A few days after the HyVee Tri, I ran about 4 miles with Braxton and Matty J. Since then, I’ve not even been able to run 2 miles. Actually, scratch that…I haven’t even made a whole mile without having to stop and walk, or without getting a bad side cramp. The farthest distance I’ve covered since that run is about 2.25 miles. I’ve had 2 pilates sessions, a short/easy bike ride, 1 decent run and 2 really crappy ones (one that could best be described as a leisure walk). I have the Flapjack 10K on Sunday. It’ll be about 2 weeks post triathlon and I’m very anxious!
I can’t decide if the slump is because I’ve been exhausted from adding teaching a night class to my schedule for a few days (it’s my last night!) or from my horrendous allergies made worse by the triathlon (and related allergy medications). I worry most that it is a mental thing made worse by seeing my training partners successfully log long (16 mile) runs to train for their October marathon. Whatever is going on with my body and brain needs to stop!
Do you think it is normal to need at least 2 weeks to recover from a 5150 distance tri? Have you had an experience like this? I hope that some sleep, the adjustment I got today (first since the triathlon…bad, bad me!) and the massage I’ll get tomorrow (same thing…first since the tri…BAD, BAD me!) will help.
I think that I’ll plan to get a massage within 2 days of my next race/triathlon and practice what I preach to help speed recovery so this doesn’t happen next time.