This week was 50 miles of running and 10,000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
Interesting week. The weather continued to go up and down and sideways - my team's traditional Tuesday track workout was postponed a day to accommodate a snowstorm that then decided to be late. *sigh*. I hate late people and late storms. The result was a workout that was run gingerly and carefully on a track half-covered in snow and ice. I now feel qualified to train up north, should I ever need to.
Thursday I went in for nerve testing (an "EMG/NCV test"), to confirm that my nerve/back problem is just a nerve being pressed, and not underlying damage. Pretty interesting stuff actually - first they put a bunch of electrodes on me, and pulsed a current (sort of like "stim", but a stronger shock), while tracking how quickly my muscles responded.
The second phase was to insert needles into certain muscles, and then have me tense those muscles while a machine tracked the nerve activity. When I flexed my muscle, the machine would make a cool staticky noise. As someone who is both a geek about medical/physiology stuff and an industrial music/power noise fan, I enjoyed the experience a lot more than the doctors thought I would.
I never claimed to be normal.
I was a bit sore afterwards, so it was good that I had Friday scheduled as a recovery day. Saturday I hopped into a low-key 5K - my first race since July, and my first road race since last June. It went really well - despite being rusty, I managed to pace the race well, and finish very strong. The course was longer than 5K, but whatever - a PR wasn't on the table anyway. I was just there to race and see what happened, and it felt good to be back. Damn good.
Sunday, it snowed again. F'ing snow.