>Weekly Log 18 – 24 April 2011


Photo by Johan Sopiee

I’m watching a recording of the 2011 Boston Marathon as I write this and Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai is about to run his last mile. What an amazing runner. I know he’s about to run the fastest marathon recorded with a time of 2 hours 3 mins 2 secs. If I were in the same race I would just be finishing 17km. I am that slow.
The woman’s race is no joke either as Caroline Kilel, also from Kenya, won with a time of 2 hours 22 mins 36 secs who won by 2 secs, beating American Desiree Davila, in an incredibly exciting sprint at the end.

I am of course deeply inspired by all this world class running and I am resisting any attempt to get out and run, due to the fact that this is my rest day and my left ankle is currently in the workshop. No high impact workouts on the legs until at least the end of the week where I’ll start running again.


This week has been a stressful week for me. It’s as if my spirit has been slightly broken and if you look at my daily lods this week, they have been less than inspiring. This week will be a better week I hope. We all have bad days (and sometimes bad weeks or even bad months). Pay attention to your mood. It’s trying to tell you something.


I have to stop pleasing people and start being me and at the end of the day, that’s what counts.

This is how the week went:
Monday Swim
Tuesday Bike
Thursday Core and Swim
Friday Brick Bike and Swim
Saturday Swim
Sunday Cross Train
I had my final swimming lesson on saturday. It’s amazing what 4 lessons has done to my technique. I remember when had my first lesson and shot this video.
I will get some new video footage of how my swim stroke is now. Just take my word for it. It as changed a lot. Now that my freestyle is relatively under control as far an endurance is concerned, I can now start on building some pace. As I wrote that day, my swim coach expects me to be able to swim 750m in 12 minutes which is about twice as fast as I am swimming now. Can I do it? He seems to think so which means I should too.
My bike is kinda in the grey area at the moment. I have no real clue as to how I’m doing. I know that I should be going out for long rides nowadays but it’s one of those things I hesitate to do. So this weekend I have to go out and pedal on the road.
I didn’t run that much this week as I wanted to take a rest from running for a few days. Unfortunately as you can see that plan didn’t go well.
I have 2 slight injuries that I am nursing. My left shoulder and left ankle. What’s up with my left side eh?
Anyway, they feel better now but I’ve decided to give my legs the week off as far as running is concerned. I can focus on swimming, biking as well as cross train and core conditioning. Just because I’m taking a break from running doesn’t mean I can continue training. There’s plenty of other things to do.
When you feel a ‘new’ pain however slight, it’s usually an indication that something is wrong and it’s time to correct that something. If ignored, these are the pain that has the potential to turn into a full blown injury.
Let’s see how my legs feel in the next few days.
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