Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monkey On My Back

May 27, 2009 -

I gotta say, that century ride really did a number on my back muscles. I had a short speed swim as part of my training today and the muscles under my shoulder blades were so knotted up it felt like I was swimming with a monkey on my back...only less entertaining.

I could actually feel the knots back there with each stroke and it seemed to change the way I could twist and reach on each stroke. It did loosen up toward the end of the swim, but I will have to figure how to bust those knots outta there.

In other news, it is soooo dope in Seattle right now. It has been sunny and 72 everyday and usually about 65 when I head out to train...perfect. Tomorrow throughout the entire weekend it is supposed to be even better....80 and sunny.

This means a couple things...running shirtless in all my muffin topping glory...(one of my favorite things), and my first open water training swim of the season. My first open water swim was actually at Wildflower, but this will be my first time attempting to plunge into the chilly waters of the Puget Sound for some lake swimming.

We'll see how that goes. Until then, I will be getting my mad tan on in all this sunshine!

Day 147 Training Log - Today was a one-hour run and a 1150 yard speed swim and both workouts went great. First, I hit the trail around noon for an hour run in 65 degrees and sun. The run felt great and ended up at 7.73 miles for a 7:46 pace. After that, I headed straight to the pool for a 1150 speed swim, which was 5 x 200 EBEH (easy, build, easy, hard) and a 150 cool down. Outside of what felt like relatively awkward swimming because of tight back muscles, the swim was great and I felt swift and strong.


  1. Hey man - have you had a professional fitting on your bike? Not like 100 miles on a bike would necessarily be the pinnacle of comfort, but what you're describing, and from your post the other day, sounds like some ergonomic stuff that can probably be remedied. Just my $.02 - I'm a huge believer in being as comfortable as you can out there, the game is hard enough without extra drama. I think if you're counting the miles to finish because you're so uncomfortable, something might be amiss.

  2. I am assuming by "mad tan" you mean "red face".

  3. Thanks for the tip, I had a fit when I first bought the bike back in December. Probably time I go back in to readjust. Good call.