The second Monday snuck up on me this month and I really had nothing in the works. I’ve had some thoughts and feelings about training/life goals the last few weeks and wanted to write something up but just haven’t found the time. Well I guess today is that day. Lets start with this…
I found this quote by Robert Tew a few months ago and its been nagging at my sub conscious since. I’ve kinda been stuck in a rut after my broken foot and besides paleo/crossfit I’ve had a hard time getting excited about tri training. It’s been hard to stick to a training program and I’m just not excited about it like I was last year.
I now find myself at a crossroads reexamining my goals, I’ve reduced it down to one of two outcomes:
- Continue training for endurance races, and delay my path towards optimal health
- Give up (or at least postpone) endurance training, stick to crossfit and get on the path towards optimal health
Lets pick this apart a bit, the more I learn about how our bodies work biochemically and anthropologically the more I’m really starting to believe that any endurance training has a negative effect on our bodies. I wont get all technical on this but take my word for it that there is a lot of evidence that for people like me who are metabolically broken, endurance training is the complete opposite of what you want to do to lose fat and obtain optimal health. Anecdotal proof? Despite following diet plans pretty darn closely for the last five months, I’m still fighting the same ten pounds or so. Also here is a good post from The Miss Fits: You Can’t Serve Two Masters.
Adding to that is the mental/emotional stress. I’m a pretty busy guy, and I have a lot of varied interests. Committing to training 4-6 days a week, keeping up with my job, making time for social functions, and trying to fit in rest days has been just about impossible. I think I’m honestly more stressed figuring out my daily schedule than anything else right now. When I cant make it work, I end up feeling like I’ve failed and then the cascade of skipping workouts and emotional eating begins again.
In addition I have to look at why I started training for a tri in the first place. Essentially I looked around at the fittest guys I knew and said, “I want to be like that.” So monkey see monkey do, and I set off down that path. Here I am, just over a year later, and while I’m a few steps closer, I’m still miles away from where I’d like to be. For various reasons, I’ve also missed just about every goal I’ve set for myself. It seems to me that I’m just repeating history over and over again and not making any real progress. Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
While there is a mountain of evidence the supports doing only crossfit/paleo for fat loss, it means giving up on yet another goal. While completing an Ironman was the event I used to define this journey, the real mission underneath it all was to get healthy and to be able to do things in life that I wouldn’t be able to to otherwise. And if that is the real goal, given what I’ve learned, doesn’t it make sense to walk away from endurance training? (At least for the time being?) I keep coming back to that quote…
“Respect yourself to walk away from anyone or anything that
no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
Continuing to train for endurance fails two of those tests, and only marginally passes the third. While crossfit is the polar opposite passing all with ease. And we’ve arrived at my dilemma. Walking away isn’t as simple as it sounds. I’ve invested a lot of time and money into training. A road bike, GPS watches, membership to a pool, race entry fees for the upcoming year, not to mention that I’ve built a small reputation among friends & coworkers as a budding endurance athlete. Facing them may be the hardest part of walking away, or at the very least postponing as they will think of me as a failure. Sure I’ll use the road bike from time to time and I’ll go to the pool every now and then so all is not really lost, but I believe the real damage is giving up on yet another goal. I think part of the problem is that finishing an Ironman (or any race for that matter) is a linear goal, while “achieving optimal health” is a much more ambiguous. What does optimal health really mean? How do you know when you get there? How do you define it?
I’m coming to a critical point in the next few days where I’m going to have to make a decision. While I’m already locked into a 5K this weekend and a sprint tri the following, my next races aren’t for a few months and those are biggies. If I’m really going to walk away, then now (or after next weekend I guess) is the time to say good bye. I’m not sure what to do, and the path is becoming more muddled as time slips by.
