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Oh DOMS, how I hate you. For those of you wondering, DOMS is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. That’s the sadistic part of your body that delays your feeling of soreness to a time about 3 days after your workout. All week I’ve been feeling GREAT, and very happy about not being sore. WRONG. Woke up seriously sore but it’s a good sore. It means I’m breaking down muscle and rebuilding. Keep it coming!!

I was scared that I wasn’t going to squeeze anything in today becuase of getting up late and having to go right in to the shop. Fortunately there was a lull in traffic (maybe that’s not fortunate, owning the business and all) around 1:45 and I decided to take my bike out for a little fun. I knew I only had about 45 minutes or so, so a quick jaunt out to Bozman would be perfect.

My bike, a Kestrel 4000 LTD, is AWESOME, but I haven’t quite set myself up perfectfly yet. It’s kind of like walking in a contractors’ house and finding 20 projects that aren’t finished. I went out on my ride anyway and have to say that a full carbon ride is definetly the way to go. Most of the little imperfections in the roadway just disappear when you’re on carbon. It seemed like nothing to run the bike up to 20mph almost instantly. I would later find that was because of a head wind.

Later, after more training, I will use these headwinds as training aides. People laugh at us all the time, being on the Eastern Shore, becuase we don’t really have hills. We laugh back. We have wind. And our wind is CRAZY. It sometimes feels like a headwind both ways. Oh well, the joys of living on a peninsula. Anyway, in addition to our winds, I always point out to my hill-oriented friends that we flat-landers pedal all day long, never stopping. They have to work to get to the top of their hills but then they coast down the other side. Boo

Overall the ride went well. I certainly felt as though I had not been on the bike for some time. That shouldn’t have been a shock but I can tell you that there are some spin classes in my future to try and get my legs back.

Total time ridden – 43:07              Total Distance – 12.95 miles          Avg Speed of 18.02 mph

Week one (Let’s get caught up)

Sunday night I decided it was time for a run. Let’s see what a big loop around the neighborhood will entail.

1.59 miles is a big loop around the neighborhood. Good for a warmup, but I’m going to have to find more distance. For not having run in almost a year, I was happy with the 8:34 pace, but it’s going to have to get faster…. and longer….

Weight training. This is one of the few times in the year (pre-season) that I will actually lift. Once the season gets going, #1 There is little time to lift and #2 We’re doing so much other physical activity, it doesn’t seem right to lift. I will be sure to post my full body triathlon workout on the training tips page.

Longer run. So the 1.59 mile thing wasn’t working for me and, since the shop is closed on Tuesday and I didn’t have to work my other job, I thought I’d go for a longer run. 3.87 mile at a 9:15 pace, Eh. Not bad but I have to remember that I’m starting all over again. That is perhaps the most frustrating part of this whole process

AWESOME! Laura decided to come to a gentle Yoga class with me at the St Michaels YMCA. Though it is gentle, the stretching is just what I need. I find that between Yoga and Chiropractic work, I always have a great season!!

DAY OFF – WHAT?!? A day off already? Yes. I know that the body needs time to rest. Without that, it will break down and the training will cease. A day off is just what I needed. 

The kids are sick but fortunately Laura wants me to do this too so… I’m able to get out and do another weight workout tonight. I’ll do the weights about 2-3 times a week for the next two months, just to kickstart the muscles again.

Reality. The kids are sick. I have to open the shop at 10am and be at my police job by 4. When will I ever get a workout in? Fortunately the St Michaels YMCA is right around the corner and I’m able to jump in to a 45 minute core conditioning class with the Director, Tracey. Great job! Now to get to the shop and maybe get a bike up on a trainer.