And by travelling, I mean fly Friday PM, race Saturday AM, fly Saturday PM. Home for dinner!
Toeing the line 11:15am Saturday morning!
We have made some changes to how I approach workouts and proof will be in the pudding come November 28th at the Canadian XC Championships in Kingston, Ontario. The workouts have been short, but of quality and no longer than 45 minutes including warm up and strength.
I have adjusted strength with ideas from Frans Bosch to be more run specific and without weight, so no loading of spine.
Many a workout to be dusted before Nationals but things are shaping up quite nicely!
Back training after a brief set back with back pain. Returning to training, being that it's not my first rodeo when it comes to back pain, I thought to myself maybe we need to look at this differently. If the back flares up in races longer than 45 minutes maybe the back flares up in workouts that last longer than 45 minutes and maybe I set myself back with each workout that goes over that 45 minute barrier. So while my legs recover, possibly my back does not putting my back in a over training state.
With that in mind what if, I thought, I keep workouts under 45 minutes, reducing back fatigue, keeping legs fresh and reducing the chances of over stressing back muscles.
Possibly, as the saying goes, the the same ideas produce the same results, maybe it's time to listen to the unique position my specific back issues provide and approach this form a different angle. The framework of the training would remain the same but we would change be the length of the workouts, strength workouts included, reducing specific back fatigue.
The other aspect of this will be too eliminate early morning workouts due to stiffness in the low back and waiting until the evening when I have completely warmed up and the back is ready to do a workout. Also doing two workouts per day may be a contributing factor in putting my low back into an over training state. While there is enough time for my legs to recover, there may not be enough recovery time for my back musculature.
Too this point, with the few workouts I have done with the shorter format, back pain has been reduced and the training has been very productive. Hopefully if things progress as planned we will take these ideas to the trail at the end of November for the National XC championships.
After returning from Toronto realizing the back was not as strong as I anticipated I added a few new exercises to address certain weakness but I rushed the progression and irritated things a little more than hoped leading to some discomfort this past weekend at the Stewart Cup.
I started out conservatively around 5:30 pace but as back tightened pace progressively slowed to 6:30 pace, certainly not a poor result dipping under 38 minutes for the 10km course but there was more to be had.
Certainly there was some disappointment initially as I have been dealing with back issues for over 25 years and I needed a little me time post race as some times the disappointment is harder to shake off than others but overall things are progressing well and I think we will see a break through in the coming months.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!