I have sucked at blogging since I have returned from NY, and I am sorry. I have sucked even more at following others blogs. I get on, attempt to read a few blogs, may make a few comments, bust mostly I don't do any of the above. In addition, I haven't had much to blog about.
Summer school is winding down this week, I am spending many hours at the piano trying to prepare for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary party this coming weekend, and I am trying to get back on a regular schedule with sleep and training.
Before I get to far, I must take a moment to reflect on my July numbers. Despite taking almost an entire week off while in NYC, minus one run, and a handful of days off after the triathlon, as well as missing 4 out of the 8 days of swim team practice (gah! that's why I didn't sign up for the team for August), I am okay with the numbers:
Swim - 13,500M ................ 18,000M in June
Bike - 98.55 miles.......... 127.78 miles in June
Run - 22.32 miles.......... 30.31 miles in June
Like I said, not the prettiest, but given the "busy-ness" of July, I am okay with this.
On other related news, I am trying to get back on schedule, training for the triathlon that is coming up in less than 2 weeks. I keep asking myself why I chose to do one in August, just before school starts. Things are starting to get busy and I am feeling unprepared for this event. I guess I will just plan to use this race as an experience, and not so much as a race.
Yesterday, after doing some sprints, my knee started to bother me. I hopped in the pool for a bit and actually had to call it quits because my knee continued to bother me in the pool. Then, today, when working on what was supped to be an "easy" 3-4 miler, it started to bother me 2 miles in. I started to get that tightness around the knee. I stopped, stretched it out on the mat, and tried to continue to run. It felt fine when I started to run again, but I could feel it tighten up as I was running (mostly on the upper-outer side). I didn't make it very far before cussing and deciding to call it quits. I was pissed. But, I was trying to play it safe.
From there I went home and spent some quality time with the foam roller and it hurt, nearly bringing tears to my eyes (as I continued to cuss). I am embarassed to say that it's been too long since I have used the foam roller on a consistent basis and the pain while using it was a sure sign.
I really need to get back into doing my TriPower sessions. Grr. If one asked me the last time I did a week of it, straight through, I would have to say it was June. Gasp.
If the difficulties in my knee are due to not stretching on a regular basis, not using the foam roller, and not following my TriPower routine... I will be a happy camper after I start getting back into all of the above.
I hate to admit it, but I am ready to get back to school... and a real schedule. I need structure, people. I must get into a routine.
Ending on a lighter note, I came across this group and had to share. I am usually behind on the new music (you know, living up here in ND - we have crappy access to good music - ha). So, if they aren't new to you, they are to me and I love their music! Enjoy!
Today's Song: Use Somebody - Kings of Leon