Thoughts on Injury and more Sleet

I decided recently that it is time to once and for all sort out my ankle problems. They have been really good the last few years and I think the adventure racing has helped but I know the weakness is still there and I intend to sort that. Every little twing taken away is another chance to improve. I started going to physio once a week and after only three weeks I already feel an improvement. It also focuses the mind on sticking to particular exercises. The clip below is a great example of exercise for anyone interested in strengthening an ankle.
An up and coming physio friend of mine shared this quote with me tonight. It sums up injury quite well and relates to old injuries I have suffered.
“There’s no separation between the experience of the central nervous system and the function of memory in the body. The experience of the past has been fixed and retained by the neurons firing at that precise moment. Every muscle, nerve, and tissue participating in that experience has been affected and will ‘remember’ in its own fashion.” -Stokes and Whiteside
So I hit out for my run tonight after a few minutes reading these quotes. I find it hard not to think about injury but really appreciate that when you train the right way and do the right things, injury comes less often than before. I ran the first 8km into sleet and rain tonight, not to mention a gale force wind! Exilerating stuff but not really the most fun. The next 11 km were far more enjoyable with the conditions at my back. I maintained a steady speed and enjoyed it as much as was possible on such a crazy night. The fun of winter in the West, but then again it is great to get out.

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Hail, Wind, Hills and Sheep Dodging

Biking Oughterard/Seanafeistin route.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/488010620

I decided to tackle a few hills today so I started this 45km route from Oughterard up over hills down towards Rosaveel and back over the same route. It was a tough session with some awful hail showers along route. The course was dotted with sheep and lambs who looked at me as if I was fully nuts. I wasn’t as prepared as I usually am with gear and on returning to Oughterard I couldn’t feel my feet and my hands weren’t far behind!

The plan is to tackle this route a few times over the summer, however the road surface is awful and my bike won’t appreciate it much. My plan for today is to try a small run to test out the injury. My feeling is it is fine however I don’t intend on rushing back.

A little heat in portugal and some barefoot running on the beach and all will be well !

Carrauntoohil. Ireland’s Tallest Mountain.1038metres.

A nice leisurely start to the trek!

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Myself and my friend Colin left Galway early this morning and 3 hours later we were climbing towards the clouds in Kerry on Carrauntoohil mountain. I write this post while warming up in car after the finish. The first 3km were easy with a very slight gradient. Perfect to warm up after the long journey.

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After this nice start came the area known as the Devils Ladder. As you can guess this is s very steep stretch.  basically navigating a waterfall on the side of mountain! 

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This is the very bottom of ladder and this the view looking down from a small distance up the ladder. 

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At this point the weather started to close in. I was happy with my pace and the Devils ladder was easier than I expected. I came to the top of the ladder and turned right for the Summit climb. Visibility was awful and rain and wind cold. No better reason to go faster so I stepped it up. The last couple of hundred metres to the top were relatively easy with a steep but manageable incline.

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After a quick stop at summit I turned for home. I could see very little apart from the cross. Not being a religious man I reckoned I would be wasted hanging out with a cross so home and heat sounded good. I descended quickly and all in all I was up and down in around 2hours and 15 minutes including a few stops for food and chatting to some hikers.  12.51km in total.
Carrauntoohil is definitely worth a hike/run.  I will be back on a day with no cloud!
I will post garmin times later.  Now time for some re fueling !

A Rainy Wednesday

Another Wednesday low intensity run today. I averaged out at 4.29min/km for 15.30km as can be seen below.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/455667858

It was an awful evening with heavy rain and very bad visibility on the road. A big section of this run is on side roads near the city, meaning lots of traffic and also meaning I spent alot of time dodging floods, being soaked by passing cars and enjoying the odd jump into a muddy drain, just to make things interesting!

It has been a good week training wise since the race Saturday. A gym session Monday with spinning and running speed intervals and a good TRX and core/stretching session thrown in. A similar but less hectic session on Tuesday followed by some soccer training all went well.

Another fast race awaits on Saturday next with the Cong Cunga duathlon, taking place in Cong, Co. Mayo. There will be a strong field but I really just want to use it to work on my speed and as a different kind of training. It consists of 5k run, 20k cycle and 2 k run. Not my usual endurance and more of a sprint.

Time to cook now and get ready to watch Ireland play Serbia in a soccer friendlie, so feet up for the night!