Super Bowl, Knee Struggles & Swim PRs

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! What a great, American spectacle. I was rooting for the Colts (Manning is the man), but I am just happy it was a great game. We had some teammates over — Darius Terry, Joe Withers, Simon Gilna and Eric Lynch — and we all made and ate lots of food. My contribution was my Mom’s chili recipe and Trader Joe’s cornbread. Both were delicious.

Knee

The knee troubles continue. As of now, I am able to run 10-20 minutes without pain. As I go longer or increase pace it begins hurting. I have been icing, ultrasounding, and strengthening for over a month now with little improvement. It is getting pretty frustrating. And to frustrate me further, I have been trying to get a CD with my MRI images mailed to NAU’s team doctor for over a week now. Patience is a virtue, I guess.

Once the doctor receives the images, we will have some orthopedics take a look. Depending on their suggestions, I may end up undergoing arthroscopic surgery on my knee. I have read and been told that, as far as surgeries go, arthroscopic knee surgery is about as noninvasive as it gets, with reports of people back running in a couple of weeks. The quick recovery time makes the surgery very appealing. Frankly, I don’t see myself back running full strength in a couple weeks without the surgery anyway. Why not get it fixed?

But I am getting ahead of myself. For now, I wait to see what the doctors say.

Swimming

Today I did a time trial as prescribed by USATriathlon. The protocol for the test is a 200 (yards or meters), 1 minute rest, 800. I did this test a month ago and, converting from yards to meters, 2:45 and 12:45 equivalents. In today’s test I swam a 2:39 and a 12:13, 6 and 32 second improvements, respectively. I plan to continue to do this test once a month to measure my improvement.

Needless to say, swimming is going in the right direction. Still, I have a lot of work to do. For 2010, I want to be under 2:30 for 200m and 11:06 for 800m (at sea level). I swam over 20,000m for the first time this last week. I am hopeful that many more high volume, high intensity weeks will get me closer to that goal.

Indoor and Outdoor

Because of my recent setbacks, running the 2010 indoor season is out of the question. There are but a couple meets left before the conference meet and there is no way I will be ready. Outdoor runs into the middle of May and beyond, so I think if I continue down the road to recovery, I should be able to salvage a decent outdoor season. After the improvements I made in cross country, I think even a mediocre season for me should yield some solid PRs.

2 Replies to “Super Bowl, Knee Struggles & Swim PRs”

  1. I’ve been getting over a terrible ankle sprain, and haven’t been able to run in a month, so I can feel you there.

    Great improvement on the swim, though; I swam as at a relatively high level as a junior, and have been getting back into it as of late for the same tri purposes. What kinds of sets have you been doing to improve?

    You should look at trying to enter into some local masters races; there’s a good chance you could find a 500 free or a 1650 (if you dare go there…), and masters meets are usually pretty cheap to enter into, and a good way to test swim fitness in a relaxed environment.

  2. For the last month or so, I have been doing workouts that I am emailed weekly from Barb Lindquist. Generally 100/200 repeat stuff. Some IM, a little bit of kicking. Most is based off a “threshold” pace which I generally use 1:40/100m.

    I have thought about doing some meets, but I am a little scared. I don’t know if my pride is ready to be crushed by a middle-aged woman. However, it would get me my competition fix while I am healing.

    Good luck with the ankle, Chris. And thanks for reading/commenting 🙂

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