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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
March 19, 2017
So what is a guy to do when he runs a massive race that completely pushes him to the limits? Well in the past for me, it boiled down to a pretty big high after any race, leading to some unusual happenings for me. I would start going gang busters on the workouts and then really get crazy on the track. I remember the first run I did after Ragnar Del Sol last year was an eight mile run…and I did it in 9:15 minute miles! I really had no idea what I was doing that particular week in general. Of course, that was a completely different time. I was a little more prepared for the running, and I did not have to deal with the lack of sleep I had for this race nor the extreme heat that hit us. This year presented so many unique challenges to my psyche and my body that I had to deal with everything much differently than I did in the past. That post race high just wasn’t there. I didn’t have the motivation to be better. Now of course, the first problem that I ran into was the fact that I really had no sleep. Between the hours of 4:30 a.m. on Thursday and 10 p.m. on Saturday I maybe got a total of four hours of rest scattered all throughout the race. Most of it was in a two hour saw logging session on Friday night. So yes, after being hopped on coffee and hand held snacks for nearly two days, I really didn’t have the kind of recovery I used to have. The other thing that really surprised me as well was the weather when I got home. Of course, the weather in Phoenix is not much different than Tucson, but it was still a surprise when I went to sleep that night in an 80-degree plus sauna pit. Fortunately I was way too tired to even notice and maybe nodded off for a good ten hours. I woke up the next day and got some coffee, picked up my pups and then proceeded to lounge around for the rest of the day. So yes, Sunday was pretty much a wasted day for me where I did really nothing but eat and sleep and hang out with the puppies.
But that is the thing, the next day I didn’t feel any different. Monday I woke up and I was still sore and still hating the idea of even getting out of bed. Of course, I had a rather busy day ahead of me, mainly because I had to get my leg muscle scraped and get a small workout in at Parsons Training. And by small, I mean I put in a good hour of work that was perfect for getting my body stretched out. But even though I was taking the whole process easy, I still felt pretty tired at the end of the day. I barely got through my weekly sojourn to The Loft to watch a Mondo Monday movie (this past week was Brain Damaged, which I highly recommend you check out). Strangely enough , I think my biggest hang-up from my return was the way my stomach and my eating schedule felt. I just didn’t really feel like eating anything. For a good two days, I ate sporadically, which is not a good idea when you have blown up the number of calories I did during Ragnar. It was the weirdest thing for me…not wanting to eat. Now of course, I finally got my appetite back on Tuesday, and it came back roaring. I was eating everything in sight for breakfast, had a huge lunch and even some hummus and pita chips after work. It was probably a good thing though, because I really needed the extra food in my system. Turns out I had an unexpected surprise that day. Jenny was back!
For a short while there, I was being trained by Jenny and getting some good work on my Olympic lifting progressions, but an eye injury (a detached retina!) knocked her out of the game for a little bit. Fortunately after some rest and medical treatment, she was finally well enough to start training me again. Personally, this was a good sign for me, even though I was falling into a weird little bout of sickness. Yup, I am getting sick again, most likely due to my allergies and what not. Anyway, with Jenny’s return, this meant I had a little more structure in my workout again, especially when it comes to the lifting. Now in the weeks she was out recovering, it was not like I wasn’t keeping up with my snatch progressions, but like anyone that is trying to hone their craft, making sure you have plenty of instruction to make sure you don’t start getting back into sloppy habits is a must. Trust me, I was falling back into some bad habits that could ultimately hurt me. For one, I was starting to lift my heels again. This can be problematic for anyone trying to get the best out of their movements, and I was slowly but surely starting to fall back into these habits. Fortunately, with Jenny around, I was able to once again focus on the problem at hand. I got a little better with the snatch that particular day, for I managed to do some heavier weights and it is a matter of time before I start getting better at the movement. Anyway, I finally did 95 pounds on the snatch, which doesn't sound like much but for me was a pretty good challenge. The key when you are trying to do this particular exercise is getting the balance above your head, making sure you have sound control and the ability to maintain your body. I can say that I didn’t have to escape even once from doing this, though there was a couple of times that I got a little shaky.
