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Monday, October 17, 2005
The Active Triathlete Newsletter appeared in my inbox this morning, and there are a couple good articles in it that really hit me. The first was on the importance of actually resting at the end of the season:
Now, I admit that I did throw in an extra race I originally didn't plan on this year (the Green Bay Duathlon). But it ended up really well, and I'm very glad I did it. What I didn't do was stop training after that race. After that race, I gave myself a couple days, then started running again. Well, I tweaked my right knee somehow... I think I pulled a tendon. I did give myself about a week after that, but then things started feeling better so I went running again... and last Friday I tweaked it again... probably worse. It's still a little sore this morning. I'm kinda pissed at myself, by Friday was so gorgeous out that I couldn't help myself. I find myself now wishing for crappy weather to discourage me from training and hurting myself more. I really need to rest some more, and give myself a break after a long season. I also need to lay off running and give my knees a break, and do more biking for a while.
Another amusing article is this one called No Such Thing as a Sprint Triathlon. I found it interesting because I've done pretty much all sprints so far, and want to extend into longer distances next year. Whenever I end up talking about doing triathlons to someone who didn't know that I did them... the first thing that always comes up is "Wow, so you're doing like an Ironman?". Then I have to explain how Ironman is a specific distance (and an insane one of that), and how I've been doing "sprints". I always feel a little let down when I do this, because it actually makes what I do seem so piddly in comparison. So I found this article pretty funny, in that the author describes what a real sprint triathlon ought to be compared to what most people consider a "sprint". Just an FYI, an average sprint distance triathlon is a 1/4 mi swim, 15 mi bike, and a 5k run (3.1 mi):
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