Sunday, June 03, 2007

Breaking Down

It's starting to be a constant theme around here but can we talk about me feets!? They hurt man!! The sad thing is the PF pain has elevated to where BOTH my feet just ache walking around- definitely not good. It hit a new level this weekend when I finished a beautiful bike ride on Saturday with Steven and had to shut it down about 10 steps into our transition run. Nothing worse then watching your bro run off into the distance to bang out a transition run as you *WALK* back to your car.

Aggressive therapy is probably needed at this point since my feet are falling apart and I only ran 3.25 hrs last week. It's not like i'm throwing out 50-60 mile weeks. One thing that has really helped in the last day is wearing Birkys (thanks Karen!!) instead of my comfy crocs. As Karen stated, your feet need support right now, not cushion. She is battling similar issues and the dull ache I was experiencing while walking around is pretty much gone with the birkenstocks *good news*.

I have given up trying to wean myself off of orthotics and will look into getting some new ones asap. Timing could be a bit better though. I am signed up for the Pac Crest 1/2 Iron on 6/24 so that may turn into a swim / bike / walk? Oh the horror.

Now on to better things, Steven found a new route that goes through the little burg of Timber on the way out to Vernonia and it was AWESOME.


An hour away from his house we were riding along in some beautiful country without anyone else in sight. One of those rides where you rarely see a car since they really have no reason to be out there unless they live in Timber. Nice mix of some rolling hills, flats and steeps on the way back but a solid ride that moved right up to the top of our fave rides.

Saturday Bike
5.5 hours
94.6 Miles

I would have liked to run on Sunday since I seem to be obsessing about it with my foot issue but figured a bike ride would probably be much better then taking a chance with the feet right now. Got out a bit late into the winds but just put my head down and banged it out. I went out for a loop around Hagg Lake before heading home.

Sunday Ride
3.75 Hours
71 Miles

Now for a long overdue PSA (public service announcement). You all need to get one of these!!

No not the really cool glasses, I'm talking about the DORKY rear-view mirror. I've seen these for years and have always thought they screamed GOOOOFY until I started riding with Steven and was amazed at how he was always aware of what was going on behind us waaay before i even realized a car was approaching. I finally broke down and bought one about a month ago and I seriously don't think I could ride without one now.

Increasing your awareness can only be a good thing when you are riding around on a bicycle with a big bullseye on your back. We are really blessed to ride in a very cycling-friendly community up here in Oregon but for those of you having to regularly deal with homo sapiens of the assholicus maximus sub-species (I dealt with my fair share down in Cali so I can relate), this product can literally be a lifesaver. Swallow your pride and vanity, affix the mirror to your glasses and let your Dork Flag Fly!!

Seriously, it's not about you, it's about the people you love and making sure you come home safe and sound each time you swing your leg over your bike.
*stepping off soapbox now*

IMC Training Week 13
24.0 TOTAL Hours
Swim 2.0 Hrs

(6,750 Yrds - 3 swims. Swim volume was lacking big time. I missed the weekend swim again and one of my weekday swims was only 15 minutes!!. I need to work on my timing and figuring out the pool hours here!)
Bike 17.25 Hrs
(288.6 Miles - 5 rides. Big bump in cycling hours due to the Memorial Day ride this week. 272.6 road miles / 16 Computrainer *Intervals*)
Run 3.25 Hrs
(25.6 Miles - 3 runs including 1 off the bike. Need to work on the PF issues, as noted above - not good!)
Weights 1.5 Hrs
(2 x 45min sessions)

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a great week and be safe out there!!



Blogger Paul Fleuren said...

Sorry to hear about your PF problems Mike.

