I have been training so hard this past week, my muscles, brain (& back) are complete toast.

I don’t mean tasty toast, I mean that kind of toast that instead of melting in your mouth in perfect harmonies of butter & jam, crumbles into cardboardy tasteless scattered burnt bits of sharp crust.

Posting blogworthy ramblings does require at least two brain cells acting in concert, I can’t find a quorum.

Hmmm, toast is just a pretty metaphor… Here is an actuality, my brain feels as worn out as my current pair of dryland shoes. Damm, These were new just a few months ago!

I am not overtrained, in systematically-applied doses this is what June-July-August-September should be like for an October-February competitive season.

It’s scientifically possible to quantify the effects of training physiologically, but emotionally?? Intellectually?? Only metaphor will do. So I am shredded shoes on burnt toast.

I will return you to your regularly scheduled, half-thoughtful blogger shortly. Right now I am going to crawl to work, and try not to fall asleep face first on the keyboard.

8 Responses to “Toast”

  1. Toast. Good word choice. Isn’t it funny how we all use phrases like that..”burned”, “toast”, “fried”,”poke me with a fork, cuz I’m done” etc… haha.

    Not that I’m happy that you are feeling like the crunchy crubmly toast, but I am glad that someone else is feeling that way too!
    My body has finally resigned to the fact that it is now in summer training. It was happy with the cycling, but for dryland it rebelled for a couple of weeks… I am slowly recovering well. Last week was hell. We had jumping sprinkled into the workout..and since this white girl can’t jump (I swear I have cement shoes), that part of the workout is for me, challenging! So, with that, and outrageous low-walks…I had to lay down. I was burned toast.
    Your picture made me go check my “new” shoes…I don’t have holes yet, but the toes are nice and greenish brown from the low walks!

    Keep truckin’ Andrew…soon the only toast you will feel is the clink of a glass toasting your well earned hard-working rewards!!

  2. But hey, you still made a very well-written post, lack of brain cells and all! When I was in Michigan and (over)trained on my own, our short track coach used to yell, “Jump Carla!” in our dryland workouts…when I was already jumping. If you do not literally crawl to work, you are doing fine.

  3. thanks kelly & carla…

    some people talk about “spreading the love”

    I guess I am “sharing the toast”

    keep on keeping on with the jumping, both of you!! its funny that jumping-dryland it makes so much difference with skating.

    Once I heard a physiologist describe speedskating as a series of very precise, powerful one legged hops. That feels about right…

  4. Didn’t you quote someone once as talking about your training readiness in terms of number of pairs of sneakers worn out doing dryland?

    Maybe you’re there :)

  5. I’m tired, and still feel like I’m undertrained just looking at your sneakers!

    I can relate to the jump problems…

    We call one set of jumps our “Toyota” jumps - not sure if that’s a universal speed skating term - think back to the old Toyota commercials where the people are so excited they jump skyward at the end of the commercial, except we bring our knees to our chest instead of the spread eagle commercial version.

    Anyway, after holding the basic position for 6 seconds you do a “Toyota” jump. After a few of these (especially when the set is in the middle or towards the end of the workout) it feels like I might get stuck in the basic position and not move again!!! My knees love it!!!

  6. Ooh, Andrew sometime you should take video of me at the end of a set of jumps where my legs stop working but I try to make them jump anyway, and they just sort of do their own thing. Everyone else would feel very pleased with their own jumping skills. And have you ever had your legs actually get stuck?…because sometimes they do!

  7. I never have gotten “stuck” during dryland, but during races, I certainly have had moments of “stuck”, often about 100m from the finish line of a 1000m, where I completely lock up, and pretty much stagger/coast in…

    “toyota jumps” ken, I like that…

  8. Ken has such a high jump during “Toyotas” that even if his toes don’t leave the ground, his heels go higher than most of us can still jump. However, Ken missed the last dryland de’ Carl Carl Cepuran in which most participants could do nothing more than slide and drag both legs at the same time during low-walk jumps. Legs were into impulse power only.

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