Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer is coming...

Hi all!!
Well this post is a little bitter sweet....

1) Summer is here!! Student's are finishing up their finals as I type. Summer brings rest, relaxation, and usually lots of training....but....
2) I'm not healthy.  I've had a nagging hamstring issue for the past month and it's slowly...slowlllllyyyy....sllooooowwwwwwwlllyyyyy getting better.

The issue is the attachment area in the upper hamstring/lower butt....literally a pain in the butt. Basically where the red arrow is on the picture. I haven't been able to run a lot, which is killing me because as you know I heart the running. I have been able to spin and swim. I haven't gone on any significant bike rides but maybe in a couple weeks. Abby and I did purchase some paddle boards so I'm excited to get out as much as possible in the summer.
So I've come to the realization that this summer in racing is going to be very little to non-existent. I've read various articles that this hamstring issue can be up to 4-6 months till one is back to competitive racing. I will miss the racing, but I think the biggest bummer is that I will not be running much with the cross country team. Running will the guys is one of the best things about summer...just going out and enjoying everyone's company while logging long miles.

I've been able to log many yards/meters in the pool, which has helped with my sanity, but it's just not the same. I've been getting into the yoga studio (bikram) a little more to help with my alignment and flexibility. I actually convinced three of my cross country girls to try it...not really sure if they enjoyed it or not

I've been seeing a chiropractor to help with my alignment. He said the major issue is that my glutes are not firing correctly...not really sure what that means, but I've been working on my bridges and core. I've done ART, which seems to help with breaking up the tissue to help heal.

Well...updates will be coming for sure but everyone out there...keep up the great training and enjoy the summer!!