Sunday, April 5, 2015

Testing the waters

Still not ready for full scale training.

I did a little brief exercise on the track and turf today.   I won't call it a workout.  Beautiful cool spring Easter day, 62º in Sewanee.  Would have been a nice day to bust ass if I was ready.
600m warmup, stretches, drills 
5 x 100m striders - 18-19 sec
It's been a week since that season-changing hip injury and I think it may be another week til I'm ready to resume full scale workouts.   Judging by my warmups and drills, I can confidently say this is not a joint injury.   I can do forward and sideways leg swings with no abnormal feeling in the hip.  I can definitely feel the hip flexor strain when I try to lengthen my stride.   I have an appointment with a general sports med guy at my orthopedic group but I may cancel it since that particular doctor is really a concussion specialist and sideline physician for various highschools and hockey teams.  All he would tell me is get xrays, rest, and therapy.   I'm now sure what this is.

The entire college season is pretty much over for me.   I may be able to jump in a late season meet in May for a 400m, but I think it will take at least 3-4 weeks to be ready to race a decent 400m since I essentially stopped 400m training in Jan. to focus on the 60/100/200 races and developing glute strength.   Maybe the emphasis on glutes created an imbalance.  My glutes were developing a lot of backward direction power and the hip flexors where not strong or flexible enough to handle it... despite my recent efforts to strengthen that area.  I've never neglected the hip flexors, but they certainly could never push the kind of weight my glutes have been pushing.

I'm thinking May 9 weekend for a return to racing, although I may be ready to race at the Nashville Master meet on May 2, although not in optimum condition.

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