After Winston Salem Duathlon was cancelled due to snow, I switched my registration over to Charlotte Duathlon which, as a late February race, had just as much likelihood as weather crappiness as any other winter duathlon around here. Fortunately, the sun was shining, the wind wasn’t all that strong and the temperatures were above freezing by the time we started.
My primary personal goal with this race was to see how my bike speed and fitness was doing off of the meagre mileage I’ve done in exchange for that run focus I did for several months. As it turned out, I rode fine, although my speed on run #2 was the biggest indicator of my lack of saddle time.
This race, put on by Finish Strong, is a small event filled with people testing out their winter legs in a race format. As such, I was able to lead the women’s field wire to wire, but that’s not what I cared too much about. Of real import was the fact that I had to do it with a sore right hip and related tightness in surrounding body parts. This didn’t do wonders for my run stride range of motion.
Why do I have a sore hip? Well, it has nothing to do with all that run focus mileage. I got through that with no problems. The big error was running too soon after that debilitating VDay Massacre-My-Legs Relay. I didn’t notice specific hip problems after the relay, but that could just be because other body parts hurt more. Who knows?
All I know is that I must do something funky when I run fast that causes this problem ALMOST EVERY TIME. You wonder why I don’t do track workouts? Why? Because I would do even less training because I would have to spend so much time resting, icing, resting, stretching, resting and massaging out my right quad, glute and hip every time I try and run faster than moderately quick.
Do I sound frustrated? Well, I am and yet again I ask myself why I bother. I know why I bother, but I still ask it to be sure. So here I am at the end of February having done very little running the past couple weeks and plans to do zero this coming week. Here’s hoping I still gain SOME benefit from the big-for-me running base I developed over this fall and winter.
Oh well. I need to focus on my bike and swim any way. Things will work out. They always do.