Time off has to be the HARDEST thing about training and racing. I talk to some people that LOOOVE their days off. I do not. Never have. I was just talking to a training partner of mine about the 3-week taper we have for Ironman, THREE weeks. This will be the longest taper I have ever done. God help me. I don’t taper well. I get crabby, anxious, moody, lethargic, and a little depressed. I wander around my house wondering what to do with my day. Especially after my long training weekends, which are now up to 6-7 hours on Friday & Saturdays and climbing. Having to go down to 4 hours and less….. That will be horrible for me. Complete torture.
Another time off issue I have is for injuries. Which I am in the process of this week. For 2-3 weeks now I have been having a calf issue. Not sure what happened. During my ½ IM I felt a small Charlie Horse cramp, which subsided after a bit, but has now decided to take up permanent residency in my inner left calf. What the heck? I have asked Charlie to leave now, that he was an uninvited guest. That he could mosey his little self to someone else, or better yet, just take a hike...but NO!!....for some reason, he is loving my calf as a vacation spot.
I am having regular, weekly massages, icing it, rolling on my roller, using my Stick on it, wearing my compression socks, but to no avail. This week, I decided I needed to take it easy. PFFT! And now, here we are on Wednesday, and I am going crazy. My workouts have slowed. I am swimming and biking, but haven’t run since Saturday when I did 12 miles. I KNOW, I KNOW…friends say this is ok, but really it is making me want to scream.
I am seeing a guy tomorrow that has some type of “magic” he is going to use on it. I am at my wits end. Ready to try anything. Acupuncture, voodoo spell (HA!) calf replacement…..Ok I am getting out of line, but really? Why now? And why is it so hard for me to take a rest? I am like a crazy person with an addiction. Only mine is to running.
I am really trying to stay positive about this, and know it will turn out fine. I will continue onto race day, pain or no pain, but want to be feeling in tip-top shape.
My question to all of you is how do you get through these days? Be it, from an injury, or a taper? How do you occupy that time and space in your mind? And I am willing to take any suggestions on the calf. So if you have some advice please tell me. I am willing to listen to anything…..unless you tell me “more time off!!”