This week my June 9th entry shows that I ran for the first time since April 30th. Heel bursitis is a frustrating injury though; even after six weeks of not running a step, I still felt some pain when I jogged. It’s difficult to decide when to start running again when you have an injury like that. You have to balance the urgency of the upcoming competition with the level of pain. You have to increase the amount of running you’re doing very gradually, and use the injury’s response to each workout as a gauge as to whether you can continue. You’ll see how my running training unfolds in the coming weeks.
As I look over this cross-training period, I’m quite impressed by the consistency of my double workouts every day and the long hours I often put in. I was working hard to maintain my fitness and keep my legs strong.
When I read my entry for June 8th, which describes a swim workout I did with my friend Beth Primrose, I was gratified to see that I can swim even faster today than I did in 1988! I’m not sure why, because my strokes were lousy then and they still are. I’ve never been willing to take swimming lessons because I’m always miserably cold in pools. Maybe I’m a little better now because for the past year or two, I’ve been doing pool workouts with Paul, mostly fast 50s. Once again, I think it’s a case of speedwork leading to improvement.
The photo above shows Beth and I just before doing the best kind of swim workout: a swim in a warm lake! I should mention that Beth is a much better swimmer than me; she was an international triathlon competitor in the 1980s. On the day this photo was taken, we did a simple loop course around some floating platforms for our workout. I think she tried to complete three loops in the time it took me to finish two; or maybe I did three loops in the time she did four.
Olympic Training Log
June 4, 1988
AM: Did Kettleby ride without a break—2hr56 min.
PM: Lifecycle at club. 24-min with level 9 after 19 min, level 9 for 5 more min, level 7 last 5 min. Worked very hard—very tired after.
June 5, 1988
AM: Rode up north with George—90 min—good ride.
PM: Worked out at club. 8 sets 3 min bike, backwards sitting press, hyperextensions—about 47 min total.
June 6, 1988
AM: Swim 1,800m—about 37:57. Rode to pool & back. Rode to York for therapy and back.
PM: Weights—“push-endurance” + situps, hyperextensions, leg press. 66 min.
June 7, 1988
AM: Lifecycle workout—2 24-min sessions level 6 and level 9—found top hill very tough today.
PM: Rode bike to club. Stationary bike continuous 40 min. Lower tension than usual because being cautious of knee—still really tough last 10 min, tired after.
June 8, 1988
AM: Rode bike to club. Weights—“pull-endurance” plus leg lift on incline, hamstring curls, rowing. 62 min. Very tired this morning—not enough sleep. Did Lifecycle level 6, only 12-min program.
PM: Swim workout with Beth. 750m warmup. 10 sets of 100m, 50m—taking 2:15 and 1:15 for interval + rest—i.e. approx 20 sec rest. Worked hard—about 52 min.
June 9, 1988
AM: Rode near house on bike 23 min for run warmup. Ran for 8½ min—heel hurt a bit and didn’t really warm up. Didn’t hurt after or later in day.
AM-2: Spent about ½ hr in pool with Mike Berger experimenting with running belt.
PM: Did bike workout at club. 24 min on Lifecycle, levels 6 and 9—rapid turnover today. Did 8 intervals of 3 min bike, situps, alternate dumbbell raises. Not too tired after!
June 10, 1988
AM: Swim workout. 1050m warmup, 22:11. 4 x 200m. 4:02, 3:58, 3:58, 3:57.
PM: Did weight workout at gym—mixture of leg exercises and push exercises—everything max. Felt good, enjoyed workout—about 74 min.
This week: 1 mile running, 2 long bike rides, 2hr52 min stationary bike, 3 swim workouts, 3 weight workouts.