Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Recap

I have to start by saying I'm glad January is over.  Besides a couple birthdays for family and friends, there isn't much else I like about January.  With the holidays over and my next vacation day not until April, there isn't much to look forward to. With the days short and cold, it takes mental toughness to get workouts in. I usually get in a funk in January and this month was no different.  I'm good now that January is over :-).  One good thing this January was the weather.  It was the mildest January I can remember which led to no runs needing to be done on the treadmill!

On the training front, I was dreading looking at this January compared to last January since last year I was three months out from my first 70.3 and ramping up.  This January I'm six months out from my 70.3 A race and just working on base.  I ran the graph today and was ecstatic to see this.

I averaged 60 minutes of exercise a day this January compared to 64 min/day last January.  The two big differences are the addition of strength training and a large reduction on the bike.  I'll be ramping the bike up over the next several months so I'm not to concerned about that.  I am concerned about the low swim volume and that my shoulders are already starting to feel the beginnings of swimmers shoulder like I had two years ago.  I do have a plan though.  I'm going to ask my SIL to sew me a special shirt with a pocket over each shoulder so I can put zip lock bags with ice in them at night and alternate the ice with those instant chemical hand warmers.  I've been reading about how people cured their bursitis and this method makes some sense.  The cold helps push fluid out of the joint, and heat helps push it in so you kind of pump fluid in and out of the joint to aid recovery.  Just end on cold.  Anyway, I'll have to post a picture of my new invention when it's done.

I'm looking forward to ramping up the bike volume, even though most if not all of it will be on the trainer.


14 comments:

Kate said...

I have a great idea for how you could ramp up your bike mileage..... :)

Kepa said...

Which 70.3 are you racing in 6 months?

XLMIC said...

I think I need to do this ice in the pocket thing with my hip!

I'd love to see this healing shirt ...and I hope your shoulders chill out ;-)

I'm glad January is over, too. Here's hoping for a Fabulous February!

Teamarcia said...

I so admire your technical workout tracking system as I am completely seat of the pants. Sorry the shoulder issue is happening. Your solution sounds perfect though. Woot for January being behind us!

Karen said...

Interested to see how the hot/cold/shirt plan works for you. I have a co-worker that has the same issue. I'll have to pass on the heat/cold cycling info.

BTW feel free to share the recipe or anything else of interest from my blog. No worries... :) Glad you liked it!

Patrick Mahoney said...

The shoulder pocket shirt is genius. I know pattern makers and and factories overseas....

Theia said...

Ack! Hope the shoulder thing doesn't amount to anything serious!

Deb said...

Nice job on the month's training. Hopefully you get the shoulder issue dealt with and the hot/cold plan works.

Anne B said...

your graph looks great! Nice rainbow!

Jill said...

Your graph is really pretty :). Do you use a special program to get that or is it just a simple excel chart? I'm so software illiterate.

Here here to January being over and done! What a yucky month! Hoping your shoulder behaves soon and stops bothering you!

Raina said...

Great chart! I love graphs & stats. I didn't see your ST on the chart, but take your word for it :). Keep on keeping the base building!
Great idea for a shirt. Please post pics!

Kathy said...

Way to ramp the miles and it was great to remotely "meet" you today. How are you recovering???

Ali Mc said...

ice pockets = GENIUS!!!!!! and great chart, good organization....I wish I was like that. I seriously can not WAIT! for the recap of the actual ironman.....ice shoulder pockets and all! haha

Debbie said...

oh no, a chart, i despise charts!! i don't mind winter, it's a great time for inside projects, and you don't feel guilty staying inside!!

we have had a very mild january in new jersey. i miss the snow and "bunkering" down for a day or 2 eating comfort food and brownies ;))))