Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Opportunity Knocking!

Last Saturday for the first time ever I got a weird hamstring pull in my right leg and was able to run only 7 of 10 easy-paced miles I'd hoped to do with a group. Now, having run full marathons 6-7 days after another marathon in the past, I doubt it was caused by running. The most likely suspect is a hard swim workout I did the day before that included 2x100 yards of kick board drills, which I rarely do because I'm a terrible kicker and I've actually wanted to kick less while swimming freestyle anyway. But I felt completely recovered from my marathon on Friday and thought why not do what the swim workout book says?

Well, I definitely felt my glutes and hammies after the kick board but thought nothing more of it until I felt a "pop" in my hamstring during the run. Darn it! Needless to say, I will not be running the 5K I'd hoped to run this Thursday and probably not the bike time trial next Tuesday either. I know hamstring injuries can be a b*tch if I don't let it heal so I will be taking it easy for a while. Luckily, I have no more marathons until the end of September and the faster running I'd hoped to do this summer I will just have to play by ear.

However, this gives me the perfect opportunity to work on my swimming again and yesterday was the first meeting of a new tri club group that has started up at a YMCA located only 2 miles away. For $60/month, there will be two club workouts a week and I'll have unlimited access to the pool/gym for other workouts on my own. Even though I'm on travel up to 4 months a year, I think it's worthwhile (unfortunately, they can't waive the dues when I'm gone).

And yesterday's tri club swim workout was great. Surprisingly, I was not in the slowest lane (I usually am) and the coach actually thought my swim form looked good -- WOO HOO! It was tough doing the faster intervals using only my arms to go faster (I was barely kicking) but the hardest were the 8x25s that included pulling ourselves out of the pool at each end and then jumping (not diving) back in. The coach actually let me get away with doing only 6 because I felt another mild "pop" in my hammy after the 6th one and was afraid any more out&ins might do more harm than good. My arms were thoroughly pooped by the time I got home :-)

But, I got some bad news about my speeding ticket. Because it was issued in Idaho, I CANNOT attend traffic school or do anything to prevent the points from appearing on my Florida driving record. So for the next 3 yrs, I could be paying something like 27% more for car insurance :-(

An extra $900-1000/yr for insurance and a gym membership adds up quick, doesn't it? Better make good use of the latter ...

30 comments:

Road Warrior said...

Only you could find a popping to be an opportunity. You are one amazing person, Shirley.

As for the ticket, I'm surprised that it shows up on your FL license. Oftentimes the tickets don't make it across state lines unless they share a border. Here's hoping that happens!

Sarah said...

That's awesome about the program at the Y - but stinky about the speeding ticket. Boo.Hiss.

Congrats on an awesome race - I am just amazed at how great you look during these races and all of the pictures. You make it look like a breeze ;)

ShirleyPerly said...

RW: Each state that is a member of the Drivers License Compact (DLC) is required to report traffic violation convictions to other member states and both FL & ID are members, unfortunately. The thing that bugs me is that I would have been eligible for traffic school and been able to erase the ticket if it had happened in FL but not out of state. Oh well ...

Sarah: Thanks! I think nice scenery helps pictures turn out better.

Susan said...

Sorry about the hamstring... but I think you are absolutely capitolizing on the situation! Maybe this is just what you need to run the Thorpedo out of a job! :)

The Y sounds great. I am seriously contemplating the one here for the pool.

Darn ticket...

Tri to Be Funny said...

How awesome that you found a training group so close to your house!

I never want to hear a "pop" in conjunction with my hamstring. Take it easy and enjoy the water therapy (aka: swimming) :-)

Calyx Meredith said...

Such a drag about the hammy and the speeding ticket! But I love your positive attitude (door closing, windows opening and all that.) You are so good. If I'd pulled a muscle swimming I don't know that I'd be cheery about getting to swim more!

And how great that the Y is so close! You know I think lots of Y's have reciprocal agreements with Y's in other areas. When you travel, you might be able to use that Y free of charge.

ShirleyPerly said...

Yes, I'm hoping to be able to use some other Ys when on travel but the place I go to most often (Hawaii) does not have a Y yet. But, there's a free aquatic center, a swim group that meets once a week, and a free ocean nearby so I'll have swim workouts I can do without having to pay more when there -- YAY!!

RoadBunner said...

Sorry to hear about the hamstring & the speeding ticket! You know, in Hawaii you've got something better than the Y...the ocean :) I personally would be a wuss about swimming in the ocean, but it is free!

sharon said...

Oh rats, NOW who's gunna motivate me to ride my butt off at the TT next week?
I pulled my hamstring in Oct. and just got to where it felt completely normal about 3-4 weeks ago. I never really knew whether it was the swim, bike or run that did it. 2 bits of advice. Be careful with the intervals/speed work for awhile. I think that's why it took so long for mine to heal. It'd feel ok at slow pace so I'd do speed work only to find myself back at square one the next day. Best stretch I think that helped was simple toe toches.

akshaye said...

