[This photo was actually taken at the 1989 race.]
This was another busy week of travelling and racing. On February 11th or 12th I flew to Tampa, Florida for one of the biggest races on the American circuit—the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K. This was my fourth race weekend in a row! I flew back to Toronto the day after the race, and was back to Brussels after an overnight flight the morning of February 17th.
Now I knew I would be competing at the IAAF Cross-Country for the seventh time—in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 26. It was time to put in some serious workouts on the trails of le Forêt de Soignes and our odd ˜360m track. But would I be able to maintain top fitness with my recalcitrant heel injury?
February 13, 1988
AM: Raced Gasparilla 15K. 2nd in 49:06. Liz McColgan 1st 47:53, Wendy Sly 3rd 49:24, 4 others under 50. Conditions perfect—very cool. Felt OK except stomach sick last 1—2 miles. [I’m pretty sure that was the trip when my pre-race dinner included eating five varieties of cheesecake at the most spectacular cheesecake buffet I’ve ever seen.] Heel very sore in warmup, after race and throughout the day. 12 miles counting warmup, warmdown.
February 14, 1988
AM: Walked 1 hr on race route. Did total 43 min on Lifecycle, Level 6 with Level 10 at end of 2nd ride, few minutes rowing, then 10 min easy running on treadmill. Heel not too bad. Stomach still upset—glutton!
February 15, 1988
AM: Swim 1050m 22:23. Then 8 x 100m—all times between 1:49 and 1:56, felt good!
PM: Weights—”pull-strength-endurance” plus hamstring curls, extensions, situps, and slanted bench abdominal exercise. Worked hard 65 min.
February 16, 1988
AM: Did bike workout at club. 8 sets 3 min bike, 50 situps, 15 hamstring curls. 24 min on Lifecycle level 6 with harder level at end. 75 min.
PM: Did 30 min on Lifecycle, adjusting levels to get constant moderately heavy tensions. Legs exhausted. Heel improving.
February 17, 1988
PM: Worked out at club in Brussels. “Push-strength-endurance” with added leg curl & extension, abdominals on Universal, side leg raises. Tired from flight but feeling surprisingly good. Heel much better.
February 18, 1988
AM: Worked out at Von Karman. 38-min moderate run—couldn’t run fast because terribly sleepy, felt heavy and malcoordinated. Did 6 x 1 km. Times 3:30 (down), 3:36 (up), 3:26, 3:34, 3:25, 3:31. Felt terrible from jet lag but foot hardly hurt at all. However noticed arch soreness after. About 10 miles. Rode bike to & from Institute.
PM: Ran from house through forest. 40 min continuous—6 miles. Felt tired but not as “spaced out” as this morning. Heel and arch hurt a bit.
February 19, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 39:00. Had to stop twice because goggles leaked.
PM: Weights—”pull-strength” plus leg push (backward) on Universal, situps, snatch, squats. Felt bad because cold back again. Didn’t work out very energetically—58 min.
This week: 28 miles running, 3 bike workouts (stationary), 3 weight workouts, 2 swims, 1 Institute bike ride.