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Ramble On

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Well, it’s almost the end of May.

I used to blog a lot.  It’s pretty extensive, going back several years.  www.brandonmarsh.com.  I don’t put that there to send you there to get hits on that site…I don’t do google ads or anything, so it was/is purely that whole free speech thing.  I put some randoms there, and the random that I posted earlier today maybe should go here.  I don’t know, but I’ll let the powers that be let me know.  Anyway, it’s about a race today in Austin…a view from the sidelines of sorts.  If you’re interested it’s there to read.  Just click here…it’s applicable to a lot of races and such.

But, since the title is Ramble On, and it’s late where I am, I don’t want to do so…

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May

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

It’s Sunday evening.  I’m watching a really ‘slow’ movie on TV with Tom Selleck in it.  He had one of the inspirations for my mustache back in Movember, but not the one I went with…still deciding if I should bring back the Movember stache before Movember.  I’ve got a good head of hair going right now that’s for sure…pictures to follow.

Anyway, you probably know that I’ve been a bit out of commission lately.  And, then to top it off I had a raging sinus infection. Jeff4 posted about it over in my forum.  Anyway, you’d think that I’ve got a ton of time on my hands.  For a bit, it seemed that way.  But, I’ve been able to get some good coaching work done.  The house is clean.  The bikes are spotless…I even cleaned Amy’s a couple of times.  We’ve kind of got an agreement that we each clean our own bikes…but since she is racing, I did quite a bit of work on hers so it is ready to go.

I watched the races this weekend.  IMTX in particular.  It’s easier to watch on the web than watching in person.  At least, when watching online, you don’t get swollen feet and legs from being up and about all day.  But, it’s still very tough to watch from the sidelines.  I wasn’t planning on doing IMTX this year…May in TX has historically been miserable.  It was close to that yesterday, but the racers can be glad they didn’t race today.  It seemed to be a well done first year race.  The pro race was interesting since this was only 1 of 2 4,000 point races…only Kona is higher.  It has been kind of strange watching the points chase.  Anyway, I’m going nowhere with the commentary.

So, I’ve got about a week or so left with no running.  I finally kicked the sinus infection with the help of not 1 but 2 rounds of antibiotics.  So, that will take a bit to get back from as well!  I rode today with a couple of friends and can finally do a flip turn in the pool without feeling like my eyeballs are going to pop out of my head.  I’m getting ready to send Amy off to IM Brazil and then Swiss Camp.  If all goes well, I’ll head towards Swiss in early July.

A Walk to the Pool

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I tweeted a while back about an athletes’ web presence generally seems to coincide with their well being or at least how they feel things are going at the time.  Rest assured…I will try to be the exception to that rule and blog and tweet consistently regardless of how things may be going.  I’ve made about three phone calls already today…and each time they have said “You sound terrible”.  Gee thanks.  I feel terrible.  But, at least I know you can tell how bad I feel.  Hopefully this sinus infection will go away soon.

So, yesterday I decided to take a walk since I’m off the running for a few more weeks and probably off the cycling for another week or so.  And, I’m off the swimming until I’m not running a fever and my HR is below 100 while I’m just sitting around.  Ah yes, the joys of being a bit under the weather.  So, I took an easy walk to the pool.  The pool is about 2.5 miles away.  And, I met Amy there.

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And, for the record, she had emailed coach that she finished her workouts.  And, for the record, she did get that swim in yesterday!

“Ah, the what’ll you have moment”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I was trying and waiting on two things…first for the racers to post their reports and second I was trying to find the beer commercial that goes with the title of this blog.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the commercial to go with it.  It goes like this…dude walks into a bar and steps up to the bartender.  The bartender asks, like he does to almost every customer, “What’ll you have?”  The dude ponders the question while looking around everyone around him drinking a BudLight…or whatever.  The deep background voice says…as if reading the dude’s mind…”Ah, the what’ll you have moment.”

Just like a bartender might ask “What’ll you have?”, it’s all too common for fellow triathletes and friends to ask “What’s your next race?”  It’s an honest question.  So, when I got back from training camp, and began making my way around my various stops in Austin, invariably the question asked was “What’s your next race?”

Truth be told I’m not sure.  It was to be 70.3 St. Croix with Amy this weekend.  Then it was to be IM Brazil.  I’m pretty sure the schedule will be modified again.  With about 10 days or so to go in training camp, the perfect storm was brewing, or in hindsight it seemed to be brewing.  Only hindight sometimes reveals it, and really who knows if was a perfect storm.  Looking for clues we call it.  Whether elite or not, triathletes flirt with the line.  It might be waking up every day at 4:30 to get in a swim before your 8-5 job. Other than being out of your element, Brett has written many times that at training camps he ends up slowing athletes down as sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.

So, I write all of the above to say that my answer to the “What’s your next race?” question is “I don’t know.”  With about a week left in camp I had some hip/groin type pain.  Initially it felt like a tight adductor.  It didn’t get much worst, but it didn’t get much better.  It hurt when I ran, but nothing else seemed to bother it.  I went home and 20 hours on a plane did me no favors.  Walking hurt, running killed and for 2 weeks I ran no further than 5 miles every 2nd day.  But, I kept pounding the bike.  Cut back on the running, still riding, no real improvement.  After 2 weeks, I headed to get an MRI.  Nothing too terribly bad, no stress fracture, but quite a bit of aggravation and a possible stress reaction where the hip flexor attaches to the femur.

That line was probably crossed somewhere or was it?  What was it?  Don’t really know.  I can say it might have been running on a wet slippery track.  Or I can say it might have been some really hard bike rides.  Or maybe it was getting sick for a week and probably being a bit dehydrated and nutritionally deficient.  The truth is, it is hard to know, and by dwelling too much on what ‘might’ have caused it if there was no single change…like bike shoes, pedals, running shoes, or something else…we’ll go crazy.  There is a post on the forum about a calf injury.  Naturally it shows up on the run, but it might very well be a bike issue.  On the bike, you cannot move quite as naturally as you can on the run since you are fixed to about 5 points…2 armrests, 2 pedals, and 1 seat.  I talked with a fellow pro who had a similar calf issue to one that’s posted on the forum.  He figured his was a bike issue from cleats or pedals.  He talked about a 2x world champion who had 2 stress fractures in the fibula (non weight bearing lower leg bone) that was caused by cycling and NOT running.

So, here I am 10 days with no running, nearly a week with no cycling, and an MRI that says I’ve got a hip flexor that’s angry with my femur, so much so that the two probably want a divorce.  Rest and recover.  Swim like crazy, and do what doesn’t hurt it.  Let it heal up while applying some stress.  Come back better than before, but be patient.  It’s common.  James’ “onward and upward” slogan fits now better than ever.