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Last week:
1 swim 1550 yds
1 run 4.32 miles
Time spent with heating pad on my back/hip/flank: 1 million hours

Five consecutive days off...I haven't taken five days off since I was in Italy at Christmastime. I am not engineered to take five days off!

This morning I went for a swim (1650 yds) at Masters. It felt okay. Not great, but not awful. Later this afternoon I'm going out for a 90' Z2 ride. This evening, if I finish mowing the lawn in time, I may got out with the tri club for their weekly OWS, but that's an extra to the plan, so it will be a game time decision. I mean, first I will have to extricate myself from the jungle that my lawn has become. It has been over a month since it was mowed because it keeps raining every other day. We are at the low end of the neighborhood, so our yard stays wet forever (plus, clay soils don't drain well!). Anyway...I think I might get lost out there. But...in other news...a black bear has been sighted wandering around the woods in our area (like 1/2 mile from my house), so I might get eaten too!


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  And I'm sherpa for once for my daughter at nationals.  By the way, she's buying this (different wheelset, though, going with something a little deeper for racing):

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Well, I'm officially jealous of your daughter. Cool looking bike.

After the ongoing cabin project, and the laundry/bathroom to come, I'm 95% sure my old kestrel will be doing at least 1 more Ironman.
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Originally posted by jmhpsu93   And I'm sherpa for once for my daughter at nationals.  By the way, she's buying this (different wheelset, though, going with something a little deeper for racing):

Well, I'm officially jealous of your daughter. Cool looking bike. After the ongoing cabin project, and the laundry/bathroom to come, I'm 95% sure my old kestrel will be doing at least 1 more Ironman.

Yeah, me too, though I like my color scheme better.

She's earned it, though.  Worked really hard to not have college debt, has a great job, and never spends money on all of the stupid crap I did when I was her age. 

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and never spends money on all of the stupid crap I did when I was her age. 




Isn't that the truth. If I think back to the amount of money that just disappeared through my 20s it's enough to make a man very depressed.

Well done on raising offspring more responsible than you were
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Glad your 5 days rest did the trick Gretchen. Well done, I didn’t think you had it in you!

Nicole, paddle boarding now? Is there anything you don’t do?

Also jealous of your daughter Mike, nice ride!

Andrew, how’s the elbow? Well done on your strength streak still going strong!

My streak stopped on Saturday, race day, fair enough but nothing on Sunday and Monday either. I will start again today.
Thanks for all your comments about my run, I like the idea that it’s not necessarily the run which is the problem, but everything else I do before contributing to a bad run. So even though I still think (know) it’s the run, I am trying a new strategy before this Saturday’s race :
No running at all, light bike and/or swim every other day. I need to get some walks/ very light jog in too but my dog had surgery and can’t go on long walks right now. Can’t seem to be able to go on my own.

So Sunday one hour swim-bike (like swim run but… you get it).
Yesterday nothing
Tonight: 1500m swim (40 minutes or so)
Tomorrow Effall
Thursday: easy ride (40 minutes or so)
Friday: rest

Saturday: race when I take down 2022 Nat overall (not even thinking about trying to beat 2023). Or I ride at going shopping speed to save my legs and go for 2023 nat’s run time (under 15 minutes for 3k).

We’ll see


EDIT- oh, and no calorie deficit (unlike last week).

race report is up by the way https://beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid...


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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.

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and never spends money on all of the stupid crap I did when I was her age. 




Isn't that the truth. If I think back to the amount of money that just disappeared through my 20s it's enough to make a man very depressed.

Well done on raising offspring more responsible than you were


Same! Thinking back on how foolish I was back then...omg! The money I wasted! LOL!
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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)
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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)


Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).
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Originally posted by nicole14e Hi all! God a solid swim in yesterday morning with my masters team (*ahem* Mike, where were you, sir?). Got in 2200 yds. Actually had some hip and back pain, I think b/c I sat on the ground for a long time Friday night at the concert I went to. Need lots of stretching. Paddleboarded for 2 hours this morning, so that was fun!

Sorry about Saturday...still experiencing the fallout of the multiple car deficit here.  And what are you doing sitting on the lawn at Merriweather (@ everyone else - that's the concert venue...it's a covered pavilion with lawn seating outside of it)?  I thought we graduated past that when we turned 30.




I don't usually have issues with the lawn b/c I'm usually standing more. This just wasn't one of those concerts. Also, I didn't purchase the tickets.
There's a similar venue in Jersey just outside Philly and they rent chairs for the lawn and that was amazing. Not sure why Merriweather doesn't do that!
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Last week:
1 swim 1550 yds
1 run 4.32 miles
Time spent with heating pad on my back/hip/flank: 1 million hours

Five consecutive days off...I haven't taken five days off since I was in Italy at Christmastime. I am not engineered to take five days off!

