So with the temperature almost zero degrees outside, it was definetly a run inside treadmill kinda day. The run itself wasn’t too bad once I got warmed up. My back has been absolutely killing me. I have to really exert some energy to get up from a seated position. I’ve reduced my stretching so as to keep from aggravating my other injuries. So I’m in a bit of a catch 22 situation. I need to stretch to keep my body supple. But I also need to avoid stretching the aggravated areas.
I’m starting to rethink the advantage we warm weather athletes have over cold climate athletes.
With cold climate you get the following advantages
- Forced rest days
- Chance to heal from pounding the pavement
- Forced to train indoors. This allows greater concentration on technique. For example one legged peddling drills. Faster cadence running on the treadmill. More indoor pool time to work on drills.
- Take a much needed mental break from daily training.
When I’m in Florida it’s just so hard for me to reject the outdoors for indoor training. I haven’t been able to do it yet. However, in Ohio I’ve had no choice and I’m getting a new appreciation for the treadmill. I never thought I’d say that phrase.
When I get back to Florida, I will substitute some of my outdoor running for indoor treadmill work. I will also force myself on my bike trainer too. I’m still resisting the chlorinated pool. I just love lake swimming so much.
I think at some point, I made a decision that I don’t have the time to compete at the highest level right now. So I might as well enjoy what I’m doing.