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Monday, August 17, 2009

weakness = strength

When I'm quiet on the blog and twitter there are only three possibilities.

1) I'm out of town
2) I'm too tired from training to think or write
3) I'm injured

Unfortunately it's number 3 that has me quiet lately. Like a recurring nightmare the IT band has gone again, almost exactly 1 year from the last time. Last year it took me until December to get past it and I raced an ironman "through it" (which was not pleasant to say the least).

But now I know the things that need to be addressed to get through it. There are a few possible causes and I'm trying to address each one as quickly and methodically as possible. The frustrating thing about IT band injuries is that once the IT band "goes" it takes some time to get it under control so that it doesn't flare up when running. This involves a lot of rehab, testing, rehab while waiting a few days, then testing again and so on. And once running begins again it is a slow process to get back to longer sustained runs.

So what does this mean for the rest of the triathlon season? Well, Nationals is out. Augusta 70.3 is iffy but I'm holding out hope that I'll get back to form in time to race it. If I am able to race it I will train straight through it with only a few light days leading up to the race. For the ironman ... if I can race Augusta and then back it up with a 2+ hour run then I'll go for it and still expect a sub 10 hr outcome. I told Jennifer that I wouldn't race it injured as I've done that once already with the goal of completing the distance and don't care to do it that way again. If I'm on the start line this year it is to see how close to 9:30 I can come.

In other news ... I'm no longer being formally coached. This was a decision I made based on finances and the needs of the family. I improved as an athlete and learned a lot working with Jonathan and hope to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, there are higher priorities that must be addressed. The lessons I learned I will continue to carry with me and believe my best days of racing lay ahead.

From working with Jonathan I now understand how I need to train to hold my own in Open / Elite. It's pretty simple really ... get in as close to 20 hours of training per week as possible. Train a minimum of 3 hrs a day, 6 days per week, and have one day with light training. Swim at least 4 times per week and get in at least 10,000 meters with some arm and lung searing intensity. Run 4 or 5 times and try to get more than 30 miles in distance. Ride at least 7 hours, but 10 or more is preferable. And most importantly, get to know your body (I'm still in the very early stages of learning my body). Take care of the details (must get better at this!!). Have a lower volume week (12 - 14 hrs) every 4th or 5th week. Have fun.

We'll see how it works out over the next few years ...

I'll leave you with this awesome verse that keeps me moving forward with a smile:

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)


Carolina John said...

ah, man that stinks. We missed you at the greenville sprint yesterday. Heal up soon brother.

Scott said...

Sorry to hear about the ITBS. I'm knocking on wood and my head as I write this, but I think moving to a different tread patterned shoe (Mizuno to Nike) with cushion has cured my ITBS. I can do speed work now without any issues and am running 5X per week with a 2 hour run on Thursday without any problems.

I'm now rotating 3 pairs of shoes (2 Nike Vomeros 3 & 4 and 1 Asics Landreth)a week and use the Mizunos to cut grass, etc.

PersistenceUnlimited said...

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Wes said...

Maybe the "close to 20 hours" a week has something to do with your problem :-) I know I couldn't handle that kind of volume. I don't know how you do it!!

Chris said...

One of my favorite verses Nick! CArry on brother.... You have the knowledge and drive and have been given the gift of athleticism....

Speaking from experience here (on a lower level of course) you will learn a LOT training on your own and I have found that I HAVE to be more detailed and plan ahead much more coaching myself and to a degree, that is a good thing. Another good thing that I have found in not being coached anymore is that I feel more in tune with my body and pay much more attention to how I feel instead of slogging through all the workouts put in fron of me. I have definitely made gains this season. (bike split in Greenville this past weekend. 38:35 and 3rd over all in my 35-39 AG...)

Just another chapter for you my friend and you have your priorities right.