Jul 14

I went to see my podiatrist on Friday as I’ve had pain in my foot - specifically the second and third toe. He said it could be a developing neuroma so took my orthotics away to put more support in the forefoot area.

He said I’d have them back tomorrow but I just got a call saying it’s going to take a week.

Annoying! But I guess the rest for my foot isn’t a bad thing. I’ll have to do more cycling instead.

Jul 13
So many cockatoos lined up along the race track for today’s Sri Chinmoy race.

Just down here supporting. My orthotics are in for repairs so I’m sitting this one out.

So many cockatoos lined up along the race track for today’s Sri Chinmoy race.

Just down here supporting. My orthotics are in for repairs so I’m sitting this one out.

Jul 12

Just got back from a great ride today.

Found some new cycle paths, took on some 100m climbs and had a great day out. Here’s the route and stats:

Jul 06

I’ve been sick this week and forgot my goggles for swim laps on Wednesday. Otherwise, very happy with my activity:

Monday: Swim class
Tuesday: 8.61km intervals run
Wednesday: Relaxing in the spa and sauna rather than swimming 1km
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 63.51km cycle
Sunday: 11.37km slow distance run

Hopefully you can see those links to Strava.

Totals: 
Running: 19.98km
Swimming: 0km
Cycling: 63.51km

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Thoughts

The highlight was the 11.37km slow distance run. No ITB soreness until right at the end - very encouraging.

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Next week

Swim class (last one until September) and laps, intervals run, cycling and a running race. I haven’t registered yet as I’m trying to decide whether to do the 5km or 10km. The route is pretty scenic! Here it is:

Jul 05

Here are the stats and map for today’s 63.6km ride. New routes were conquered!

Coffee time! Far out it’s freezing this morning.

Coffee time! Far out it’s freezing this morning.

Jun 29

Quite happy with this week’s efforts, even though it looks I rested heaps:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 10.4km tempo run
Friday: 1km swim
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 53km cycle

Totals: 
Running: 10.4km
Swimming: 1km
Cycling: 53km

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Thoughts

I’m trying to get my training schedule back into some kind of rhythm after a few ropey weeks. Thursday’s 10km tempo run was a real highlight - a little tightness and minimal ITB pain.

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Next week

Swim class and laps, interval and tempo runs, cycling and possibly core work in the gym. I’m trying to join a new gym at the mo so this may not happen.

27km into my ride: coffee time. (at Little Paw Espresso)

27km into my ride: coffee time. (at Little Paw Espresso)

Jun 22
This runner won both the 5km and 10km at the Cooks River Fun Run. Barely puffing!

This runner won both the 5km and 10km at the Cooks River Fun Run. Barely puffing!

Best running outfit for today’s Cooks River Fun Run!

Jun 05

10 points to me this morning.

I went on a 20km bike ride in the dark in the pouring rain. It was tough to see anything in front of me!

Another cyclist I met at the lights said to me, “we must be crazy!”.

I like to think he’s wrong.

Jun 02
Latest R4YL mag! Keep me entertained this evening. After Game of Thrones that is.

Latest R4YL mag! Keep me entertained this evening. After Game of Thrones that is.

May 26

Yesterday, I rode with a couple mates all the way along the M7 cycleway from Liverpool to the Hills.

Was it good? Yep. Really like the long 40km stretch. Was it eventful? Yes - my mate came off. Not pleasant.

Here we were:

This was some of the scenery:

And there went Richard after flying off taking a corner. His poor shoulder:

Here’s our route on Garmin:

We didn’t complete the whole route there and back so I’ll have to return.

Ride safe!

May 23

My replacement fitbit has arrived!

May 21

Did I flare up my ITB? Is cortisone painful? When can I run again?

No, no idea and this weekend I think!

I can hardly believe it. I went out for a long run with a mate of mine 1h30 before my sports doctor appointment, hitting continuous hills, bush tracks and road. We ran 13.6km and no flare up in my knee. I felt a slight tweak at 10.7km but otherwise nothing.

All I ended up with was being knackered (having not run that far since last year) and heavy soreness in my right shin (ITB pain is on the left).

The sports doc said he’s seen ITBs just fix themselves before, but it’s more likely it’ll just come back on as I do more km’s.

I have two takes on it:

  1. A similar thing happened at the end of last year. Week one I ran 9km (felt fine), week two 10km (felt fine), week three 11km (got pain) and week four 9km (got pain). I’ve only been doing 8-10km of late so I think a few weeks of distance and the pain will be back.
  2. All the core and glute work in the gym I’ve been doing is starting to pay off and giving me more pain-free distance. Likely this is wishful thinking though I guess.

The plan, as requested by the sports doc:
Keep building km’s slowly, per my normal training plan. When I get consistent pain at whatever distance, do another big run to bring on that pain before the appointment and we can go from there, likely with cortisone.

As always, keep you posted. For now, fingers crossed this shin pain subsides. I’m hobbling along!

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