I know this was supposed to be a rest week but things got a bit ridiculous towards the end of the week. Tuesday was a scheduled, much needed rest day. Friday also ended up being a rest day because by the time I was done with clients, the wind was blowing at 45 mph and I wasn't going out in that. I had big plans for the weekend anyway and figured another rest day couldn't hurt. Then Saturday morning I came home from walking the dogs and turned my ankle when I stepped off my deck stairs. Not sure what happened but next thing I knew I was lying on the ground. I thought I was o.k. so didn't bother to ice anything but within the hour I could barely put weight on my knee. Must have landed on it when I hit the brick pavers. I had a huge bruise and another smaller bruise, lots of swelling, very stiff and sharp pain. No way I could do anything on it. Even just sitting on the couch Saturday night it was painful and throbbing away despite lots of icing, compression, etc.
It felt much better when I woke up Sunday and I was able to walk the dogs but biking was still out of the question since the range of motion required caused pain. Wasn't sure if running was a good idea either and I figured at this rate just one more day of rest and it would be back to normal. Was such a gorgeous day though, couldn't sit around so we went for a short, easy 1 1/4 hour hike at Betasso.
You can see the burn area from the Four Mile Canyon fire on the far hill.
Was a nice hike but I was jealous of all the people out on bikes.
Ah well, these things happen. Then I twisted my other ankle on nothing in particular while we were hiking. It occurs to me that the past couple of weeks I've had this occasional fleeting thought that since my training is going so well that I'm just about due to have something bad happen to me. And of course having those types of thoughts is a great way to manifest having something bad happen to you. I think this comes from about 6-7 years ago, this same time of year I was also in a very good place training wise and was planning on doing a half Ironman distance triathlon over the summer then got hit by a car, fractured pelvis, was out most of the summer, etc. so now every time I feel like I'm starting to get into good shape I feel like something should happen. So I've been doing some mental re-programming and today while running I started to twist my ankle again but before it could really twist I managed to re-center myself and straighten my foot out before hitting the ground no problem. The mind is a powerful thing.
Good news is that the knee is about 90% back to normal this morning and I had a good run with the dogs and I'm guessing that swimming later will be no problem. I knew resting it one more day would be all it needed.
Strum had one agility practice last week and it went o.k. I set up a handling exercise and it felt good to be practicing again. I spent way more time setting it up then we spent practicing though. I didn't want to overdue it so we only did 3 of the 6 possible exercises. The dogwalk was down low and I couldn't be bothered raising it so I thought I'd let him do the low dogwalk and have some easy success but it was quite the opposite. I got a couple good hits and decided to leave it be. Looks like we need a remedial refresher course, maybe even some back chaining and the treat gizmo. We've got a half day/3 runs at an ASCA trial at the end of the month for fun and to get us back in the ring before the 2 USDAA trials in May. It's the same weekend as USDAA Regionals so I'm guessing it won't be too crowded and it's in one of my favorite parks in Denver so it should be a fun, relaxing trial. I decided on only one day so I don't lose too much training time and so Strum doesn't overdo it. He's shown no signs of lameness but I'm still being careful with him focusing more on conditioning (ie running with me) than agility.
Swim: 7,050 yards/3 hours
Mountain Bike: 0
Run: 3.1 miles/42 mins.
Total Training Hours: 3 hours, 42 mins.