Posted by Steve Magness
Not sure what the future holds. Considering a move out to Cali to train with a group, so we shall see.
Has been horrible. The Vocal Chord Dysfunction has reared it's ugly head again. For those not in the know, check out this website http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com . It's got the best explanation of the complexity behind the stupid thing. The cliff notes version is that my body is messed up and closes the vocal chord's when it should be opening them. As you can imagine, closed vocal chords equals no oxygen getting in. That tends to be a problem when your sport depends on oxygen consumption. So what happens is I either fall down and collapse because I'm stubburn and ignore it as best I can or I drop out and try and force the vocal chords open. To open the things I simply breathe out of a straw or if I have no straw (I try and remember to carry one in my racing shorts) I do the same motion with pursed lips. I generally recover pretty quickly, except I'm left with an annoying cough for a day or two, increased susceptibility of them closing again because the vocal chords are irritated, and my breathing is "off" for about a week, which means any workout that puts me in heavy breathing is crap.
So that's what has happened to me at both Cal and Stanford in a mile and 5k race. It's no fun and it drives me crazy. I'm doing my best to get through it. Since it's happened twice in a row, I have had to let things settle down for a bit, which means no racing. I'm just playing things by ear, but hopefully I'll be able to salvage some sort of season with some races later in May/early June. I'm looking at the miler's club series, the hansons meet, the Pacific Canada series, and a few other meets here or there. I'd really like to get one shot at a 5k and a 1500 in.
Besides all of that crap, training has been going well. Except for the ones following the races (due to the breathing problems that last for a week after the race), the workouts have been solid.
Date morning afternoon
4/23/2008 5 easy 8 4mi w/up, 8x200m in 28 w/ 200m jog rest, 2mi c/d
4/24/2008 8 easy at Cal
4/25/2008 5 easy 3 easy + strides
4/26/2008 3 easy 3 2mi w/up, 1300m of mile race
Sat behind the rabbit. Splits of basically 60,2:00,3:01. At about 1300 VC shut, fell over. First time in a looooong time this has happened....
4/27/2008 9 easy- Took redeye home so was exhausted
4/28/2008 8 easy 5 easy
morning-2.5mi w/up, 2400m in 6:39, 2R, 200 in 25.0, 5R, 800 in 2:13, 2mi c/d
Breathing messed up from the start. Planned on doing 3x800 at end, but breathing was so messed up I had to call it a day.
Afternoon-5mi + 10x100m(2E,1G)
4/30/2008 5 easy 9 easy
5/1/2008 5 easy 8 easy
5/2/2008 8 2.5mi w/up, 5min medium, 5E, 5M, 5E, 4x35sec hard, 2mi c/d
5/3/2008 5.5 Stanford 5mi + strides
5/4/2008 3 easy 4 Stanford 2mi w/up, made it 2mi in race
5k race at stanford. Made it 3200m in like 9:08 or something. Felt great until then. VCD strikes again.....
5/10/2008 10 Burroughs Hill loop 3mi w/up, 5mile hill loop split up (mimicked 2mi, 1.5mi, 1mi, 800m w/ 4min rest b/t)-hard segments totaled right under 24min, so was hitting 4:46ish pace on hard segments, 2mi c/d
5/11/2008 10 ditch easy
at 1:50 PM