I can officially and for the record state that using a wetsuit while swimming is cheating. But it is also awesome.
Last week at Deep Eddy I swam in my new Xterra Vortex wetsuit, and it is unbelievable. The suit keeps your entire body floating, meaning you spend zero effort keeping afloat, and you use 100% of your propulsion to move forward. My two beat kick works perfectly, and I exited the pool with tired arms but feeling like my legs had been resting in a chair, which usually is not the case. I’m really excited to start putting in one long swim per week with the suit. I returned on Friday (after getting to swim practice I realized I had brought Lisa’s swim suit, and so I bailed on practice, went home to grab the wetsuit, and returned to Deep Eddy). Another amazing swim – a 1 mile straight swim where my last 400 was faster than my first 400, and at any point I felt like I could cruise forever. Pretty sweet. And while legal in triathlons, totally cheating compared to straight swimming (what I have been doing for four years).
While swimming at Deep Eddy the first time, someone jacked my Adidas soccer sandals. I’m sure it was an accident but I’ll probably never see them again so you are a thief in my book, wherever you are, oh robber of rubber soled shoes.
I have my very first injury – IT band syndrome. I should have stopped running two weeks ago, but not a single person who I mentioned IT band syndrome to said “hey, you should stop running if the pain is that sharp.” I heard a lot of “stop if the pain is severe” and “make sure to roll out your IT bands after every ride” and even “take a man pill”. This weekend I did a lot of reading online after a Sunday run disaster where I only had 7 miles to run but could only complete 2 pain free, and had to stop after 4 miles due to severe pain. Everything I read said that I should have stopped running two weeks ago when the sharp pain first showed up, and focused on the problem then. I remember that a friend of mine had dealth with IT band syndrome, and had stopped running for a few weeks to deal with it, and sure I enough I emailed him and stopping running for a few weeks seemed to be the right way to deal with things. It’s frustrating when you’re working with coaches, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, all of whom are supposedly knowledgeable about training, and they fail to mention what seems to be the most important rule about sharp IT band pain, which happens to be the most common running injury.
So, for now I am not running, and I am only supposed to bike for 30 minutes at a time, and really stretch everything out.