Dr. Jim's Hip Diagnosis, Feb. 6, 2009
by, February 6th, 2009 at 04:42 PM (4439 Views)
Thanks to Mary and Q, I did hip rotators on the foam roller last night and this morning. It actually really hurt. Went to the hot gym pool so I could soak in the whirlpool for a bit. Left the MF at home and didn't do any hard kicking today. Even took the kicking a little easy on the fast stuff.
5 minutes in hot tub
4 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 2:00
Mellow Aerobic Stuff:
10 x 50 @ 1:10,
alternate back and backstroke kick
10 x (25 easy speed fly + 25 easy)
broken 100 back, 15 seconds rest at the 50
50 fly AFAP
3 x (3 x 25 AFAP + 25 easy)
20 minutes in hot tub
Total: 2800 meters
Dr. Jim's Diagnosis of my "nagging" hip issue:
"Leslie, Bill had us doing a bunch of fly kicking drills at the beginning of a training cycle 4 years back. I did these so spiritedly, followed by some of those Nautilus machines where you alternately open and close your legs to resistance, i.e., chick exercises, anyhow, it got extremely painful to the point where I could hardly walk and any ... Read: More swimming was impossible. Injuries near the core really lay you up because all other muscles seem attached indirectly. I went to UPMC sports medicine clinic for an article and one of the top hip specialists in the world told me I'd inflammed my ileo-psoas muscle (filet mignon in cattle). He said to not do anything for 2 weeks to let the inflammation die down. I took his advice, and it did go away. But it was one of the scariest, and most foreign-to-me, sports injuries I have ever had. You got to avoid provocative actions that cause pain until the pain has totally gone away, then build back super gradually. Fake Dr. Jim who is actually right."
Scary stuff! The stretch I was doing was somelike like the machines he describes. Lay on back, lift leg straight up, and then move to the side so it's touching the floor. (Have to be pretty flexible to do this.) So, still think this, combined with all those starts I did at one, may be the culprit. Bit of a bummer, but I'll just deal with it.
Seeing my chiro at 4:00 to see what he thinks and for a tune up.
Other random thoughts:
1. Felt like utter crap today, probably also due to the pool temperature. Seems that Tall Paul is right that 7 days is the wrong amount to taper -- at least for a gradual taper. The only thing that felt decent was the easy speed fly.
2. Feel like I'm fairly on track with the taper plan. Reduced yardage just a bit this week, but increased easy swimming with only a bit of fast speed work.
3. I don't know if anyone else has felt this way, but when I'm tapering I get inexplicably lazy. I find myself thinking "why bother" or "do I really have to go fast at all?" This must reflect my sometimes all or nothing type personality.
4. It feels bizarre tapering as an self aware adult. Perhaps because I've only done long tapers a few times ... My only recollection from my age group days was that taper made me very happy because I wasn't pounding out mega yardage. I never really noticed or worried about the physiological changes. Now, I'm fretting about sleep, worrying about catching my kid's cold, monitoring shoulders. Glad I don't have to do this too often!
5. The taper bitchies have set it. I screamed at my computer this am, teared up when my daughter left for a travel swim meet and let go of an f bomb when I forgot to bring my inhaler to the pool.