Sunday, December 28, 2008

Biking come back..

During December I did another good thing, I gave my bike for a second overhaul. During two previous incidents before the overhaul, I had some dreadful experiences, during one of the rides the chain broke and during another one the back tire frame got damaged. I did not want to take any more changes and went for almost a complete overhaul of the bike, so now everything except the old frame has now been replaced.

It was a pleasure riding the bike for a 20km ride during one of the Sundays. If I remember correctly it was on December 14, It was my first bike ride and run combo. It was quite a experience, as the run felt very different, after the bike ride. This happened because biking requires a different set of muscles (compared to running), and this makes running difficult after a biking trip (this is also one of the main reasons why most tri-athlete find triathlons difficult). I know common sense would make one feel that the run should be easier as the bike ride has not really strained the leg muscles used for running, but that is not the case.

Finally a 50k plus week

This week has been nice and productive, I seem to be peaking at the right time. Have a feeling this time I am going to be lucky with my next race (opposite of what happened during the Bangalore Ultra), even though I have not had enough time to prepare for it.

This week consisted of four runs, first post ultra 4 run week. Managed to run on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and completed 11k, 12k, 11k and 16.5k respectively. My first 50km week after a long time.

The only thing I need not to keep it on for the next week, hope to do another 50km plus week. I hope to run on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday (11k, 11k, 15k & 20k + 5k), taking to a 60k week. If all goes well, I should be able to manage it, especially with the coming Saturday being a holiday. Next Sunday should be quite interesting, I have a big 20k 2hr run followed by a fun 5k run with old school mates, from NCPA to Chowpaty. If any of you are interested to join do post a comment and I will put up the exact start time & place later in the week (its a informal & fun run, dedicated to the city).

I have been having a great time on Twitter over the last few months, it takes blogging to the next level and its highly addictive. Havn't bumped into too many fellow runners, but have met a few who want to take up running/sport/gyming. What makes it special is that its super interactive and people are so helpful, someone or the other will always come up with a solution for any of your problems, once you have spent enough time and developed a good network of followers & people/brands to follow.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Post Bangalore Ultra

The same night (on the day of the ultra) I had to travel again and was out the whole week. The first couple of days where a little difficult (which is to be expected), and I had to work hard to walk normally. At the conference I met up with some very interesting people, including one who had done a Ironman in 2002 and another who was a short distance Olympic swimmer. To recover quickly, I did swim on most days (except the first day) and that make the recovery quicker and easier.

I had taken a two week break from running after the Ultra which sort of ensured that everything was back to normal before I started running again. I am still quite worried about the right outer knee pain/injury, which can reoccur when I attempt a really long run. So far I have not done anything more than 12km post Ultra. The only thing I can do is wait for the day of the marathon and find out. If it reoccurs on the day of the Mumbai marathon, I plan visit a doctor and get a complete check up done. My runs so far have been quite good (in December).

The first week of December I ran twice, the second & third week three times each. This week I hope to do four runs. All my runs in December (so far) have been between 10-12km each. This week I ran on Tuesday with 11K run run and hope to do a run on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Since Thursday is a holiday, I hope to do about 15km, followed by a 11k on Saturday and another 15k odd on Sunday.

This Sunday I might have to do another 5k in town after my regular run, as a old graduate school mate is trying to orgainse a informal run (with a small group, as we don't want to get hauled up for not having police permission!!) from NCPA to Chowpatty, to show his solidarity for the city. Hope he is able to manage it, though I am yet to receive a confirmation (on the run) from him. (with details on time & start point, plus number of participants)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Back after a long break..

Its been almost a month since my last post. I have not been active during this period as I have been hooked to twitter, which makes blogging so much easier.

Its been one hell of an eventful month. Lotsa ups and downs, especially on the running front.

I ran my toughest race till date on November 16. The Bangalore ultra turned out to be a lot tougher than what I had bargained for. Thanks to my previous injury, (which had more or less kept be out of action for the last 3-4 weeks before the Ultra), I started having problems with my run after the first 1.5 hours. At the 18km mark I was quite sure that I will not be able to complete the required 75km in 12hour time limit. This meant that I had to run/walk/crawl the next 10hour in great pain (after completing the first 2 hours of the run) knowing fully well that I would not be able to complete the distance in the required time. And this was the toughest part of the race, it was made all the more difficult when lot of runners decided to discontinue after the 50km mark. I still managed to successfully complete 67km in 11hr 37mins. I would have needed about 13hours to complete the race, but this was beyond the timeline, plus it was getting dark.

What was very surprising was the fact that most runners did not do as well as the previous year. I guess training was lacking or they focus was missing. This could have been my lucky race, only if I had remained injury free before the race. I was quite confident of doing the 75km in about 10 1/2hrs and this was the time of the third place finisher. I had prepared a lot better/harder compared to the previous year. This year the weather was lot better, it was cloudy all through and the temperature was pleasant all through the race.