Back to Work…..?

Back to Work…..?

Such a strange workout week. Dealing with two completely distinct issues: My back/sciatica. I posted twice this week already about my back, so I won’t go into detail about it again here. The pain is still there in my lower back area, though it is getting less and Advil seems to handle the worst of the pain. I’m doing physio exercises to strengthen the area and am hopeful that I have good, quick results. Not being in Aero is hell,…

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Back to Work!

Back to Work!

Well if there was ever doubt in my mind about getting back into the swing of things, it is definitely 99% gone now. Since Monday, I’ve racked up 515 TSS (today being end of Wednesday) across all three disciplines. Whatever is going on in my back/leg doesn’t seem to be slowing me down. At least not much. I seem to be pretty much back to work across the board, and I’m pretty stoked about that. I did get to my…

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Back to Work?

Back to Work?

Recovery week is over, so its time to get back to work. I think? In the last few posts I’d complained about a hamstring/calf problem. In the last 5 or 6 days of focused recovery that problem hadn’t gone away, which led me to skipping workouts. One would expect this would actually make the problem disappear, especially if it is a muscle strain or similar. Instead, the problem spread rapidly. My lower back area was stiff and painful 24 hours…

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If there are Recovery Week Gods, they’re either on my side or firmly pitted against me.

If there are Recovery Week Gods, they’re either on my side or firmly pitted against me.

This was the oddest, best, and worst recovery week I’ve ever had by a wide margin. First the bad. It rained. For the entire week. Non-stop. Cold, wet, rain. The temps outdoor sat right around 5ish degrees or colder for just about the entire week, and once the rain started on Tuesday, it didn’t stop until Sunday in the wee early hours of the morning. The ground is absolutely soaked even with a full day of (relatively) nice weather. I…

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Recovering Like a Boss

Recovering Like a Boss

Recovery week is upon us! I never think I need a recovery week until I’m into the week and start to feel better again. This time, I’m becoming re-acquainted with my couch, my floor, and my foam roller. I think those three things missed me because I seem to be spending a fair bit of time with them. Monday was a great day off – bigtime mental and physical break. Big projects at work kept me late Monday but was…

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Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Stats: Swim: 13750m, TSS 315.8 Bike: 233 km, TSS 550.5 Run: 27.6 km, TSS 236.5 Total Duration: 14:22 Total TSS: 1102.7 CTL: 127.2 ATL: 171.2 Form: -39.3 A very odd week. Monday & Tuesday were non-training days, so I tried to cram in lots of work through the rest of the week. I’m not really sure where to begin, or how to feel about this. Just a strange week. Unfortunate that I missed my TSS goal, but next week is…

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Nuts Week….

Nuts Week….

This has been a crazy nuts week. Honestly, I have no idea how to feel about it. Monday & Tuesday I wrote about a bit here. Short version – took two days to spend with my wife and not train, with the exception of a Tuesday morning FTP test on the bike (with excellent results, so points in the plus column). My weekly TSS goal was 1310, which is a lot. As of right now, Saturday evening, I’m sitting at…

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And Now for Something Totally Different!

And Now for Something Totally Different!

Monday & Tuesday of this week were a bit different than typical this week. My wife has been working hard in grad school, and finished up the term on Saturday. I decided to take a few days off from work to spend with her before she gets going again, so Monday and Tuesday of this week were busy! We decided on two day trips. Monday, we took a drive up to the Bruce Peninsula to do some hiking. Of course,…

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Something Pretty Awesome Just Happened! And How to Rock Your FTP Test!

Something Pretty Awesome Just Happened! And How to Rock Your FTP Test!

Today was the first day of TrainerRoad’s Sweet Spot Base High Volume 2, which means… FTP Test! I knew that I was in for a bit of a bump, but was amazed to see a HUGE 17.6% increase in FTP. Pretty awesome. Since I’ve started using TrainerRoad about 7 weeks ago, I’ve shifted my FTP from 2.32 w/kg to 2.90 w/kg. That accounts for a whopping 24.9% increase. Obviously I’m thrilled with this, but how did I do it? And…

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Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Stats: Swim: 4600m, TSS 103.1 Bike: 261 km, TSS 760.7 Run: 43.9 km, TSS 363.3 Total Duration: 14:39 Total TSS: 1227.1 CTL: 121.2 ATL: 177.9 Form: -37.5 With the pool closed again this week, I had to make up some TSS in the other two disciplines. I also had a really lousy swim on one of my workouts, and I bailed after just 1400m, so really didn’t do much of anything in the pool this week. My arms were feeling…

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