Day three of Paleo Zone (aka pazone), and things are going well. How about some numbers? Well I’m down 4.5 pounds in 2.5 days, my calories are well over 2,200 a day, and I’m feeling pretty damn good. That spreadsheet from the page I linked to has been pretty crucial to making my meals easy peasy. I’m still kinda lost on how to count things like fatty meats (ie brisket or a ribeye). See pazone counts blocks of protein, carbs, and fat, but doesn’t take into account fatty portions of meat. I need to do some more reading on this, I still might be eating to much. With that said, since everything that goes in my mouth has to conform to zone blocks and I’ve basically quit tracking food in myfitnesspal. Its been kinda nice not spending half my day logging food.
In other news, I’ve stuck to my training plan so far. I had to modify my swim/bike days some as the pools schedule doesn’t really work for me that well. Also this week I have a six day work week so I’m putting off my 3 mile run today, and am going to get it done on my midshift tonight at work on the treadmill. Love having a gym at work. I’m in the process of putting together a beginners paleo guide to make it super easy for anyone that wants to try paleo but it overwhelmed by all the info. If you have some good info or links to sites send them to me!
Well its my hump day, a.k.a. the rest of the worlds Monday.
For some reason I’m still basing this as the start of my training week. Anywho, I haven’t weighed in for quite some time so I figured I should face the ugly truth sooner or later.
Thats up 3 pounds since we got back from Hawaii, which is well within water weight fluctuations, none the less it’s still frustrating. Add to that I’ve already had a cheat meal (family game night is killer with taco bar and beer), had a few extra nuts/wine last night before bed, and my legs have been super sore from cross fit last week. Must have patience, something I’m not very good at.
Yesterday I accidentally left my headphones at home when I went to work, so I couldn’t watch Netflix on my breaks. I decided to take the time and finally dig into Zoning Paleo. Essentially you take the Zone Diet and mash it up with Paleo. Think of it as; Paleo tells you what to eat and Zone tells you how much. That’s about as far as I’m going to go explaining it at this time since I still don’t understand all the nuances that well. If you want to read more about it, I’d suggest heading over to: Paleo Zone for Dummies. The spreadsheet they have on there made life super easy. So I set up a couple days worth of zoned paleo meals last night and today is the begining. One thing I’ve already noticed is the amount of food I’ll be eating. Its a ton. Like I don’t know if I can stuff all of the food in me. I’m still going to track my food in myfitnesspal to see what my calorie count is going to be; best guess is that total calories is going to be well over 2k for the day. I’ll post up either later tonight, or maybe in a few days with how Pazone is going for me.
Since I had a bunch of time on my hands last night, I figured it was also a good idea to plan out my month of training. Basically every book I’ve read tells you to do this, and it’s something I’ve never really done. Between my crazy work schedule, and trying to keep 3-4 days of crossfit a week, there is little time left for tri training. Add to that I’d like to keep 1-2 days as rest days, and my training plan gets compressed a ton. What I ended up with was one day off a week, and one super light day a week which was either a light bike or a light swim workout. Instead of me yapping about it, how about I just show you?
So if you can read my chicken scratch, you’ll see that the two pillars of this are crossfit workouts, and runs. I’m roughly 16 weeks out from my 1/2 marathon so it’s time to start running again. I had to compromise with my 2 a week bike/swims to make the schedule work. What ended up happening was an alternating schedule where one week I’d get two bikes, and the next two swims. Not ideal, but it was the best I could come up with. I also forgot to add in that I have a 5K on the 15th. So I might swap my run/bike that weekend.
I’ve also been presented with a dilemma. A year ago I started blogging and training for a triathlon as a way to motivate myself to get healthier and leaner. With all the new information I’ve learned in the last few months it seems that training for distance running and triathlon goes completely against the best/most direct route to optimal health. I plan on digging into this more in a following post, but essentially I’m presented with two choices. 1) Give up tri/distance running, concentrate on Paleo and crossfit and end up achieving my health goals pretty quickly, or 2) continue doing what I have outlined above and prolong my weight loss journey for a long time. There are some side benefits/draw backs of each, but that’s for another post. Just something that I’ve been kicking around. Your ideas?
