Every now and then I do something really dumb. In the past two weeks I outdid myself.
Stupid Thing #1
I bought a pair of Vibram Bikila LS shoes to give the old barefoot running thing a try. I knew you were supposed to start out slow and give your body a chance to adapt, but I underestimated what “slow” meant, and did 4.5 miles on my trial run (on a Wednesday).
DUMB DUMB DUMB.
I ripped the hell out of my calves and had some trouble walking the next day. That didn’t stop me from doing a 45 minute bike ride Thursday, or a 5 mile run Friday, after which I discovered what it’s like to try to limp with both legs at once. Still, I had a 45 mile bike ride to do Saturday, and that went just fine. The biking really didn’t seem to impact the condition of my calves, but it surely wasn’t helping. I cancelled my 11 mile run Sunday and forced myself to take the whole next week off except for swimming.
Stupid Thing #2
So there I am, taking the week off of running and cycling, but at least I can still swim. Then there’s an office remodel going on at work and I’m asked to help carry some large sheets of very heavy wood around, and I over-do it and strain the crap out of my neck and back. DUMB! That knocks out swimming for the week as well.
Fortunately my forced week off was a recovery week anyway, so the amount of training I’m missing is less than it would otherwise have been. But, still, yeesh. I’ve only got 8 weeks to go and can’t afford any more injuries if I’m going to survive the half-iron.
I just hope no one asks me to help them move in the next couple months…