Regroup and Refocus

It is time to salvage the 2008 track season.

With Today's workout, I am starting over. I'm considering this a new season, since I'm done with college and the collegiate season was nothing short of a disaster. So from this point forward, it's all about starting fresh.

I could throw in the towel on the season and call it quits, but I've been forced to do that too many times. I don't want to waste another year of developing great fitness. I can honestly say that I am in shape to race faster than I ever have. It's just a matter of having my body allow me to do just that.

The plan is to head out to either the American Milers club meets, the Hansons meet, or the Pacific Canada series. I'm leaning towards the Miler's club meets but I'm checking on air fares and seeing if I can get into the meets, since my 2008 bests suck, first before I make any final plans.

I spent last week going to way too many doctors and together came up with a master plan to conquer the Vocal Chord thing. The only thing left is to try it out.

The first workout of the new season was a success. I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't done anything to put any stress on the vocal chords (i.e. anything with labored breathing) for a while now. So, I cautiously headed to Klein Collins at 7:30 in the morning to give it a go.

It was a combination aerobic/anaerobic support workout. If you've followed the blog or my training it's a continuation of other workouts I've done.

The plan was couples of:
800, 200
with 2min rest between couples and 6min jogging between sets. I was supposed to start the longer reps at 71 pace and take off a second per 400m each rep (so, 4:44, 3:30, 2:52, 2:16) and for the shorter reps start at 58 and progress down (so, 58,57, 42, 27.5).

My actual splits ended up being:
4:43, 56.4
3:27, 56.1
2:50, 40.7
2:08, 25.7

So, it actually was a great success. Suprisingly successful and a great way to start off. The longer stuff felt really slow, as it should have, and surprisingly the shorter stuff felt easier than I expected. During the first 400 I was worried that 58 would feel fast until I came by the 200 in 27 low, and slammed on the breaks to ease in. Best of all though was that I finished with no breathing problems and finished strong going 66,62 on the 800 and then going 13.4,12.3 on the 200.

Graduation and crappy racing

I'm done with College... It feels kind of weird to be done. For the majority of my life, the one constant has been going to school. Now, if I don't want to, I never have to go to school for the rest of my life. It's a very strange feeling.

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 . 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
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