I have nothing planned this month (trips, events, et cetera), so I’m hoping that sticking to nutrition/workouts should be pretty easy. Keeping my fingers crossed. Have a good week!
Feb Mileage: Bike: 14.03 miles / Swim: .91 miles / Run: .25 miles
Wow, so by the numbers this was a super light month. What it doesn’t show is that I ended the Tour of Sufferlandria at the end of Jan, and then sprained my foot so I wasn’t able to do much for a week or two. Add to that our trip to Hawaii and this was a really light month. Good news is that my foot feels almost 100% again and this week is going to kick off my 1/2 marathon training plan. I also got back in the pool for the first time yesterday in a long time, and was able to swim a 500 nonstop with only one 50 yard stretch of breast stroke. I’m struggling to find a good time to get to the pool, their schedule is kinda messed up and it doesn’t really mesh well with mine at all. I think I may add another column to the mileage chart for crossfit workouts since I’m not really tracking that and that’s a huge part of the story right now.
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Diablo III… Nothing to see here. I swear… Ok I’ll admit it, I’ve started loosely gaming again. My buddy talked me into downloading the game and in the last couple of days I may have been up to like, 2am killing endless hordes of monsters.
Current Song: Lorde – Royals. I dunno why but I’m really diggin this song right now.
Current Reads: I’m in the middle of Debt of Honor, another book in the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy. This is a huge book, like 800+ pages and its taking some time to get through. Also I’m working on Primal Body – Primal Mind. Its super science heavy but it explains why Paleo works and why the SAD (standard American diet, or western diet for that matter) doesn’t work. If you’re interested in Paleo I’d highly suggest picking it up. At the very least it will give you a refresher in your high school biology material.
Current Wish-List: The weather gods decided to tease me with three days blue skies and 60+ degree weather. Ok can you guess what I’m going to say?! Summer! I’m so ready to board. I’m almost to the point of actually trying snow boarding again. Last time (in high school) that ended with me breaking 4 ribs.
Current Need: Some consistent tri training. I feel like since I’ve adopted crossfit for strength/weight loss I’ve almost abandoned tri training all together, which is partly why I started this whole damn thing. It’s super hard to balance all three with my jacked up schedule. I HAVE to do a better job of this. I just don’t know where I’m going to find the time.
Current Triumph: Two full months of no soda! Ok well I did have one, but what was a mixed drink with whisky in it. Besides that no pop whatsoever. This is huge for me. I’ve had a couple cravings but luckily I’ve been able to get over them with coffee, sparkling water, and lime/lemon water. I need to try some teas, but I’m going to have to be careful with added flavorings etc.
Current Bane of my Existence: My foot. Need I say more? Its been four weeks and this stupid burpee sprain thing is still nagging at me. I tried running on it the other day for the first time and it felt ok. Not good, but ok. I’ll work up slowly and see what happens.
Current Goal: Swim twice a week, run three times a week, bike twice a week, crossfit 3 days a week. Thats my plan for the month. I’ll post two weeks in with how I’m doing.
Current Indulgence: Dates. They are my go to sweet snack right now and they are soooooooo good with almond butter. Gotta cut them out as they are super high in natural sugar.
Current Excitement: My first tri is this month! Ok so I’m actually pretty terrified, but it should be pretty easy since it’s an indoor tri.
Looking forward to March: I kinda hinted at it above, but with nothing on the books (traveling/time off etc) I really want to stick to my nutrition/workout plan and get in some good habits. I need them after being out so much with injuries that last six months or so.
Sooo, how’d your February end up?!?!