This morning I went for a swim (1650 yds) at Masters. It felt okay. Not great, but not awful. Later this afternoon I'm going out for a 90' Z2 ride. This evening, if I finish mowing the lawn in time, I may got out with the tri club for their weekly OWS, but that's an extra to the plan, so it will be a game time decision. I mean, first I will have to extricate myself from the jungle that my lawn has become. It has been over a month since it was mowed because it keeps raining every other day. We are at the low end of the neighborhood, so our yard stays wet forever (plus, clay soils don't drain well!). Anyway...I think I might get lost out there. But...in other news...a black bear has been sighted wandering around the woods in our area (like 1/2 mile from my house), so I might get eaten too!


If anyone is going to have a run-in with the bear, it's going to be you!


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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)


Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).


I think this is a really good plan. You could also try aqua jogging in it's place for a few weeks. It's an incredible workout (though very boring IMO, although I think Mike disagrees). I aqua jogged through an injury in college and was able to come back pretty quick and place at conferences that indoor season! Success story!
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Nat, glad you had a good race and beat past Nat! Haven't had a chance to read your RR yet but will get to it later today!

Andrew, paddle boarding is awesome! Definitely a great core workout, though I need to do it more and see if my toes continue to fall asleep...not sure how to remedy that other than taking regular breaks and stretching my feet. It was a beautiful day for it though!
Sorry to hear about your elbow. I have trouble with pushups also. Hope it's nothing serious and already on the mend!

Mike, awesome bike! And definitely glad to hear your daughter is making smart financial decisions. It took me a long time to get to that point...slash I'm still pretty dumb sometimes (like on prime day last week...ugh).

Robert, rest that achilles!

Gretchen, glad to hear you're healing up, and hope mowing the lawn went well!

Me, I am still struggling with motivation in the mornings. I'm reading a really good book so that has been winning. It was also gross here and we had late session for vball so I skipped, though I just signed up for a grass doubles revco (reverse coed, means the net is women's height and the men have to hit back a bit further, so I get to crush it ) which starts tonight, so will get in a workout today at least. Also planning to go swim at the neighborhood pool tomorrow morning.

Still haven't tried running...I am feeling a bit anxious for it. Aiming to do it Thursday. Don't let me skip it!
2024-07-23 9:51 AM
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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)


Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).


I think this is a really good plan. You could also try aqua jogging in it's place for a few weeks. It's an incredible workout (though very boring IMO, although I think Mike disagrees). I aqua jogged through an injury in college and was able to come back pretty quick and place at conferences that indoor season! Success story!


+1 to the suggestion of aqua jogging to maintain fitness in the face of an injury. I did two weeks of aqua jogging in Feb (?) and didn't feel like I lost any fitness when I got back to running. I did, however, lose a considerable amount of sanity, of which I have very little to spare. I did use "waterproof" headphones in the pool ("" because while they say they are waterproof, they also say don't submerge them in water). It helped a little, although not enough.
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1650yds in the pool this morning. Yesterday afternoon was a 90' Z2 ride. Both felt okay and the hip/back/flank problem is only minorly annoying at this point (still heating pad on it for all non-training hours of the day). I have a 64' interval run scheduled for later today, which I think will be the real test. Fingers crossed!!

Yesterday I mowed the lawn and my wife had dinner with a friend. I went to bed at 5pm to lay with the heating pad and well...I did what I always do when I'm laying down...I fell asleep. Sometime between 6pm and 6:45 I fell asleep and stayed asleep until 11:30, when I woke up hungry. Snack and then I went straight back to sleep. Healing must be hard work.


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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)


Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).


Well this is fun - the race director said that if I find that I'm not able to participate due to the injury, they can defer my entry to next year's race.
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Originally posted by robertChiefsFan Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today. Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.
I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)
Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).
Well this is fun - the race director said that if I find that I'm not able to participate due to the injury, they can defer my entry to next year's race.

That's good and takes the pressure to race off of you if you're not at least like 95%. 

I'm with Nathalie...take the time to let it heal and work on the other sports for a bit.  If you were only like 8 weeks out I'd be a little more concerned, but you still have plenty of time for an HM run build.

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Originally posted by robertChiefsFan Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today. Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.
I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)
Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).
I think this is a really good plan. You could also try aqua jogging in it's place for a few weeks. It's an incredible workout (though very boring IMO, although I think Mike disagrees). I aqua jogged through an injury in college and was able to come back pretty quick and place at conferences that indoor season! Success story!
+1 to the suggestion of aqua jogging to maintain fitness in the face of an injury. I did two weeks of aqua jogging in Feb (?) and didn't feel like I lost any fitness when I got back to running. I did, however, lose a considerable amount of sanity, of which I have very little to spare. I did use "waterproof" headphones in the pool ("" because while they say they are waterproof, they also say don't submerge them in water). It helped a little, although not enough.

