Monday, March 17, 2014

I Live in Iowa: Week 149

Another semi-blur week has past. Wow, I mean, I slept 12 hours Friday night from 9:30 PM to 9:30 AM. Do you know what it takes for me to have 12 hours of sleep? I have to be tired, that's a once a year kind of thing. That's actually one of the things I really look forward to about my upcoming trip, a lot of nights of 10 hours of sleep. It's not that an expedition is that much more tiring, it's that there is not much else to do. Well, it is tiring. Plus, there is a mental toll to an expedition, and that means you need time to recover during the expedition.

I worked a lot this week. Sunday for a few hours. 10:45 on Friday, I left after 5 PM Friday night, having gotten there by 6:30 AM. It's a long day. In college, you may "work" for 16 hours a day, but it is broken up into three classes, a group project, two clubs, a sport and three meals. Working at my desk for a long time, it is all just at my desk, in the same place. At the same time, I finished so much this week. I mean I had the realization this week that all of the things I want to get done at work before I leave, might actually get done. The last few weeks I didn't think it would get done. There is hope, with roughly 100 working hours left before I go there is a shorter list of things that need to be finished.

Running was terrible. I ran 9.7 miles over three runs. My knee has been hurting, and I absolutely need to arrive in Nepal healthy more so than fit. That being said I went for a bicycle ride, spent time on an elliptical, and did some weight lifting (squats and plyometrics mostly), plus I went for a five mile hike with maybe a 30-40 pound backpack at the Mines of spain. So I still spent something like seven hours or more doing something physical for the sake of getting in better shape, but that's minor compared to where I wanted to train at this point before I leave. However, it is critical that I arrive there healthy rather than super fit. I'm not training to race a marathon anyway, I'm training to take steep steps uphill on the snow while on a fixed line while struggling to breathe.

Coaching was a fizzle, we were in wind down mode from conference and last chance track meets. So it was pretty quiet.

Long week. I won't deny, is the stress of preparing for this big trip and the stress at work of deadlines exacerbating my knee troubles? Probably.

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