So Beth over at Discom-BOB-ulated Running a few weeks ago did a similar post to this, and I figured why not I? I didn’t really plan this out well, and the day I happened to chose was my day/mid turn around. Because of that my Tuesday was actually compressed into about 12 hours, so I decided to make it a 48 hours in life on instead. So here goes with my typical Tuesday/Wednesday…
0422: Hit the second snooze button and rolled outta bed. Headed right for my Keurig and 14oz of go juice. Popped two spinach egg cups in the microwave while I finished getting ready for work.
0455: On the road and time to pick out a podcast to listen to for the day. I finished up a Wodcast Podcast and started a Triathlete Training Podcast episode.
0530: First radio call of the morning, “Skywest 6408, radar contact two miles North of Medford Airport, altitude indicates five thousand six hundred. Leaving one-zero thousand (ten thousand feet), cleared direct GWEDO.”
0730:Break time and time for a morning snack; two cuties.
1145: A gaggle of six aircraft are converging towards each other, all at different altitudes, and most with overtakes. It my job to make sure they all get in a nice straight line, at the same relative altitude, no less than five miles apart. This is an extremely difficult concept to explain, let alone apply with lots of lives in the balance. Kinda tooting my own horn here, but with some careful speed control and a couple vectors timed correctly, we ended up with about 5.5 miles between most aircraft in a steady descent into Portland. Kinda like finding the holy grail of ATC. I hate to use this as an example, but its probably the best visual dipection of what sequencing is. I give you a clip from Pushing Tin:
1230: Quitting time for the my first shift
1345: Nap time, planned to get up at 1930….
1815: Neighbors son thought it would be a great idea to do some burnouts on our road. Nap cut short, ugh. Decided to make the best of a crap situation, and hopped on the cycle trainer for an hour.
2050: Dinner, yum.
2245: Hey this place looks familiar, back at work for my mid shift.
0100: First break of the mid, and I headed to the basement to work on some snatch technique. Youtube can be really handy when you’re trying to learn difficult movements.
0545: Back off work, and headed home. This is easily the most dangerous part of my week as I’m usually half asleep driving home…
1050: Up and at ‘em, sleep is for the weak right? Coffee, egg cups and bacon are on order.
1200: The sun made a rare appearance today, so I took advantage of it and got some yard work done.
1650: Time for the WOD
2000: Dinner time, and also time to kick off my weekend with some computer games.
0030: Finally time for bed.
Well I had the very best intentions of writing something before we left for Hawaii, but the last couple of days prior to the trip were insane. I actually didn’t pack till the night before, and ended up just throwing four things in the suit case and went with it. Turns out I packed way to much and I lived in three shirts, board shorts, and one ‘formal’ pair of khaki shorts. Anyway enough with luggage on to the trip right?!
We had on on time departure but due to a crazy strong jet stream outta the West, the pilot refiled up for a slightly different route (which saved the company a bunch of gas) but took us an hour and half outta our way. This in turn turned our three hour layover in Honolulu into a 60 min sprint. See the main terminal and the inter-island terminal aren’t in the same building, they are actually about 3/4 of a mile apart. Add to that TSA check and we were lucky to catch our hop to Maui.
I’m definitely glad we hit Maui for the first part (and longest part) of the trip. The island is way laid back and pretty chill. Lots of mom and pop shops and not very few resorts. We had a blast and did all kinds of things like: driving the road to Hana, going to the top of Haleakala (10,000′ at the top of it!), hiking to Waimoku Falls, drinking at Maui Brewing, surfing lessons, and a snuba/catamaran/whale watching trip.
Oahu was a lot different. I wanted to go there for the history aspect of Hawaii, but I really didn’t enjoy that island as much. Pearl Harbor was amazing. I’m a huge history buff, and there are only a few places that still are able to give me chills. This is one of them. We also took a trip on quads through Kualoa Ranch. Whats that? Oh just where they have filmed just about every ‘tropical’ tv show and movie. Which ones? Jurassic Park, Kippendorfs Tribe, Wind Talkers, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, Lost, Journey, and tons and tons more. The atv tour was definitely cool, if you go spring for the two hour tour, its worth the few extra bucks. Also get ready for Jurassic Park 4, we saw the film crew out there setting up something or other. Its supposed to come out next year it looks like. Oh you want pics? Ok here are a few.
