Thursday, October 13, 2011

Taper week #1 - a little stir crazy + a migraine

Yesterday was a giant flop. I woke at 1:30am and literally could not breathe. My nose and throat were closed off. I struggled for air and finally forced some mucus out of my throat. I know that's appealing, but it is what it is. I took two doses of nighttime cold medicine and tried to go back to sleep. It was brutal. I lumbered in to work at about 7:20am. I made it until 9:15am and I had to go home. Massive migraine behind my left eye. I slept from 9:30am until 4:00pm. By 7:00pm, the headache was gone.

This morning, I woke at 3:30. I drank some joe and hit the road for some L4/L5 threshold training on the bike. I felt strong. I covered 20 miles in about 53 minutes. Then Baron and I went out for about a 4 mile sprint.I could not believe I felt this strong considering the headache from the day before. Sleep is a wonderful thing, I guess.

I went to the gym and swam at lunch. I did about 500m or so. If I really concentrate, I do not slip my timing anymore. I feel much faster in the water. I can't wait to race.

I have some metabolic testing scheduled for tomorrow. It will help me understand my basic caloric burn rates. This is part of the pre-planning for the last few months of the training for St. George. I love the science and statistics behind triathlon.

We are racing Sunday! It is a sprint. It is a fun course. Carrie may do the mini sprint. I am doing the longer race.


  1. How do you go about metablolic testing?

  2. Went to a local community college and got hooked up to some machines. It took about an hour. Google "RMR" test to see.