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Well I met you at the blood bank

July 18, 2011

One week of marathon training under the belt.  The week started out really well and kind of got challenging towards the end.  Monday and Thursday were our workout days and they both went well.

After Thursday’s workout I went to the dentist to get a molar removed.  This is the same tooth that I broke years ago when I chomped down on frozen chocolate and since had a crown put on.  Well the rest of the tooth snapped off at the gum-line a few weeks ago and now I have to get a new tooth.  In the chair the doctor said the procedure to remove the tooth should take 10-15 minutes.  After an hour of chipping and drilling he finally got every last bit of tooth out.  The dentist said that it was really tough because my bone was really hard (that’s what she… never mind) and the tooth would not come out all at once.  Needless to say when the freezing finally wore off I was in a world of pain.  And on top of that I was bleeding profusely for 6 hours and going through gauze like Le Tour goes through water bottles.

On Friday every running step I took was painful and I scrapped my Saturday long run and split up my mileage to make it easier.  On today’s tempo run the loss of blood and the antibiotics I’m on played with my head and I didn’t have a great workout, although I would say it was satisfactory.  I’ve heard of people not performing well on antibiotics and I think I let that get in my head because I didn’t feel much different but I let it become an excuse.  The good thing is that I’ll be done the antibiotics before my next workout and, in general, should be more recovered.

Le Tour de Fance rolls on and it’s about to get really interesting this week.  Tuesday and Wednesday don’t look too tough but Thursday (3 HC climbs) and Friday (2 HC and a cat 1 climb) look like it will separate the boys from the men.  It will be nuts if the tour comes down to Saturday’s time trial, the Schlecks better get a nice buffer on the mountains!

Watch Silas Kiplagat wag his finger at Asbel Kiprop at the end of the Kenyan trials 1500m that took place this past weekend.




  1. joel permalink
    July 18, 2011 9:58 pm

    liked the brief piece in the globe today and the kenyan training camp pce from a few months back. track was me (Richmond Kajaks) many yrs ago and your occasional pieces in G&M take me back and remind me of some of the more esoteric parts of the sport. best to you and keep posting.

  2. Jane permalink
    July 19, 2011 8:28 am

    love the twss thrown in there! lol. hope your tooth (or lack thereof) feels better soon…

  3. P.R. permalink
    July 19, 2011 10:39 pm

    Those look like some neat Police singlets. I take it some of their athletes work for the national police? That would be really something to watch a foot pursuit with one of those officers.

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