A banyan tree on the way to the falls…
Bamboo forest on the way to the falls. The wind was blowing so it made wind chime sounds, really cool.
And the falls
Part of the road to Hana…
Haleakala Crater. Its hard to really capture how big it really was. It just went on forever…
Us on the cat…
Me trying to surf. I’m the black blob center screen…
The ranch again… I see dinosaur foot prints (seriously look to the left side of the pic)
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
View from our balcony on Waikiki.
As much as I enjoyed doing absolutely nothing for nine days, I’m glad to be back home. I need routine and structure and the lack of that stresses me. Also after nine days of junk food I was definitely ready to get back on the paleo train. We got back last Friday night and made it into crossfit tonight for the first time. Race season is coming quick and I still have lots of work to do.
26 days till my first sprint
102 days to my first ‘real’ sprint
116 till the 1/2 marathon
180 till my olympic…
My buddy Aaron sent me this video. Young Arnold is one of his favorite weight lifting role models, mine too. If you look his early career in weight lifting/body building his story is truly inspirational. This is an excerpt from a commencement speech given at USC in 2009.
I promise this wont be a 5,000 word dissertation like the last one was, I’ll try to keep it under 1000. Here goes…
Thing 1. February 6th was the end of our 30 day strict Paleo challenge. The first three weeks were pretty easy to stay on plan. The wife and I would make a meal plan throw it up on a chalk board we have in our kitchen and the rest took care of itself. We made lots of meals in our crock pot, and saved leftovers for lunches and dinners later in the week. The last week or so we kinda got burnt out with all the shopping, cooking, and working out that the meal plan kinda went out the window and we winged a lot of meals. None the less the challenge is over and winners will be announced this Monday. I’m pretty excited as I had some great results in only a month. Oh you want to know what they are?
Yeah that’s not a typo. That’s TEN inches off my waist in just a month. Holy cow! How about a progress pic montage. Ok here goes…
So for a month progress that’s pretty awesome I think. In my heart I’m a pizza and beer guy, so for my end of challenge reward we picked up my favorite pie (pineapple, ham, bacon, onions and green peppers) with some bread sticks and a 6 pack of Rainier to celebrate. Yum. Halfway through dinner I realized that I didn’t really miss that type of food, and I was actually dreading how my body might react to junk food after being clean for a month. 24 hours later I’m okay with no weird reactions. Side note we painted out house last month as well, no more blue! And say hi to Radar our lab, he photo-bombed my progress pic.
Thing 2. I just recently started reading some new tri blogs and Tamsyn over at Fat Girl To Ironman mentioned me in a post, and subsequently awarded me the, “Sunshine Award.”
While not as prestigious as an Oscar or Grammy, the Sunshine Award represents positivity, inspiration and creativity. My econ 201 professor taught us the principal of TANSAFL (There Aint No Such Thing As a Free Lunch), and so it is with this award. I now must;
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger (see above )
- Share 11 random facts about myself (why 11?)
- Nominate 11 bloggers who I think are positive, inspirational and creative (this is going to be hard to keep under 1,000 words….)
I’m pretty sure this is the blogger version of a chain letter, but none the less it gets the word out about some great blogs (that have inspired me), and maybe you’ll learn something new about me. So here are my little known facts.
- I love controlling, its probably the greatest puzzle/game in the world. However my passion for airplanes is what got me into controlling, but I sometimes wish I would have taken a different path and continued on with my pilots license and became a commercial pilot. I actually have plans in the near future to get back into the cockpit, but that’s for another post.
- I’m a politics junkie. I wont go much deeper than that as not to offend anyone out there.
- I miss backpacking and camping. With my schedule at work its impossible to find time or someone for that matter to go with. The woods of the Pacific Northwest are truly a special place.
