Last week, I had a massage, which was equally relaxing and excruciating. This, in my eyes, is the perfect massage. My legs were a mess. I stretch. I foam roll. But sometimes, there are knots that only a trained massage therapist can work out.
My massage therapist pointed out something I already knew.
“How much do you strength train?”
“Well, if you don’t do anything else, work on your adductors. Your other thighs are strong from the running, but your inner thighs are weak and this imbalance will lead to knee pain.”
He isn’t wrong.
I used to be very good about strength training. I own and love ChaLEAN Extreme. I own weights from 2 pounds all the way up to 25 pounds. But once I started triathlon training, strength training sort of went out the window.
But I need to bring it back. The question is when.
My workout schedule is already crazy in the non-athlete’s eyes. Swim Tuesday morning, brick Wednesday, Team Fight swim Thursday, run Friday (well, usually), and long bike and long run workouts flip flop between Saturday and Sunday.
“Well, obviously, you have Monday free. Strength train then.”
And that’s probably what I am going to do for the summer. One day of strength probably isn’t enough, but it’s better than nothing to start out. Once the summer ends though, Monday nights are choir rehearsal nights. So I’ll have to figure something out then. Of course, triathlon training will also be over and I will be into marathon training again. A whole new kind of pain.
I know that once I get back into it, I will love the strength training. But sometimes, I love just having a day off to relax. And by relax, I mean run around the house getting things done that didn’t get done over the weekend.
Race training is insane. But I guess there are worse hobbies to have.