Monday, June 8, 2009

In the sun I grew the bones of a fighter

Rib watch:
Since "the incident" it's been four and a half weeks. I was told to expect four to six weeks for the bone to heel properly. Today, I feel like I have complete movement again and only feel a slight bit tender when I lie on my left side. Therefore, I try not to lie on my left side. Problem sorted!

I read this snippet of information when looking up sources of Vitamin D a few weeks back.
"It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis" - the week in the sun couldn't have come at a better time. Between an increase in my milk intake and a week sans clouds that rib was always going to heal in 4 weeks, time off or not!

Yesterday was day one back in Ireland. I decided to see how much fitness I lost in a week of drunken sunbathing. Quite a bit is the answer... although trying to take on the hills in the Phoenix Park for the first time in 6 weeks, the day after sitting for 9 hours on planes, 5 hours in airports and another hour in cars was never going to be easy regardless of how fit I was! The plus side of it all was that I couldn't feel the rib at any stage on the run, or afterwards for that matter.

Next up:
Racing. I need to get back into it. Ideally I'd love to have a four mile blowout race on a road somewhere but time constraints are against me. The perfect time for that would have been the week I was on holiday. Instead I have to look to the track. The plan is to get 6 races on the track in between now and the start of August. I'll be looking at races between 3,000m and 5,000m with at least 10 days between each race. I've got about five pencilled in now and once the date for our club 3,000m championship is finalised that should make it six. The first race should be in two weeks time.

Secondly, four kilos. That's the weight that's been added since the Dusseldorf marathon six weeks ago. It's got to go. I'm not too sure how to get rid of it as I've never actively tried to lose weight, it's always just gone. Hopefully it'll just go once I get back into full training again. To try help things along I'll cut out the crap from the diet - biscuits and chocolate with my evening coffee - and knock alcohol on the head as well - except the standard wine with meals out etc.

It's good to be back...
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