Get a golf ball under it as soon as possible. Even while your sitting down doing nothing just place your foot on a golf ball. When you find the point where it hurts the most push your foot down onto the golf ball and hold it there for a good 30sec and release, repeat repeat repeat.
When you finish that always keep your foot folling over the golf ball. No need to work it hard all the time, just need to work it alot.
PF is just tightness. it's not muscle tear or damage etc, it's just tightness. Therefore you'll need at least 1 full body massage PW, especially with the hrs your putting in.Impressive!
I would say you probably have tight muscles running right up to your shoulders. That will all contribute to pull on your PF. because your PF is the end of the line it has no where else to go in terms of diverting tightness. Unlike your calves which can send their tightness to your achilles and then your achilles sends it to your PF's. But your PF's have no-one to send it too. Therefore they crack under the pressure and will cause you the problems, even though the problem is probably not there. make sense.

massage once PW. golf ball every chance you get. Don't get dehydrated and stretch and Yoga. You not a youngun anymoreand your recovery strategies will need to be better then most. I'm in that boat too.

PF can be beaten pretty quickly and is similar to ITB problems. Both are just tightness coming from somewhere. Eliminate that and you'll be fine.



12:09 AM  
Blogger Spokane Al said...

Sorry to hear about your ongoing foot problems - I know what it is like to fight an injury when all other systems are screaming go.

Your bike mileage is, as always, very impressive. You rock on that bike.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Steven said...

Hey dude - EPIC ride on Saturday...but I missed ya on the run. Get it under control and remember which race is your "A" race this year.

Also - don't worry about not looking cool with the rearview mirror on! Remember what I said about that? "You can't look cool when you're dead!" So wear it proudly!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Donald said...

Sorry to hear about your feet. However, your bike fitness sounds amazing right now!

Thanks for the PSA. I'll check into mirrors soon.

11:12 AM  
Blogger SkiRough said...

That is a burly bike ride. I am impressed. And, sorry to hear about your feets! That must be so completely frustrating. I agree that biking is probably the best thing for them right now if they are bothering you.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Dang, what's up with the feet lately. I've been reading about others suffering as well. I know you'll be focused on getting through this as quickly as possible, thanfully with the tri training you'll be able to maintain fitness. I might give Paul's golf balls a try.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Crash said...

I too own one of the oh, so, sweet wife made me. But, I have to say that I won't do my training rides without it now.

I've got nothing for you on your PF that area I'm worhtless - other than telling you to drink a always helps me.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jason The Running Man said...

Amazing mileage on the bike I can't wait to hit those distances! Hope the feet get better quickly. Your right I need to go get the dang mirror!:)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

Poor feet! Truth be told, however, I was excited for a split second when I first read about your feet issues because I've been obsessing over some foot pain myself.

Any hints on shopping for orthotics?? In all my years in athletics, never have I had foot issues and I too, struggle just walking around. Right now, I'm using metatarsal pads which are sort of alleviating the pain.

You've got to be thrilled on the other hand with your fitness. VERY impressive rides!

6:12 PM  
Blogger jgirl said...

oooh baby you have got to cool down that body! anything with an 'itis' is inflammation.

i know you are on fire with an impressive training regiment. quite inspirational. i still feel like i am on my honeymoon with my bike, but you...whew!

now, good healing vibes, so i can get back to living vicariously through you :-)

2:31 AM  
Blogger Cliff Tam said...


U are a beast. Cranking 20+ hrs a week even with you foot injuries.

I need to look like a borg. Thanks. I've been looking for something like a clip on mirror for a while now.

12:42 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

That sucks about the PF problems. Maybe wearing my birks daily is why my feet are always healthy. Monster mileage on the bike is a nice trade off though.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Hi Mike,
I really hope you can get that nasty PF under control. That's gotta be priority number one.. IMC is just too darn close.

I've had good luck keeping PF at bay and I think the main reason is due stretching religously after every workout. Quads, hammy, calfs and yea even the tendons on the bottom of my feet... all get stretched out, everyday.

Lisa B swims at my pool and she's had major PF since IM Australia.. she's water jogging instead of real running. Makes for some long pool hours..

Yea that occular implant is very Borg like.. good stuff.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hang in there Mike, PF stinks but it will get better! Good luck.

7:06 PM  
Blogger SkiRough said...

Hope you're feeling better, man.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Hang in there. Hope your PF gets under control. Be sure to take it seriously. The golf ball (or tennis ball) thing really does help. That's a serious bike ride you posted, by the way!

10:00 PM  

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