I'm seriously thinking about the recent ramp-up on my training and its effect on my body.
I have been experiencing pretty strong flare-ups and stiffness every day after a workout, even when it is not a long/hard workout day. On top of that, my ankles and calves have gotten extremely tight, despite my continuous bodywork and strengthening moves.
Since the right foot freak injury I'm slowly catching back up to longer rides...but will not get there until the end of this week, if all goes as planned. So far, nothing has really gone as planned.
Don't get me wrong - I've reached a few milestones. My first 65 mile ride, my first 4,000 meter swim...they are all great. I slowly started to get back into running as well. On the flip side, my body's responses to them have been so severe that I feel like every week I'm starting over again.
While I will continue to go by my training plans (albeit modified several times already), I will also be very cautious about my body's reactions. Perhaps there is some kind of distance and intensity threshold that I need to learn of. Perhaps not. I'm in guinea pig mode.
I'm trying not to get greedy - if I am doing all this for my health, I cannot take this to a point where my health is actually deteriorating. However, I don't want to give up prematurely either. So I'm closely monitoring my body. It's been a challenge, and it's frustrating and stressful, but I still enjoy the moments of reaching my milestones, and for that I am grateful.
The future is unknown, so I focus on the present.
Happy 4th of July everyone!