- I was tongue tied as a kid and had to have part of the connective tissue below the tongue removed so I could speak semi normally.
- I’m terrified of actually doing a triathlon. I know right?! Ok terrified might be a strong word, but I am super intimidated. Hell running a 5K is still intimidating to me.
- When I was an active member of my fraternity we routinely wore business attire for meetings and dinners we had. Now I basically never dress up, and I kinda miss it. I look damn good in a suit (at least that’s what the wife says). I have half a closet filled with dress shirts/ties/jackets that never get worn.
- Ok this isn’t a secret but I’m going stir crazy waiting for wakeboarding season. I’m about ready to go see a psychic so I can figure out when the last freeze will be so I can break the boat out.
- I’m kinda bummed I missed hunting season this year (due to foot-pocalypse). I just picked up a black powder rifle so I’m pretty excited to try that out in the fall.
- Powerball has a hold on me right now. I’ve been pretty religious about buying my ticket twice a week. You cant win if you dont play right?
- I’m super excited that in October we’re heading to Las Vegas for the second to last stage of the Red Bull Air Race. If you’re not familiar with that, basically the best pilots in world take suped up planes and fly them really fast through pylons. Here is a video too.
- I’m super proud of the wife right now. She’s putting up some really great numbers for her Olympic lifts and is getting a lot quicker.
Wow that was rough. Ok 11 blogs now.
- Caution: Redhead Running – This was the second blog I started reading and we’ve exchanged a few emails back and forth. She’s moved on from the blogging world (sadly) but the archives are still up. If you’re into running and also dealing with injury (like me), there is some great info there.
- Nurse on the Run: I’m not sure how I stumbled upon her blog, but none the less Susan is a helluva runner. She’s also a nurse and talks sometimes about her career. (Ok another secret, I almost went into nursing school way back when, but that’s another story as well…)
- Ironman by Thirty: Kevin is a stud when it comes to triathlon and blogging. I actually modeled my blog some what after his in the beginning. I hope one day I can hold a meager tea light to his candle.
- The Urban Primate: His story is what put the idea of Ironman in my head. I found his blog via a low carb message board I’m frequently on, and from there the rest is history as they say.
- So Cal Runner Gal: While our views on eating, and just about everything else differ, Kate is another amazing runner. If you’re curious about the vegan lifestyle and endurance training, shes your gal.
- Jet Whine: An aviation blog that keeps me current on things that are happening in the industry.
- Ryan O’Harren Photography: I literally (tonight) just found this page and think I’m in love. Not only are there some amazing photographs, but the guy is a Captain for Alaska Air and throws in a bunch of aviation stuff too.
- Discombobulatedrunning: I started reading her blog via a comment thread in another blog. (confusing right?) It mostly concentrates on running, but it seems she is getting ready to take the plunge into triathlon as well.
- Tri-ing The Best I Can: Rebecca is a (semi) local gal that as some great experience in triathlon and running. Hopefully since we’re fairly close to each other we’ll see one another in a race one day!
- Smoke Training: Fellow nerd, and one time serial smoker, he’s transformed himself into a Ironman and endurance junkie.
- Learning to Love and Hate Swim, Bike, Run: Yet another endurance stud. Just started digging into old posts so explore with me here.
Whew that was long. Ok I lied, I’m at 1,258 words, and I have one more thing to update you about.
Thing 3. My foot is a lot better! Three days post burp-aster (burpee+disaster), I’m almost walking normal again. I’ve been back to crossfit twice, and have made it through the workouts heavily modified. It actually seems to feel better post workout. I’m on the fence about going tomorrow as the WOD has pistols (one legged squats) and 50m sprints, which will be pretty hard to do on a gimp foot. The 5k is still out, but I think I’ll be good to go for Hawaii next week.
