Saturday, January 24, 2009

Don't even know what to do with myself!

Now that interviews and two more medical board exams are in the books I don't even know what to do with myself on a Saturday morning! Just getting back into training I don't want to overdo it, so I don't want to start too early- I already have about 4 hours planned for the day. So I figured it was time to give the blog some love. Let me tell you, that is not the easiest task for the computer challenged. If you have any suggestions, let them fly!

Some random thought diarrhea...

- The weather here blows. Like really, really blows. It snowed constantly and we had sub-zero windchills for about 2 weeks. Then yesterday the temps hit 40 only to have our hopes DASHED today. Cold again, snow again. GRRRRRR. I joined a gym just so that I could always have a place to run. Can't run in this crap most of the time since there aren't many sidewalks around and running in the street in the snow is not so safe. Ah well, at least I now have a backup place to swim and a place to go today for Absolutely Abs and Urban Iron. Fun! I haven't really done any strength work in the past, but I really want to work my core this year. And there is always that hidden motive to look good naked (come on, admit it. It's a hidden motivation for everyone...)

- I miss my Maddie! My parents have had my dog during the interview season since I don't have a reliable dog-sitter in Cleveland. But now I'm totally ready to have that mutt back. I have been puppy sitting all week, so that has eased the pain a little bit. And I can't wait for Maddie to meet one of my new favorite doggies, the Mookster. I think they will get along just great. What do you think?

My Maddie

Mookie, aka the Mookster

At least they share a common favorite pastime...

- Sports medicine tip of the day:

Many triathlete knee injuries can be attributed to poor bike fit, or at least partially relieved by bike adjustments. This comes as a big surprise to most, since they rarely have knee pain when cycling. As a very general rule, a bike seat that is too low will tend to cause anterior patellofemoral (kneecap) pain, and one that is too high will cause IT band inflammation and posterior knee pain. There are other injuries that can be aggravated by saddle fore/aft and cleat position, but I won't get into that...

I bring that up because I have been riding my road bike on the trainer because the tri-bike is still in Wisconsin. I noticed that ever day that I would run after riding I would develop pretty severe posterior knee pain over time. It never came on bike rest days or when it had been more than 24 hours since my last ride. Time to drop that seat down 5mm... I just need to find my multi-tool!

Happy Weekend everyone!


Big ass sitter said...

Be careful what you wish for. The CLAW is on her way.

Mike said...

Your dogs look like I feel!

triguyjt said... the new look...your header looks real sharp...did you do all that in paint??

Sara said...

Hey. I have been following your blog for a while now. I am new to tri but since I work at an endurance sports company there is no excuse for me not to get involved. Anyway, this was a great post. I made this mistake with my bike seat and wish I had read this before! :)

Keep up the good work.