George Gluppe 1933—2012
This week’s writing is going to be about my coach, George Gluppe, more than about me. Though George passed away on Saturday, my grieving for him started over a year ago. I wrote a post then that I kept private. I will publish it today.
This week’s training log is related to the theme of “Endings” in a sense. My race on April 24th was the last one I would be able to do for a while. My heel bursitis and Achilles tendonitis had progressed to the point where I would soon have no choice but to stop running entirely. Now I had only five months remaining until the Olympics. What kind of program could coach George give me that could keep the possibility of running 10,000m at a world-class level open?
Olympic Training Log
April 23, 1988
Rest day—just walked race course in Oslo. Heel still very bad. Feeling draggy, didn’t sleep well.
April 24, 1988
PM: Raced 10K in Oslo. Beaten by Albertina Machado, 32:29 for her, 32:33 for me. Good fight—she surged just before 9K and picked up 20m. Very good times for a very hilly course with lots of turns and gravel. Everything wrong for me physically—stomach upset, insomnia, heel very sore even during race, also came down with a cold later that night. 10 miles counting warmup, warmdown.
April 25, 1988
AM: Went swimming—did 106 lengths in 15m pool—about a mile—38 min. Feeling tired today from cold, throat very sore. Heel very bad.
April 26, 1988
AM: Rode bike to Von Karman to work on translation, rode back hilly route. Not feeling too bad today, but cold still making me feel draggy.
PM: Weights—“pull-strength” plus several leg exercises with bar, leg press, abdominals on Universal. Worked hard 65 min. Heel slightly better today.
April 27, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 37:05—lots of energy.
AM-2: Biked continuous for about 2hr20, through forest, past Waterloo [this was the Waterloo, Napoleon’s Waterloo] and back. Legs tired but not exhausting overall like running! Heel improving.
April 28, 1988
AM: Rode bike to Von Karman, did 1 hr bike workout including 4x up and down paved road. Couldn’t go very fast, legs tired from yesterday. Rode home later.
PM: Weights—“push-strength-endurance” plus hyperextensions, backward leg press, situps, side leg-raises. Heel improving but still hurts a lot when I get up.
April 29, 1988
AM: Swim 50 lengths 37:10—felt very energetic.
PM: Weights 33 min—situps, bench press on Universal, dips, leg curl and extension on bad machine.
This week: 2 bike workouts, 2 Von Karman bike rides, 3 swims, 2½ weight workouts, 10 miles running (1 race). Heel isn’t improving, still hurts in morning.