Shirley.. I hope the hamstring heals soon. Its smart that you are giving it a break.

That's a bitch about the ticket - insane that they wont let you take classes in Fl.

Great work with the swimming workouts.

Maddy said...

Let that hanny heal. Take things easy. But you know that!

Sorry to hear about the ticket. There is a chance that your rates won't change if it's been awhile (and I think you said it had) since your last ticket. And how long you've had your insurance. My husband had an at fault accident - the first on the policy ever (my policy since 1989) and our rates didn't go up at all. Fingers crossed you won't see an increase.

I think it's cool you have a training group so close! It's worth the $ even when you're gone!

Kevin said...

Ouch on the speeding ticket!

Good idea to focus on the swimming while you cant run. Hope you heal soon

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I never use a kickboard and I've learnt that even innocent things like so called warm-up stretches can make my shoulders uncomfortable when swimming freestyle (and not the swimming itself). Like sprinting in running, make sure you are well warmed up doing the slower stuff before trying something more aggressive or unusual.
I think you could talk with your insurer and also compare quotes with other companies. Hopefully they will make decisions based on common sense and not just using their computers.
The Y fees don't sound too bad (for the US). In Taiwan I pay 7 US cents per swim even when I swim 5k. The government subsidizes the local residents because of a nearby trash incinerator. It takes me 8 mins to reach the pool on an old bicycle. We still don't have a car here, as we can actually live without one. I consider myself very lucky regarding swimming. When we bought the house last year, I knew nothing about the local pools.

Stef said...

Your plan sounds awesome!! Though bummer about the postponement of speedwork. More swimming though is a good thing.

I was very surprised that I felt it in my legs (hams in particular) after a hard swim last week. Guess that's what kicking/kicking drills will do. I hate kicking drills myself. Just don't like them.

Petraruns said...

You are just incredible Shirley Perly - use that new club! I've found a new Masters swimming club that I'm going to join and give another try. With an eye to a tri next year? I'm already checking out bikes..

Tammy said...

Sorry to hear about the hamstring... having injuries are no fun. I wish you a quick recovery. Knowing you, you'll be back into the swing of things soon. I've had way to many and always have bounced back. Take your time keep healthy and nurse your injury and you'll bounce right back. Makes me want to stretch more than I do know. You always motivate me :D get better soon. (gives you time to work the upper body :D)hee hee

Brent Buckner said...

Good news on the swim form!

Wendy said...

Glad to hear you're lookin' good in the pool (in more ways than one)!

Jade Lady said...

Sounds like a good club! I hope to join on later as well. Sorry to hear about the traffic ticket - they get u when you're an out of stater!

Smithposts said...

Ouch, a speeding ticket! Guess you will join the ranks of FLA granny drivers for the next 3 years.

I injure myself and cuss, you injure yourself and find an opportunity. It's all in the attitude and you definitely have it right!

RBR said...

You are so cool! I can't well you take all this. I tend to have to freak out first, rant, throw myself on the ground and generally be a big baby before I can "get to the other side"

I have so much to learn from you about triathloning, marathoning, and beyond!

Enjoy your swim!

BreeWee said...

oh man, you gotta be fast at everything huh!!!??? Fast in the pool, speedy on the bike, vrooming on the tun, and now too fast too furious in your car...
sorry about that...

Jenny Davidson said...

Yes, very good work on the swimming, and I wish you well for hamstring recuperation also...

Runner Leana said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear about the hamstring! The Y program sounds terrific. I'm looking forward to starting up their tri swim clinic in the fall here.

Brittany M. said...

Way to find the silver lining in the hamstring piece--that would cause many to just sit on their butts for a bit! It is great you have a group so close though! Heal quickly.

Oh, and I hate kicking too...pulling, now I could pull ALL DAY LONG!

IrishBlue said...

Sounds like you are adapting your training in spite of the hammy injury. Awesome progress on the swimming.

I just got a $90 speeding ticket in May. Sigh...my son had speed dialed my hubby to tell him before my car even rolled to a stop. ;-)

jeanne said...

ouuuuuuuuch!!! i wonder about that kickboard workout. i never think i'm doing them right, and they make my back hurt and now i've got a good reason to avoid them!

sucks on the speeding ticket.

but yay on making lemons outta lemonade.

i'm too scared to swim in the ocean. lakes and slow-moving rivers are the most i can do!

Marathon Maritza said...

Thanks for the advice! Good luck with swimming!

(Sorry to hear about the ticket, that sucks!)

Sunshine said...

Best wishes for healing of all sorts and then gently back to training, because we want to cheer you in the Zoom Ya Ya Marathon!

peter said...

I wrote a (too) long comment but it got swallowed somewhere. Sorry about your injury. Hang in there, hammie issues stick around.