I mean which week isn’t make or break when you are dealing with chronic pain and injury? Having said that this past week including the weekend was one for me. . .
1) Survival: Easily the worst combined migraine/Insomnia week of my life. Work/financial stress, long conference the previous weekend sitting and driving to/from Oceanside. . . etc, it was awful. I did a lot of the usual therapy, chiropractic and more than usual exercise but I could not get a handle on it. I missed a gathering early AM Saturday with friends but since I was up again until 230a wide awake the night before I opted to try to sleep. 14 hours of total sleep in 4 days is not enough even for someone battling insomnia for years. The neck pain and migraines almost kept me out of work which is pretty bad. Thankfully I rarely get vomity from my migraines, not thankfully I did with these. Threw up twice during the work week which actually does help reduce the headache intensity!
Shoulder injury – this is a bridge topic because even though I suffered a new for me injury in Left shoulder bursitis which really is bothersome I got it training during my make or break training week. . .
2) Thriving: I re realized a few things. One was that I cannot follow any type of scheduled workout or training plan because my work and health issues tell me (mostly) when I can participate. Two I need to take impromptu rest days when my body absolutely tells me to which is hard to do for me since I am in pain all the time. Three is that having my wife’s support is crucial to my competitive success and always has been. She is my rock and also a great home chef!
I got through the majority of the workouts and got through my first Endurance weekend completing the long bike and run. This included a PR for a training (non race) distance run with a buddy of 12 1/4 miles on a trail! This finally took my headache to a 1/10 which I can fully ignore. Of course I had to miss Sunday’s endurance swim due to the shoulder but I figure it is smart to hold off on. I hope to get some wetsuit work in when I can resume water time. . .
So. . . Ironman Arizona is still a pipedream, still likely not obtainable, very much so still a bad idea for my back hardware, but it is equally I believe my final year to be able to even attempt it so I press on.
Today is a rest day as prescribed, except that my wife and I signed up for a Tour of New Mexico bike ride with friends in a month and she needs saddle time. Thus we are going out when she gets home from work. This would be our first ever athletic travel trip for the both of us so we are excited! Work week here we come. . .