In my effort to turn all those I am acquainted with into runners, Tina has begun reading Once A Runner, hands down the best novel ever written about running. Naturally I have picked it back up and have read a few of the early chapters. While describing Bruce Denton’s prowess, the idea of a secret to running is introduced. Basically, there is no secret. The Secret is that you must run and run over years to reach your full potential. I have certainly followed this principle in my running career and have seen the rewards, especially over the last year.
Since I have been unable to run my usual volume I have taken to the pool, and more recently to the bicycle, with this same principle in mind. As Jordan Rapp, Ironman champion, put it on Twitter, “it’s the same ‘secret’ as running – swim a lot, swim regularly, & swim fast.” Hopefully the work I put in now, in addition to what I did before my surgery, will pay dividends when I begin to pursue triathlons full-time.
@jasonpedersen it's the same "secret" as running – swim a lot, swim regularly, & swim fast.
— Jordan Rapp ??? (@rappstar) April 15, 2010
Since my surgery I have slowly been building my mileage. As a reference, my first week after surgery I did 20 minutes on an elliptical machine. Subsequent weeks had ~4, 5, 8, and 11 hours total of exercise. This last week I was able to get in 14 hours and 14 minutes of exercise, including 2:50 biking (2x’s, 59.68 miles), 4:53 running (6x’s, 40.85 miles) and 6:21 swimming (6x’s, 18km).
As the semester winds down I will be able to offer more detail into my weekly training.