Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring "Training"

For a couple of years I've been thinking about coming down here to South Carolina to do some volume training while the weather is still marginal in New England. I finally made it this spring with high hopes of some timely volume.
Down here in Laurens, SC the weather is much warmer (although still cool, leg/arm warmers cool), I have a place to stay, friends to stay with, a pool and weights at the Y (which are both pretty nice), the flight wasn't very expensive or long. Things couldn't be nicer while southern Vermont is scheduled for three days of wintry mix.
Things would be even better if on Saturday morning I wasn't a little too zealous about getting back onto the lifting track. What a rookie mistake. Too much weight too quickly. Instead of just progressively increasing the weight over three or four sessions throughout the week I had to push it the first day. In exchange for cashing in some short-sighted exuberance, I received a vicious 4 am wakeup Sunday from an incredibly inflamed right hamstring. I tried the old "just get back to sleep and it'll be better in the morning" but had to resort to some Celebrex (perhaps not optimal, but all I could find) and 30 minutes of frozen peas. 36 hours later it's still pretty tender. A very small ache was nothing out of the ordinary Sunday morning, but I guess the OD bike ride did it in.
For now its ice, rest and periodicals at the Laurens library. I'll try swimming tomorrow morning and take it from there.

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