregano can be purchased in most health food stores. It is pretty expensive for a small vial, but you don’t use that much so it lasts a while. I am a believer for sure!

iThlete HRV Training Guide March 29 2015

iThlete HRV Training Guide March 29 2015

The remainder of the weekend was business as usual. I got in a long bike & brick run on Saturday and a fairly long run on Sunday. All good. Looking at my training guide above it looks like shotgun scatter and a rainbow of colors.

Ok, next week is back to business and a full build week. After the crappiness of my recovery week, I am looking forward to it now. I really hope the weather turns to some warmer temps. Riding the trainer and treadmill in the basement is getting a bit old now. I want some fresh air!

Ok, that’s all for now…thanks for reading!