Saturday, March 17, 2007

Back in the Saddle

Its been a week since Umstead, and I felt my recovery went pretty good. I didn't do much in terms of working out. However I did get in a Bikram yoga session last Monday which I think aided my legs getting over the marathon.

I went on a 40 mile bike ride today. I felt good in spots and fatigued in other spots (mostly hills and headwinds). Man the wind was blowing today. But I shouldn't complain 'cause NY is about 8 hours north of here and they're having crazy ice storms. Today I don't think the high was much above 45.

Well that's all for now.

Peace,
Rob

Monday, March 12, 2007

Umstead Marathon - Recovery Time

Wow, I finished the Umstead Trail Marathon. The official results aren't out yet, but my finishing time was around 3:58. That was a tough marathon. Umstead Park is a beautiful wooded area Raleigh, however there are hills, hills, and more hills.





The race was cool from the standpoint that there was a single track section for about 6 miles and the remaining 20 were on bridle trails. There is this one section of trail named Turkey Creek. Oh man, it was just up and down, nothing flat at all. This is where I saw a bunch of people walking.

I did meet some goals I had in the back of my mind for this race. One was to run the whole race. Next was to finish under 4 hours. I was able to do both which was a great feeling.

The whole vibe of the race was really a good experience. Since it was a local race, I knew a bunch of people and getting the shouts of encouragement were a huge boost of energy. This race while it was really tough, was in a strange way a joy to participate in. It just felt good.

Then to top things off the post race refreshments included Mexican food from Moe's. I tore up a couple of burros. Also the chiropractor I used to see during my training for IMAZ was there. He hooked me up w/ a post race neck and spine adjustment. I was able to stand up straight after that.

My legs are still somewhat sore. I bought 2 bags of ice on the way home from the race and took an ice bath. Whew, that water was cold! I could only last about 2-3 minutes at a time. I was so cold I was shivering. An ice bath is supposed to help your legs recover faster by reducing the swelling from all the micro-tears in your muscle fibers. I did better yesterday w/ another ice bath. I put on my wetsuit top and a beanie and lasted about 20 minutes. Much better. I'll probably take one more ice bath today as the recovery effect lessen over time.

Well that's it for now. I'll post some pics and the official results when they're available.

Peace,
Rob

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Triathlon Superhero







This is pretty cool. Marvel comics has a black superhero named "Triathlon". They even have him in a red, black, and green costume.

Training is going good. Eating habits are not. I seem to have lost the ability to control sweets and high carb foods. If I'm going to get into a good form for IMWI, I 've got to get a handle on this.

I'm currently tapering for the Umstead Trail Marathon this Saturday. I'd love to break 4 hours, but based on what I hear about the course it may be overly optimistic. There are some crazy hills in Umstead Park and the marathon course has just about all of them.

Well that's all for now.

Peace,
Rob