A decided NO! But before I begin my whine session, I do want to say I hope everyone has enjoyed a little holiday cheer these past few days! I know we did around the Zippy household.
Four days into my cross-training extravaganza and I’m not enjoying it. Let’s review the past few days workouts:
- Thursday–2,000-yd. swim followed by 30 minutes of water running
- Friday–90 minutes on the trainer
- Saturday–One hour on the trainer, including 45 minutes of a Spinervals DVD (No Slackers Allowed, where I get to work out with my 32-yr. old self).
- Today–2,300-yrd. swim followed by 30 minutes of water running
All this cross-training has served to reinforce to me that I am happier as a runner than as a triathlete. I don’t mind the bike so much if I’m on the road. But on a trainer? I keep thinking of Caratunk Girl and her epic 8-hr. trainer session last year. Serious mental toughness. Swimming–I usually do two 2,000-yd. sessions per week anyhow. I like it, like what it does for my tight running muscles, but do I want to swim more than that? No. And don’t even get me started on the tedium that is water running. Beth, I take my hat off to you. Dash, even more–you do this regularly, by choice!
I feel like the time off running has progressed my leg a bit, but not where it needs to be yet. I had my first pain-free night of sleep last night, so that’s a small victory. But I can still feel tightness in my right leg. My hope is that by one week off running, all pain/tightness will be gone, and then I can continue to rest it for one more week. I haven’t even done any lower-body strength work in almost a week, because some of the exercises I was doing were definitely aggravating my condition.
Yes, I can make it two weeks and not go crazy, or even get all that cranky (my husband might beg to differ). If I get to that two-week point, though, and I’m not healed, all bets are off. My sanity will definitely be in question!