Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back on the PP Ascent training wagon, slowly but sweaty

17 days and 20 hrs - at time of starting this post - till the start of the Pikes Peak Ascent.  My mind is definitely thinking of it more and more - especially after seeing the competitive entry list yesterday.

I'm not looking for excuses for myself as I think it will be a somewhat decent achievement to complete it 40 days after getting the knee scoped.  But on the other hand - this will be the toughest run / race of my life for which I will be the least prepared.  I love it when a plan comes together.

I've been trying to come up w/ a training plan to get myself as ready as possible.  I'm working first on general fitness.  I want to try and get as physically fit as possible - I think that's the best thing for me and will help the most on race day.  I don't think it is very smart to just run, run and then run some more - for fear of re-injuring the knee or something else.  Running will come, not yet though. 

Been on the Stationary bike for almost 2 weeks.  Limited range of motion on the knee at first made it difficult to get the pedals turning.  The first week I mananged no more than 4 miles at a time.  Saturday I went 6 miles.  Then on Sunday I went 10.  Was happy with that.  Range of motion is improving although by no means am I comfortable yet.  Still icing it quite frequently.

The Elliptical is not my friend, not sure why.  My feet sometime go a little numb after a while.  But it gives a good workout without putting a pounding on the legs like running does.  So, I did 30 minutes on it yesterday, then 45 minutes today.  Felt good to get the sweat factor up and no noticeable swelling afterwards.

So, I will keep doing the Elliptical for a few more days.  May start on a treadmill soon - walking at first, adding incline to it.  I'd really like to be running by this weekend.  Ideally on Barr Trail.  Will see how it goes between now and then.

Was looking on YouTube for a music video about "Climbing up a Mountain".  This is more suited for a 1st grader but (sort of) catchy - in an annoying way.

pm..... 10 miles on the Stationary bike while watching the rain, lightning etc bucket down outside.  Knee is swollen somewhat and quite stiff. A reminder to myself that I need to try and not overdo this attempt to get fitter.  Ice and a wrap along with freshly home-made Blueberry muffin - makes one feel better.

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