February 26, 2008

Back on My Feet

I'm running again!!

Yesterday I ran for the first time since the RNRAZ half marathon, which I suffered through with a stress fractured calcaneous. I ran on the Trussville sports park trails for about 3 miles with my pup Max.

I felt great. I felt so good that I don't think I'll suffer any significant setbacks from the 6 weeks off. Max was impressive, running right alongside me and NOT tripping me the entire time!

I'm jumping right back into the racing scene with the Knights of Columbus 5k on Saturday. Maybe this will be the right time for that elusive sub 20.

So I read an article about Functional Threshold Power testing on the bike last night and tried to test mine this afternoon. I wasn't sure what power to set the computrainer to, so I picked 230 watts. Last season I was using 230 watts for my 3 minute intervals. Today I worked my ass off to pull 230 for the whole hour but I did it and survived. So for now, for what it's worth, I'm calling my FTP 230 watts.

After the FTP session I trekked to the pool with plans to cover 3000 yards. HA! I think the biking tapped most of my energy because after a fast 1000 to start, I was toast. I pulled up and did a few 200s and I was done.

I think I'm going to do a mile time trial later this week and see where I stand. Last year early season I made a goal of a 30 minute mile and never was able to reach it, but I feel like I can do it right now. We'll see...

Thanks for joining me for My Daily Spin...

7 comments:

Lisa said...

Yeah! Congrats. Have fun on Saturday.

Bullet said...

Good luck this weekend. I'm still chasing the same sub 20. Sounds like you're working on some speed my friend. In the pool as well. That's smoking!

stronger said...

Go get that sub 20!

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Good luck this weekend. Where are the puppy pics???

Iron Eric said...

I hate days like that in the pool. Hop in a just drag.

Lana said...

So glad you're back! Goodluck in the 5k - I sense a sub-20!!!

TJ said...

As Bush 41 might say:
"I don't know doc....a hard 5k after a long layoff may not be prudent".