Weather-heavy Blog
Week 2:  May 11-17, 2008

5-17-08  Today, instead of the 15 mile run we originally planned, we went with the new multidiscipline approach.  I am so glad.  At no point did I think a 15 mile run would be good for me.  We ran 6 and biked 10.  On my sore calves, I felt like I was in constant jeopardy of a relapse, but we finished without incident.  Tomorrow we do it all over again.  Want to avoid cramps?  Here's a page with every imaginable suggestion:  Cramps!

Cartoon illustration of a man with a leg cramp.

5-16-08  CRAMPS!  Why did it have to be CRAMPS?  About half-way through our 1800 meter swim this morning I had to flip to my back when I felt a cramp coming.  I resumed the crawl, but steadily felt things changing from my calves to my toes as we finished the distance. Technically, Kristi swam 1800, and I swam 1798 and walked 2.  I thought I could keep from seizing up completely by walking over to the steps instead of hopping out.  I got about a step out of the pool, and my calves turned to cinder blocks, sending me to the deck.  The weather was quite cool, so I am hoping this is a one time thing, though I have always been prone to cramps.  Needless to say, I am more than a little anxious about dealing with this on "gameday."

5-15-08  Rain and hail knocked out power all over Austin last night, and a little leftover shower this a.m kept us away from the pool.  I can't say I minded too much. 

5-14-08  Weights today.  I am still puny, but I realize that this task ts just a matter of lifting a little weight a large number of times.  I also completed four sets of 20 push-ups for the first time in years.  I don't think the Marine recruiter is coming by any time soon, but maybe I can be seen at the pool in the daylight hours now.

5-13-08  1500 yards in the pool was not easy, but it wasn't as bad as I expected either.  Kristi's cardio training serves her well.  I look good for about 50 yards, and then I think the lifeguard is on edge after that.  That's okay.  At 5:30 in the morning, I am sure he needs something to wake him up.

5-12-08  I was a slug today.  Kristi will, no doubt, get in a workout.  I opted for sleep, knowing the pool will slap me in the face at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow.

5-11-08  Well, it's awfully hard to ride a bike 30 miles in 30 m.p.h. wind.  So we settled for about 19 miles, and thought about revamping our training approach.  While we were going to go on longer and longer runs and bikes, we are leaning toward doing more "bricks" -- shorter distances with the two disciplines back to back.  While the greater distances can condition us for better performances in the challenge itself, they can also increase our risk of injury and burnout.  There is also no way to prepare to do this back to back, to back to back, without doing more interdiscipline routines.  We'll keep you posted.  Happy Mother's Day! 

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