Friday, May 11, 2012
Change of Plans AGAIN! Right NOW!!
Today I started with the bike up the brutal hill up my street, which felt tough but more manageable. I thought it would be a good warm up. CRAP - on my very first squat my legs hurt so bad I couldn't go down even half way. I racked the weight and tried again and even with light weight it just wasn't going to happen. I guess that type of intense riding made my quads so tight and painful that I really considered quitting. Pissed off I went in the house for a minute and came back out and said SCREW IT! I put 10 lbs on each side and suddenly it was easy and I had no pain. Now I have no clue what happened in this five minute span but I put the original weight back on and went right down for a set of 8 with no pain at all. I don't get it but I'll take it.
Challenge #2, time for lunges. I'm scared of this because I had to quit doing them before because they were irritating the same injury on my right leg that I just got two weeks ago on my left. I put a 5lb. weight on each side and slowly went for it. Nothing on either side - not a hint of pain. Now am I stupid enough to do a bench step up set with weight on my shoulders? I went really slow at first and again completed a set of 8 and felt nothing. I'm sure it will hurt later when I run, or will it?
Did some errands and work waiting on school to let out as I need to do yesterday's 10 X bleacher ramps. I'm going to trudge this with a stride length no longer than my foot. Surprise!! By #4 I was running about 30% with no pain. On #s5-8 I ran at 50% with no pain. SHOCK! I did some rhythmical runs and found that I easily could have vaulted today from 4 steps.
I'm going to hate explaining this because it makes too much sense and I don't prefer this as a solution. I got a mild strain on my right leg in November of 2011 and started my rehab right away. I was still occasionally feeling the effects of it just a month ago. The left leg was MUCH worse yet I left it totally alone for 13 days and it's nearly well. I couldn't do a bench step up on my dinged right leg for 8 weeks yet I can do one on my injured left leg in 13 days. OK - lesson learned. No rehab - rest the leg completely and work on other things.
Right NOW!! On Monday I changed my frame of mind to get ready for Italy and Brazil. Just "thinking" daily that I'm getting ready for these meets is a refreshing change from the run in place experiments I did over the last year. The first thing I noticed was my internal NEED to do things right now. No shortcuts on stretching, no waiting until later. Don't get me wrong in that I always make my training a priority. Right NOW it's urgency. I'm planning my training and scheduling my work and other responsibilities around my training again. In short, I LOVE IT!!
Thanks for your support and for being here. Oh, almost forgot, the main reason for the story is to say that I will now vault in three weeks at the California Senior Games. I may jump from 6 or 8 steps but I feel I can easily be ready to jump. SO, my entire master plan moves up a whole month. I didn't think I would be healthy or conditioned enough to jump until July and now it will be June. Pretty excited to make THIS change of plans! Bubba
Van Halen - "Right Now" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMV-fenGP1g&feature=related