Friday, September 21, 2007

Kicking Back


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The best Redhook I ever had was at the source, Seattle...well close enough but that was after being on the road for most of a day, the majority of it in heavy pouring rain. TGIF and no racing weekend.


I am beat, tired, exhausted, sluggish and lazy! After 8 hours of sleep all I want to do is go back to sleep. I'm craving all my comfort foods too; baked goods, meats and rice. Doing my best not to give in, not totally anyway. There's work to do and weight to control...ain't it always. It's my reward for working hard the last two races. I definitely worked hard enough that there wasn't a single smile in my Big Kahuna tri pictures. Too bad but hey racing is tough right?

So this week I've just been taking it easy. I expected all of this anyway and while it's been hard working out at recovery pace at the Track and at Spin class I'm happy to say there's no injuries or nagging pains anywhere. Slow to Medium is the rule until my body recovers. I've already altered my plans for the weekend seeing that it's taking me longer than normal to recover. I would like to have one last 6-hour training run for the Firetrails 50-miler on October 13th this weekend. I'll give it a shot on Sunday after taking Saturday completely off to rest up but I'll be happy with 3-hours if that's all my body will give me. I'll take what I've got. I'm afraid of pushing hard at this point, I don't want to prolong the fatigue and exhaustion that I'm feeling now.

So far so good though. I think I've paced it well enough during the year that I'll make it intact for my season ender on Thanksgiving Weekend with the Quad Dipsea Race. One year I got there over trained and running on fumes...it was painful.

13 comments:

  1. Geeze...That's the kind of job I want!

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  2. Well it has it's days Steve. Sometimes there are no ideas but deadlines remain the same.

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  3. I think you should definitely go for six hours this weekend - seven would be even better. Then do the same thing next weekend, and again on the week before the race. Also, keep doing a lot of speedwork and cross training so you don't get too rusty from excess rest. I'd hate for you to be overtapered when we're on the start line together.

    Really, I think this plan will work wonders for me at Firetrails. I mean ... for you. Did I say "me"? How silly. I'm thinking of your best interests. I mean it. Honestly.

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  4. sounds like a good plan :) Unlike Donald, I have no reason to hope to compete with you, so you go ahead and have a nice taper! If this cold I have goes away, I'm thinking about going up north to do a run of the Diablo marathon course with a group as my last long run :). Can't believe tapering is almost here!

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  5. Oooh, Redhook ESB? Nice! I love those ESB beers during the summer. And Redhook brews some good stuff!

    Here is wishing your some good rest and recovery!

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  6. Actually I can't believe it will be October already!

    The Donald can't be worried about me, he's a sub 3-hour marathoner and has run Firetrails before. Sandbagging perhaps, aye, haha beware the other wily competitors.

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  7. I understand about taking it easy this week...except I don't have my races behind me yet. GULP. You look awfully comfy in that pic and I want to know what is on the post its. LOL

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  8. Not to worry, you still beat me by an hour:)

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  9. Looks like you know how to take it easy! Enjoy your rest. : )

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  10. hmm desks looks to organized to me :-) I have post it notes on top of post it notes (sigh)))

    Rest up Bro, u been going hard!! Have a good weekend!

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  11. Squirt =P9:26 PM

    Hey, that gecko on your speaker looks familiar...wonder where you stole that from? .:.ahem.:.
    sheessh! where's the pic with ash and i in our grad stuff huh? is it on the couch by any chance? =]
    p.s. about a month from now!!!!!!!

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  12. Rick, I love the photo. : )

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  13. I thought you were kicking back...what were you doing at your work desk? :) I couldn't quite concentrate on what you wrote since I loved the way your "office" looked. Your post its on the wall are so organized! And your desk...it's clutter free! Could we exchange work tables please?

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