Either way, my first two workouts of the week were in the bag, and I knew I really needed to get the most of them because of a problem I mentioned earlier. My allergies. For some reason, my head feels like a vice and my chest is congested. This is pretty typical when the change of season happens for me, and I should have known I was in for a shock when my poor dog Scarlett starting getting bad around her eyes and her skin during the previous week. So to illustrate the gross side of my life, my ears have been a waxy mess and thus…ear infection! And congestion. And now I can barely talk! I tried doing a little run on Wednesday but it was no use, for I obviously flamed out after just a mile due to the fact I couldn’t breath. I called the little jaunt a failure, but oh well. I knew I might have to wait a few days before I was really ready again. Like I said earlier, this rarely happens to me, even if it is for medical reasons. So I went through two tired as heck workouts and a failed run. Good way to start the week off.
Thursday was a much better day for me, mainly because I was feeling a little better and I had plenty of food that day in regards to my health regimen. Jenny had me do some Olympic weight lifting, only this time she took a much harder approach for me on the workout. We did some clean progressions and also some clean and jerk progressions. Now I haven’t done the clan and jerk for quite a while, so I will admit I was pretty happy to do this particular exercise. Of course, I had to learn the proper procedure of getting my legs back into position when standing straight, for apparently I have been doing it wrong whenever I actually did do it. But it was a minor fix. Now of course, the rest of the workout was what really killed me. While I did not do a leg day per se, I did do a lot of stuff that blasted my glutes and made me wish for death. First she had me do some hip and leg work with the elastic bands. Essentially, you are side stepping across the entire gym and trying to keep your hips from burning at an uncomfortable temperature while also maintaining form. That was the toughest part of the movement. Anyway, she then had me do a circuit that was pretty rough on all parts of my body, forcing me to do push-ups, then a 30-second plank and then jump squats, side leans and then more squats. I had to do this a total of four times at 20 reps apiece. It sounds easy when you really think about it, but when you actually do it, it can be very tough on the body. The worst part is when you are still having some breathing problems, and you are trying to beat the one hour clock on the session. If anything, I wouldn’t want the clock to end on me before the session was over. That would have been the biggest embarrassment for me ever!
Now if you can believe it, I was gonna try and get a run in after the session but my legs were hurting and most of all, Jenny pretty much demanded I should just take the rest of the night off. On most nights, I would not have listened to anyone in regards my body, but this time I had to listen. Over the last few weeks, I have learned to listen to my trainers better even if they are a temporary one for the time being. Jenny has managed kick my butt in areas I would not have deemed possible, especially in the types of weights and workouts I have been doing. So I listened and did;t run. In fact, she recommended I take a full week off from running…which for the most part I have done. I was pretty exhausted fro the Ragnar Del Sol race and I needed to really let my body recoup rather than push myself in a way that might hurt myself worse yet, make me dislike the very idea of exercise (which at this rate is kinda impossible). I took the rest of the night off and had fulfilling meal of pasta at home (along with some cashew based “parmesan” cheese, hehe).
The good news for me this week was the fact I got to finish up with some yoga, which I have to say is really starting to benefit me in a lot of ways I never would have gotten from purely working out. I can truly see my imbalances, which thankfully my yogi Rhue is forcing me to actually look at these days. Combined with the work I am getting on Mondays from my friend Carrie, the work on my body elasticity is certainly working. I feel much better these days, but I also know the sitting is getting to me still. One thing is for certain though. I did get a good idea about my balance when I started doing some one legged yoga poses. I have come a long way from the days where I would lose my balance after just a couple seconds. I was actually holding my balance for at 20 seconds at a time!
Anyway, this past week was a bit of roller coaster for me. As I write this blog, I am extremely tired and taxed, for the sleep patterns have been disrupted all week and I will most likely spend much of my precious time off today sleeping. Which I really hate, because I have so many other things that I really need to do these days. Look for a new job, get back int the running and eat better in general. I have to learn how to manage my time much better I guess, as well as my meager funds. Some friends from my Desert Flames team are already asking me to run at McDowell Mountain in November, but I asked them to put me as an alternate for the time being. I just don’t have the funds right now to keep up. Today I intend to make a go of it on the running track. so we shall see what happens. I am hoping I had a bit more energy fro the upcoming week, for thread sickness that is circulating in my mind is starting get a little annoying. Anyway, here is to next week…hopefully a better one!
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