Maybe this is turning into my "transition" time. The schedule looked conducive to getting a swim in, but for some reason, it always seems that I'm the guy who gets whatever late add-on appointments that happen throughout the day. Nevertheless, I still would have had time to get to the pool after work if it wasn't for halloween. We were set to get started at 6:00, so that didn't leave enough time for a trip to the gym. I'll never understand the reasoning behind Des Moines doing trick-or-treating the night before halloween. But the girls had a good time, and that's more important anyway.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Sick: 1
Work was too busy, so no swim today. Actually I could have gone right after work, but I lost my goggles, so I need to buy a new pair. I don't know what I did with them. I probably left them in the locker room. It's OK, I needed to get a new pair - they were getting scratched and were leaking pretty bad. I'll try to get back on the wagon tomorrow. I still want to avoid running for at least another week. Swim tomorrow, bike Wednesday. Maybe I could do 2-3 miles on the treadmill tonight durning MNF...

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 4 Sick: 1
One more day off. I hope to begin getting back into the swing on Monday with a swim either at lunch or after work.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 4 Soreness: 3 Sick: 1
Day off again today as I continue to recover from the half marathon. I THINK I need to take some time off, but I WANT to begin running again. It's a challenge to force myself to refrain, but I will do what I must.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Sick: 1
  • 41m 54s
  • 14.60 miles
  • 20.91 Mi/hr

I got off work a little early today, so I had enough time to get in a "test the legs out" ride. I wasn't trying to push too hard the first time back in 2-3 weeks.

Wearing cold weather gear (and of course working out in cold weather) is going to lead to slower speeds. That much is inevitable, so I just need to accept that. I don't think I'll be pushing a 22 MPH average anytime soon.

Really though, that doesn't matter. What matters is the effort. Once the weather warms up, and we can shed layers, the speed will return. Right now it's more about logging the miles and putting in a strong effort.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 4 Sick: 1 Overall Workout: 3
I almost had an opportunity to get a bike ride in after work today, but it didn't quite come together. I think the day off will serve me well, again. I can tell my body is thanking me for the respite. I might have the chance to get a ride in tomorrow if things break right. Otherwise I'll try this weekend, and maybe do a little 3 mile run to test my legs out again.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 2 Soreness: 3 Sick: 1
  • 55m
  • 1859.14 yards
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Long drill workout today.

Started with 100m warmup.
Drills for 900m.
500m medium pace, focusing on form and breathing every 3 strokes - 10:30.
200m cooldown.

Total time in pool was 55 minutes. This was a good workout to do as my legs are still a little sore today. It is a gorgeous day right now, and any other week I'd be tempted to go for a bike ride. But I don't want to put any more stress on my legs at this point.

I think I'll probably take tomorrow off and maybe Friday as well. I really want to give my legs plenty of time to recover. I'm most concerned about my right knee, as it's still feeling sore and has some crepitus. I'm concerned about a meniscal tear, so I need to give it plenty of time to calm down. If I have time, I'll try to do a ride on the weekend, as that shouldn't bother my knee too much. I want to take at least a week off from running altogether.

I think I'm done with racing for 2007. It's been a good year. I feel like I have a strong base to build on for next year now. I think I might back off on training overall for 2-3 weeks to allow my body time to recuperate. I have some long term goals in mind, so I'll need to get those put down in writing here soon.

  • Walking
  • 30m

Spread fertilizer on the lawn, then went for about a mile walk because the day is just too nice to neglect.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 4 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 1 Overall Workout: 4

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