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The Middle Ground

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:13

Thanks for the well wishes all, but I think I have to congratulate myself on pulling CB out of lurkerdom!

BBB, Ultimate was a mad, mad sport that I loved to death - or at least to injury.  I retired at 25 when my Anterior Cruciate Ligament broke.  But for the cross of fitness and pace it was the ultimate and something a fitness coach could really get his teeth into.

Sorry to hear about all the injuries, but 'tis the season to have a gentle comeback.  Time spent in the gym or stretching at home will reap dividends across the summer.  Nobody wants to be doing that x-country stuff, do they??

Not sure about trail, Duck.  It seems that surfaces around me weren't soft enough when I started getting the discomfort, and I have plenty of fields and mud.  However, I will be trying on those surfaces if I do try running again, but will be making sure my weight is down and strength is up before even considering seeing if I can manage it.  As with Alehouse, I think I'm going to take up walking until I'm sure it's not a problem.  Swim/bike?  Does it exist?  At least one thing is determined for me; although it's been there in the back of my mind for years, and I always protested I never wanted to do one, now it's settled that I never have to do an Ironman.

Good training all, get well, get better, get best.  I'll lurk on occasion...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 15:32

Hi, Simon, how's the MD off-season going?

Passion for those things... well, if running is a steady girlfriend, cycling is her mother, and swimming is her grandmother.  And please, just assume that I am a normal bloke, and you get the gist.

Dr D!!, I just looked back!  You mentioned me!  I will miss beating that 3 hour mark, but it may never be.  I'll always remember loving the event and the effort, and having done the best I could.  We'll see how things work out...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:28

BBB, I used to play a sport called Ultimate (Frisbee).  I blame my knees on turning and jumping (or rather, landing) on excessively tired legs further fatigued by inordinate amounts of alcohol.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 12:17

Hello!

Long time no see!

Why?

Now that I know, I can tell you...

My last post was back in March '13, saying that I was not doing the VLM as timings were wrong, training was a bit off, slight colds, wind blowing in the wrong direction, and the crows were cawing in the copse at 4:17 on a Friday afternoon.  Well, it may be that my growing unease had an underlying cause.  I went back to way shorter distances, then working travel threw all plans into disarray, but eventually I was settled back at sprint training.  Max weekly run distances of 3 miles, usually every other day but sometimes consecutive.

My knees began to hurt.  Really hurt.  It was a progressive thing, so progressive that I can't even remember when it started.  But I can remember when I decided to call it quits!  I was running up and down a sand dune, soft, loose sand, and the aching became too painful.  That was September.  My knees swelled up, both of them, and it was time to see a specialist.

Pretty tough to organise things when you're overseas all the time, but managed to eventually get to see an orthopaedic consultant who specialises in knees.  This was after about six weeks off them, walking only (but still eating like I was training!).  They were still swelled up.  And four weeks later when I got in for two MRIs one was still swelled.  Finally, following the hols, I got to see the results yesterday.

There are little, or not so little, white cloudy areas inside the bone of each knee showing in the (negative) MRI images.  Apparently these are areas of fracturing of the bone underneath areas of weak or cracked cartilage.  Everything else about my knees is fine, but both have these areas.  The result is pain when the affected areas hit, rub, move in the knee.  They won't heal completely - though they can recover - because the weakness or cracks will always be present.  There are surgical options, but they won't cure completely, or not for ever, as ultimately the cartilage can not (presently) be replaced.

So for the moment it's about management.  I've been effectively in recovery for months now, and the consultant reckons I should simply test the limits of what I can do.  Swimming, yeah, no problem...  Cycling, possibly good as long as there's no issue with rotation, but the impacts are much lower...  Running, well, that may just be a step too far!  It might be time to hang up the spikes for good!

So, kids, don't take up sports when you're young that send you for numerous knee operations - it won't help when you're older!

As you were.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:51

Best of British to all MGers (and lurkers) doing that jog in London tomorrow.  May you all beat our top Olympic distance runner to the finish!

Soz about no posts, but much going on in TRW and therefore no time or ability.

If any of you are at the Expo, take a giz at the bloke up in lights on the Cancer Research stand.  I'm there in spirit...!!!  

The Middle Ground

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 12:24

Duck, it's a deferral.  I'll do it next year with the holiday plans already arranged - skiing earlier in the year so no temptation to stay on the mountain.  ;)

Some nice training from you by the way.  I have to get back to pace the moment I get home... Next Tuesday...

I'll start reading back and getting involved again once I'm back on my feet...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 20:40

Anyone need a hotel for VLM?  Decided to pull out a little while back with a combo of head cold (now gone), tweaky hamstring (gone I think) and an extension to the skiing holiday (still going on and loving it) which means mileage has gone.  It's a good base, anyway!  A great base for the MD season about to happen...

The crazy sentence game

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:17

Can only men idiotically cycle alpine lanes?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:09

Yup, YD, I have been getting miles in.  For two weeks before heading out here the concentration was on the mid-week longs, as I knew my weekends were full.  Plenty of 18 milers in those two weeks.  This week I knew I wouldn't make the 18 milers, but saying that I hit 15 miles on the treadmill earlier today but there was no way I could restart the treadmill after the second stop (max 60 mins permitted then it goes to cooldown so you have to stop it and restart).  So these two weeks are about miles rather than long runs, and I have managed 67 in 7 days, with only 3 on one day and no running on another.  Suppose I could count some long walks as well - cross training, you know?  Legs aren't feeling so bad right now.  So tomorrow I'll try to get in a bit of shorter, sharper stuff in the morning before an easy in the evening.  Plan for this week is simply more miles.

General plan is bringing up the MP miles over the next two weeks, with only the occasional sharper session.  After that it's a week in the snow, so not quite sure how to deal with that other than I will be exercising about 6 hours a day.  Just not running.  Then it's three weeks to go, but because of the holiday I don't plan to taper for three weeks, I'll get in another week of mileage and MP before a two week taper in which I'll drop the miles quickly but keep some exclusively MP runs and go back to the sharper sessions with the club.

Note that because of the timetable it's really tough to fit in a down week, so I'm fitting in rest days instead.  I'm not recovering as well as I used to, but I expect that the long term effect of all these miles will be better recovery in the future, as long as I can stay wise and note the bad days that call for a rest.  Also, because of the timetable, I haven't raced!  I think that's a bad sign - it feels like one and that's self-fulfilling.  There haven't been any days where I've really taken my legs to the max and then had a couple of days recovery to build in the benefits.  Last year's PBs at 10M and Half gave me great confidence to pace the Full.  This year I don't truly know where I am.  3:05 prediction because of that - if I get it wrong I'll DNF.

Nice long again, Curly.  You should try fuelling your way around one session, just to test the difference.

CB, get those reports sorted!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:15

YD, I took your concern to heart.  After about three hours walking I did run, but at about 8'45" pace, and stopped when it got to be too much after 8 miles, which did make yesterday just under a 15 mile double.  Nothing seemed wrong except an expected tiredness in the legs, however I've taken today off to go sightseeing (about 4 hours walking which was enough for me) and drinking (if I can find a decent pub showing the rugby).

BBB, a reasonable Bubka'ing of the 22 there.  Plenty more in reserve for the next PB.  How did the other guy go?

Nice shift against the elements, Wardi.

Curly, you do enjoy running long, don't you?  Nice variety of paces you have going there though.  Anyone would think you were being set sessions by someone who had a strong belief in multipace training.

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