Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The heart of a fit athlete

This is not it (jogging a 5-miler, heart rate in red, pace in blue):

Hmm. Progressively rising heart rate up to uncomfortably high levels, while jogging at a paltry 12 to 13 minutes per mile. (Stop in the middle of the run to wipe away sweat).

This means one or more of the following:
  • I'm not all the way back from pneumonia
  • I've gained more weight while sick than I thought
  • I lost much more fitness than I thought
  • I'm totally non-heat-acclimated to jogging in ~75*F temperatures
  • My knee and ankle are hurting all of a sudden way more than they should
  • The Columbia Triathlon is already looking like a bad day from here
  • No good can come from this


jbmmommy said...

Illness and injury can really take their toll! Hope you're all the way recovered soon.

TriGirl Thea said...

Pneumonia *kills* people!
Its going to take time! Just dont get discouraged in the mean time huh?

And if it makes you feel any better - that pretty much what my graph would look like on a good day - if I had a Garmin that is - lovely, lovely Garmin - lovely, lovely graphs...oh yeah!

Take Care sweetpea. And take it easy on yourself for now. :)

Downhillnut said...

I pick all of the above, except the last one. Being the annoying optimist that I am, there's got to be something valuable to be learned from it. Learning is good.

Hang in there.

Formulaic said...

I feel your pain!

Just keep going and 'know' that it'll get better.

At least that's what I keep telling myself!