or two. I started going to the chiro 3 weeks ago and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. I had not realized how much pain I was in constantly until that pain was removed. Even my plantar is feeling better. It's amazing how much the orthotics help. Who knew????
However, becoming pain free has not been painless - pun intended :) When the chiro does the ART on the sore parts, it hurts for days after. What he's doing is breaking up scar tissue and then the body clears it out. That takes time. He did my shoulder on Thursday and it's still a little sore today. I can move it a lot better and I'm not in pain, but the muscles are sore. That's how it's been going. He'd work on the foot and it would be sore for a week. He'd work on the hip and it would be sore for a week. Now we are onto the shoulder.
My point with all this jabbering is that my working out has been sporadic. When my foot was really sore I couldn't work out much. When the hip hurt I couldn't ride the bike. Now my shoulder is sore and can't figure out what to do. I do not think I will be able to do the Century ride tomorrow as leaning on the handle bars makes my arm go numb. The chiro said I could start running again but hitting the ground makes my shoulder hurt. I know this won't last and that I'll feel much better when it's done, I just have to get through it now.
I'm actually glad I started all this now. It's a good time to get this all taken care of and then I can start some serious training. Although I don't have a definitive schedule yet, my next years schedule will look something like this:
January : 10k & 100k ride
February: Great Aloha Run
April: Sprint Tri, 5k, 10k, Biathlon, Metric Century
July: 10k, Tinman
September: Na Wahine
November: Sprint, 10k
Looks like I may have to cut some things in April. I'll probably lose the biathlon. It looks like a lot but it's really not. In 2005 my schedule looked worst than this and that year I was in awesome shape. A packed schedule kept me training - hard.
So the next 3 months will be base building. I'll be working on aerobic endurance and just getting a good strong base going. By January 1st I want to be able to run a 10k, bike 50 miles, and swim 2,000 m fairly easily. I also want to have lifted weights for 3 consecutive months.
Okay, there you have it. I guess this is my declaration of intent for next year. I better get moving :) On second thought, maybe I should check into Pigeon Forge vacation rentals for a little R&R first :)
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