All right, this run-nerd just put her Strava data into Excel and has a nice discussion section to share with you all that goes along with this super spiffy table 😉
Running actually went much better than I thought prior to the arrival of the calf (re?)strain. Even with last week being essentially a half week and this week totaling <2 miles, I hit 90 miles for the month, which is my 2nd highest month this year and about 5 miles more than last month. I’ve been able to start assisted calf raises (performed on a wobble board for slightly limited range of motion and some assistance from the see-saw effect of the wobble board) and can do normal bent-knee calf raises, confirming my suspicion that my soleus is not the issue. I’ve also had the good fortune to have a gorgeously sunny, relatively warm weekend, so I’ve regained sense of athleticism after several cooped up, lazy days*.
I used my unexpected extended riding season to hit a couple Strava segments that I’ve been eyeing, but not going after, on group rides and got a QOM (Queen of the Mountain) on one climb yesterday and another leg-busting climb this afternoon. That 2nd one was hard earned, and required me to drop my time on the 0.6 mile 8% grade by 20 seconds. I actually overdid it a bit, cutting off 50 seconds and nearly losing my legs to lactic acid overdose in the process. Considering that this was done as the first of a set of hill reps the rest of my workout was a little painful. It feels so good to be able to push that hard though! I may not be able to do running workouts, but at least I can take my frustrations out on the bike 😉
Speaking of the bike, my mileage did take a serious nosedive this month in spite of a slight upturn this week. I only rode 90 miles, or my 4th lowest month since I started riding somewhat seriously last January. However, I have an indoor bike trainer arriving soon so that will let me keep at least a few bike miles in my legs during the long winter and will give me an additional cross-training option for when it’s too dark or nasty out to ski or snowshoe.
I ended up only doing 18 hours of running/biking time this month, which is about half what I did last month. That’s definitely not a habit I want to get into for the winter, but it was probably good to have a lower transition month between the end of the summer riding season and the long, dark, motivation-draining winter.
Overall, I’m feeling much more positive about the calf since seeing that my mileage was still decent, and being able to start some rehab. Hopefully the bike trainer will keep me in check this month and will help me avoid overdoing it so that the calf issue will just be a brief setback.
*I should mention that I only got myself out on the bike because MM got sick of my injury-induced grumpiness and whining and basically kicked me out cause he knew I needed the endorphins. He’s pretty awesome even when I’m being a whiny little turd ;P