After another great night's sleep last night, 4 days into recovery I could actually think about running this morning as I walked around the house, until I walked down the back steps this morning and reality set in. Quads are still stiff and sore but walking down the stairs is smooth, I'd say I am at about a 5.5 on my recovery meter.
I went to the gym on this 40 degree morning for a little Concept II time: rowed 5000 meters with no power whatsoever, could still feel that my core, leg and arm muscles (OK my entire body) was still fatigued from Monday's effort. Nothing under 2:00 per 500 meters today, conversational rowing pace but I fell easily into a steady smooth rhythm and dreamed of being back on the water this summer, envisioning competititon of a different type, hopefully at the Head of the Charles this fall if I can get into a sweep 4 locally. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the local club needs an experienced starboard rower. Finishing up with a quick turn on the bike and the elliptical to round out an hour, I left the gym for the "boathouse" to check out the opportunity of rowing with a crew very soon. No one was available today but I was all fired up after being around these familar sights:
Beautiful. I am so looking forward to getting back that fast, smooth, team effort feeling; working as one with power and grace and we fly over the top of the Peconic Bay waters. Let's go!!! Although I only know how to row sweep style well, I look forward to learning to scull, it can't be too hard of a transition. I can see myself owning my own single and perhaps a double with Sinead! Woot!
|That's me in the bow, like the headband I'm sporting?|
|Sinead: you and me in the near future.|
After checking out the East End Rowing Club, I went over for some promised pampering at my local pedi place. These tired dogs haven't been this smooth and looking good in awhile! Lower leg massage too, nice.
|Not particularly attractive for feet, but a little polish goes a long way, you wouldn't want to have seen them right after Monday's 26.2!|