I'm fine with short aqua-jogging sessions as I can play some mind games for a while, but yeah it can get meh pretty quickly.

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Thanks for all your comments about my run, I like the idea that it’s not necessarily the run which is the problem, but everything else I do before contributing to a bad run. So even though I still think (know) it’s the run, I am trying a new strategy before this Saturday’s race :
No running at all, light bike and/or swim every other day. I need to get some walks/ very light jog in too but my dog had surgery and can’t go on long walks right now. Can’t seem to be able to go on my own.



After reading your race report, I'm going to add 'trying to smash it up a big climb in the first few hundred meters and blowing out your legs' as a key contributing factor to a disappointing run. Pacing the course right, and knowing when to burn those matches is a difficult skill to master.

I hope your dog is back running with you soon. Ours is getting old, and it doesn't feel right on the days (any sort of speed work) I leave her behind... She's trained through a dozen half marathons, 4 70.3s and 2 full Ironmans with me.
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Rest day from running today. The achilles was sore yesterday, so I'm staying off it today. It's feeling good this morning, so we'll just let it settle down. Swimming later today.

Question for everyone - do I pause the run training for a week or two, and let the Achilles heal up and slowly ease back in? I'm in fine shape for the triathlon in September. My main concern is the half marathon in October. However, if I take two weeks off, while still lifting, swimming, and cycling, I don't think I'll lose much run endurance, and maybe ease back in through August.



I would pause. Achilles injuries can take ages to heal, don't let it become worse

I actually have the same niggling pain on my left achilles and I am off running all week until my race on Saturday. Hopefully this will be enough, if not, I am prepared to pause again for longer. Thankfully we have swimming and riding left (and lifting for you although I would be careful there too)


Yeah, I looked at my run training plan for the half, and made some adjustments. If I take up to two weeks off from running to let it rest and heal, I should still be in good shape to ramp up for the half. I also hedged my bets and reached out the race director for the half, to see what sort of refund policy they have for injuries (if any).


Well this is fun - the race director said that if I find that I'm not able to participate due to the injury, they can defer my entry to next year's race.


One of the few good things to come out of the covid years, is a lot of race directors got a lot more flexible with offering deferrals. So that's good news you can defer if needed. For what it's worth, my last 70.3 in December was deferred from a race in March. And Ironman NZ next year was deferred from this year. So no shame in deferring if its the smart thing to do.

But in the meantime, you've already tried rest, and it came back. Go to a physio, or Dr and get it checked out. There's every chance you've got some other, underlying issue that is contributing to/causing the achilles pain.


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@Gretchen, Welcome back from your unplanned rest. How did the run go? Knock on wood for you. Healing is definitely hard work, not sure how we get it recorded in training peaks though? And did you find the bear? Haha.

@Nat, Hope your sore achilles is a false alarm. There's only room in the group for so many injuries at a time For what it's worth, I'm not 100% convinced about your weekly plan. I agree that after some disappointing results, trying something different is a good idea. But, I've found I run better when I have run in the 2-3 days pre race than if I've done nothing. Maybe you could think about a really short 15-20 minute jog 1-2 days out. And/or a run with some short, but fast efforts. like 30sec efforts. Nothing that leaves you fatigued/sore or anything, but just keeps the legs ticking over.

Of course, with a possibly tight achilles this week, rest might be the best option. As always, advice from the internet is worth what you paid for it

@Nicole, I'm with you on struggling with morning motivation. It's also been miserable weather here, although we've had the cold/wet/windy variety. And staying in bed seems a much better idea when my alarm goes off. I did manage to get up today and do a run, I jut have to remind myself that although staying in bed seems like a good idea, I have never once regretted getting up and doing a workout. I have regretted the sleep in many times though.

@Robert, Like I said above, I vote you get the injury looked at. I'd say you want at least 8-10 weeks ramp up for a half marathon. Your fitness/training levels going in dependant, so for an October HM you definitely have the time to spend a few weeks on no/minimal running and still be fine. And like Mike says, now is a much better time to give it a rest than in a month or so. Plus one for aqua running, I've never done it myself but it's an excellent way to maintain run fitness. You're unlikely to make many gains, but definitely minimise your loss. Gretchen is our resident expert on that after her experiences this year.

ME, Interval run on the treadmill last night. I don't love doing them inside as I distrust the mileage, but felt pretty good. I added some pushups back into my evening bodyweight routine (23/23 days), and the elbow felt good, so hoping that was a false alarm. Up early for a 50 minute run with the dog, nice and easy, nothing special but ticking the miles off. The plan is to be on the bike tonight, with a bit of intensity.
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