Night people, see you on Motivation Monday! (1363 words )
If I was a super hero I’m fairly sure my special ability would be that of self injury at the most inopportune time. Nothing cool like flying, super human strength, or X-rays that emit from my eye balls. Nope, I’d have the ability to break bones, tear ligaments and sprain ankles as my team was about to take down some super villain.
Thirty days ago our box started a paleo challenge. A month of clean eating with some baseline workouts to measure improvements over that time period. The workouts were:
- Crossfit Games 11.1 : Seven minutes of burpees to a 6″ mark above your hands (as many reps as possible)
- Helen: Three rounds for time of; 400m run, 21 kettlebell swings, 12 pull ups
Initially I did 55 burpees in 7 min and had a Helen time of 16:04. Last night marked a month later and the retest began. After a grueling warm-up and a quick rest we got ready for 11.1. The timer hit zero and we were off. In an effort to beat my old score I did a quick mental calculation and figured that I’d need 9-10 burpees a minute to beat my old score. For the first 5 min I held strong and was right on pace. At this point fatigue set in and my form (is there such a thing when doing burpees?) went to shit. It was all I could do to get up off the floor and complete a jumping jack. After jumping for the bar I landed weird on the outside of my foot and was rewarded with immediate sharp pain, really similar to the pain I felt when I broke my foot back in August.
I propped myself up on the rack and rested for a bit and tried to evaluate the extent of the injury. At the time it didn’t seem that bad, maybe a weird tweak or something, so after 30 seconds or so I got back to my burpees. Being so close to my baseline number I couldn’t give up now. The last minute and a half I struggled through them, at one point even crawling from a push up position to a standing one, and doing my jumping jacks on one foot. At the end of seven minutes I beat my score by 6, and immediately fell to the floor.
What doesn’t kill you makes your stronger right?!
I sat on the floor for a bit, pulled my shoe off and examined my right foot closely. No discoloration or swelling, and I couldn’t feel any broken bones. I ended up limping out of the box and heading home where I planted my rear on the couch with an ice pack on the stricken appendage. After and hour or so with no improvement the wife made the call that we were going to urgent care.
Forty minutes later I hobbled myself into urgent care, and I proclaimed to the triage nurse that I was baaaaaaaack, and have probably broken my foot… again… I should get a punch card or something for that place. They booked me in and told me to wait for a nurse to come and wheel me the 300 feet for an xray. Me being impatient and wanting to get this night over with ASAP, said screw it and limped my way to radiology, it wasn’t like I hadn’t been there before.
I wont bore you with waiting room talk/antics I may have created by not listening to nurses, but after a long wait (some kid came in with a head laceration) the doc finally came in an proclaimed that I hadn’t broken my foot. However I had most likely just sprained one of my extensor digitorum tendons/muscles. While I was relieved that it wasn’t a break, the diagnosis of a sprain is almost as bad considering that soft tissue damage can take a long long long time to repair. Especially in a foot where its almost impossible to rest the tissue.
So my 5k this weekend is out. I think sub consciously I’m hurting myself right before races now as a way to get out of them. While that’s a big disappointment, hopefully I can baby the foot enough that I should be mostly good to go for Hawaii by then end of next week. Also doing Helen tonight is out. No running and there’s no way I could stand for kettlebell swings/pullups. I’ll head in for the final weigh in and measurements, but I’ll lack the score
What have I learned? Not much. It was a freak accident. Last time I broke the foot I was hopping off my boat in flip flops on uneven ground vs this time I landed wrong doing burpees while in good running shoes in a controlled environment. Shit happens. I’ll heal up and get back at it.
On a brighter note, in case you’ve been in a cave the last couple of days,
THE SEAHAWKS WON THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!
That was an amazing game to watch, and hopefully with that stomping our team will finally get some national respect. Anywho, I’m off to prop the foot up and catch up on some stuff thats been lingering on the DVR for too long. Later amigos.
I was informed that me new follow me button wasn’t quite working right. After a bit of trouble shooting, it seems to be working now.
Happy February peeps!