Started my day with a bit of shoveling in a balmy -6c. Dogs need a path from the front and back doors to the drive which is ploughed for me. Then it was off to the gym to grit my teeth and row for 5k and followed it up with the usual mix of weights and stretches. My right knee is progressing well, virtually no pain but it is still a bit weaker than my left. I may try my first comeback run on Sunday.
Columba, Well done, you would make a fine Canadian.
John, Yes it is tedious but I prefer it to any of the other machines.
ceal, Both the spinner and rower are hard on the bum but it does eventually go away. It is interesting to compare a hard, treadmill, rower and spinner session in terms of what hurts. On the treadmill it is just the pain of a high HR, same as running fast and jelly legs if you go too fast. On the spinner the hamstrings and glutes burn whereas on the rower my shoulders start to burn with no impact on my legs and neither of the latter two do I get the pain of a high HR.
Today I decided on the spinner. 19 miles in 45 mins at an average over 100 revs per min. I definitely got into hamstring and glute burn so it felt like a good one. I followed it up with more weights, stretching and the roller.
Nice and warm today -9c but snowing hard, 10 to 15 cms expected. We need the snow as we have had very little this month. We need to cover the plants to keep them safe from the real cold.
Chris, I too have dropped out of a marathon, so I think I know how you feel. No matter how rational a decision it was you still feel like a quitter. The next time out you will consign this memory to the bin.
ceal, Good luck with your new career on the indoor track.
I checked in with my physio yesterday and I am glad to report she said that there was nothing serious a miss with my knee. Some of my lateral ligaments are inflamed and slightly swollen so lay off running for a week should see me back. Xtraining is ok so hit the gym today with 30 mins on the spinner, 5k row and then assorted weights and exercises.
I wore my HRM for the spin and row just to see how it compared with a run on the treadmill.
The red line is the spin and row, you can see where I switched activities.
The blue line is the run on the treadmill.
I can raise my HR on both the spinner and the rower but I cannot sustain it, my muscles give out very quickly.
I was working fairly hard on all three machines with what seemed like a similar effort but as you can see with a very different impact on my HR.
Chris, I hope things have gone well for you and that you can still walk up stairs.
I had a bit of a shock yesterday. I did another drawing class and it was 6 hours of drawing sat on something they call a donkey. I like to pride myself on being physically fit, well after 6 hours I was knackered. I will have to be careful in the future how I talk about artsy types.
It was -27c with the windchill today, so I chickened out of my return to real running and hit the treadmill again. This turned out disastrously as I bang my bad knee on the treadmill in the middle of my run.
I felt tired and uncoordinated, but despite that I did managed to keep most of the 5k under 9:30 pace, apart from my warmup. This may have set me back so I may go off and see my favourite physio.