Sunday, June 16, 2013

It's been a while

It's been a while since I last posted on this blog! That is primarily because the ATI is messing with me again. Symptoms have been achy complaining muscles during many of my easy and long runs. There has also been a drop in performance. If we look back, the latest trigger was probably an increase in running frequency from 4 days to 5 days per week. Of course, I have tried to ignore this obvious finding coz it's been so nice getting in an extra lunch time run during the week! However, it's not going away and it would be wise not to let it get any worse, so it's back to 4 days of running per week for the time being. That said, as cycling is less taxing on the muscles, a bit of cross training will be incorporated on weekends when the winter weather isn't too horrendous. I enjoyed a couple of very easy rides this weekend as we had 2 glorious winter days. There was also an ulterior motive - the GCC! I am part of a team with some colleagues from work. It seems that runners get the least reward for all their hard work. You get more steps awarded to you for walking (over the same distance) and I confirmed that cycling is also pretty darn generous (even more so on a mountain bike with all the 'spinning').

Team Pouncing Peptides - we need all the 'assistance' we can get ;-)
 I did another parkrun this weekend. It was a tough run as the muscles were pretty sore despite a whopping dose of P beforehand. Finish time was 23:17 - 40 seconds slower than my previous effort. At least with that extra year in age that snuck up last week, it kept me in the 71% range for Age Grade%. Splits were 4:39 HRav 147; 4:33 HRav 156; 4:41 HRav 157; 4:45 HRav 159; 4:39 HRav 161. Nothing to write home about, but at least pretty consistent taking into account the ups and downs in the course. I'll just play it by feel for the next little while and put the experiment on hold until the symptoms subside.


  1. Saw that 23:17 Parkrun - not bad. Anything over 70% is good! Happy extra year.

    Yes, go with what was working before and make small adjustments - no matter how glorious the weather! Besides cycling, I can recommend Xootring - good workout, especially on uphills.

    1. Thanks ET. I think Xootring could in fact be too taxing ;-). If you look carefully you will see that those black patches are enlarged GCC pulses (i.e. pedometers).

      Good to see you back in the thick of things, I'll be back eating your dust in those 5ks in no time.

  2. BTW, what are those black patches on your coats for?

  3. Ah. How accurate are they? Have you compared them to the Garmin?