Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Recovery  (rĭ-kŭv'ə-rē) - A return to a normal condition.

Normal (nôr'məl) - The usual or expected state, form, amount, or degree.

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

It's a recovery week. I thought I'd love this, that this week would be fun and light and full of short workouts in which I would feel fresh. I wanted to feel "normal". But I actually had to look up the meaning of the word because I'm still confused on how that's supposed to feel.

Turns out, I'm tired. And bloated. And my legs feel heavy. Is that normal? If so, I prefer to be an outsider.

In training news, we did a 500 for time at Masters practice on Tuesday. I just barely broke the 7min barrier with 6:59.6. It was after about 2k, so I'm not complaining. Much.

Spinervals last night and a run this morning that made me really want a massage.

Other than that, life is rather boring.

I did go to the tanning bed over my lunch break today. Ya know, for the Vit E. And maybe a little because I can't even bear (is that the correct usage, Zen?) to look at myself...bare. The pale pastiness has got to go. And I don't think that Vit E shot kicked in because my thought process on the way back to work went something like this.

[the song "Carnival" was playing on the radio] "hmm...I never really did like Natalie Merchant. Just something about her voice... Why the hell did she leave 10,000 Maniacs? I wonder if her voices grated their nerves too? Who came up with the name 10,000 Maniacs anyway? I wonder what 10,000 maniacs all together would be like...Why have I not yet changed the station? That lady on Jeopardy last night kinda reminded me of Natalie Merchant. She had that kind of hair...that chick was weird...with wanting to start a female accordian band. Smart people usually are weird though. Especially the ones that have such a wealth of useless knowledge. Funny. I know a lot of people like that. Oh, fuck. I have to go back to work. I wonder if my boss will be gone by the time I get back? what the hell is this car doing in front of me? and what kind of license plate is that? seems like i'm seeing a lot of them lately. oh. New Ohio plates. That makes sense. But fuck you for cutting me off. Drive faster if you're going to get in front of me! cut me off again?! I've got to get around this guy. Or lady with short hair. I think I need to grow my hair out. I'm having a horrible hair day. Guess that's why it's also not a gym-at-lunch day. Sheesh! Maybe i'm just going to start my period? Wouldn't that be a relief? That would explain why I feel like a fucking heffer. But no, it's probably just the whole recovery week thing. Amazing how just a week ago I was feeling fit and invincible. I need the's supposed to be 50 and sunny....and we're supposed to ride outside. Oh, that will be nice..."


Judi said...

oh i got a massage last night. it was yummy.

Philippe said...

I want one too!

Christi said...

Wow, I think you were channeling me when you do the stream of consciousness. That is how my mind works most of the time.

Sean in DC said...

please. PLEASE just post stream-of-consciousness style from now on.

That was blogger GOLD.

Tawnee said...

I felt the same way on my recovery week, and I ended up starting my period. Ha. (TMI?)

FAST 500!!!!!!!!

Missy said...

Yeah, that sounds like 'normal' to me. It's a different level of normal but it also necessary. Do extra chores, make the house extra clean so when you're back at it for the next 3 weeks, you won't be mad at how everything has gone to hell.

Mary IronMatron said...

I loved that stream of consciousness bit!!! haha!
I feel like a heifer too, today. But that probably does not make you feel better. But I do not what you mean.
ANYWAY--I always feel like that in rest weeks. I think it's normal. Not that we know what normal is--that is so true, too.
HEY congrats on the 500! Sweet! To do that time IN PRACTICE is very hard. (Well, maybe not for everyone--but we are literally the same exact pace--and I know it would be tough for me.) :)

Judi said...

holy shit you're on mary's level now?

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Spinervals on a recovery week?

I felt the same last week, dead to the world in my recovery weeks. This week, though, I feel refreshed.