April 6, 2008
how the week was won
no running this week, unless you count the gallowalking on Monday:
M: AM 5mi gallowalking (bad idea); PM 3mi walk (worse idea)
T: 3.1mi walk; sore
W: 3.25mi walk, trying to go way fast (bad idea); sore
F: 30min bike (6mi)
Sa: AM 1hr bike (12.5mi); PM 30min bike (6.5mi)
Su: 2hr bike (26.4mi)
total: 5mi gallowalking, 9.6mi walking, 51.4mi bike
I still haven't had that First Day of the 3 Days Without Pain. Not yet.
My hip/leg continue to improve, but only by millimeters. Every morning it hurts a tiny bit less to take those first steps out of bed. Every afternoon I wait just a bit later to pop some advil. It's so frustrating: certain things make it worse, but not doing those things doesn't take the pain totally away. Yesterday I felt fine while bikeriding but battled a limp every time I had to walk more than a few steps. Finally I just gave up the battle and started limping like a champ, figuring since I can't stay off the hip for real, I may as well spare it as much as possible. And yet the pain continues to fade. By millimeters.
But out of all this comes something totally unexpected: I'm starting to like the bike! Or at least not hate it. This morning's ride was the best yet. For the first time, I felt kind of in control of the bike, able to pedal through turns and stuff. And my legs felt pretty good during the ride and afterward. I think maybe I can tolerate this period of non-running and recovery, however long it turns out to be. But I am not going over to the dark side.
I've got a screwy work schedule this coming week, but the sun's up early enough that I can ride before work. And Wednesday or Friday I'll probably start pool running. And if I ever start blogging that I'm starting to like pool running, please take me out back and shoot me.
Posted by joe positive at April 6, 2008 3:30 PM
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It's boring, but pool running works. Seriously. If you want some workouts, drop me a line...
Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at April 6, 2008 5:28 PM
I'm wondering if the bike is CAUSING any of this? This seems like a big injury that came on just after you started biking....
Good luck on your recovery!
Posted by: mindi at April 8, 2008 6:43 AM