Just A Bit Sore

There is plenty of chatter in a number of the World’s Toughest Mudder FaceBook groups, all talking about the hurricane that is currently tormenting New York and Virginia. With three weeks remaining until race day, it is highly unlikely this will impact the event itself, but it will undoubtedly affect the course condition.

Can’t view this 24-hr Weather Channel dedicated to Hurricane Sandy?  Click here.

Making clear the seriousness of this natural disaster, the picture below-left shows a Fenwick Island resident walking through the flood waters in front of his home after assisting neighbours as Hurricane Sandy reaches the East Coast yesterday. Forecasters are warning that the New York City region could face the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it bore down on the U.S. East Coast’s largest cities yesterday, forcing the shut-down of financial markets and mass transit, sending coastal residents fleeing and threatening high winds (80-130kph), rain and a wall of water up to 3.35 metres tall…this will be dictated by how the high tide behaves in the matter of only a few hours.  This has the potential to affect the lives of up to 50 million people for days.

Our thoughts are with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are already without power and have been forced to evacuate their homes.

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Not surprisingly, I’m pulling up pretty sore from Sunday’s training but it was definitely worth it.  As much for the physiological benefits as for psychological. Facing up to big numbers and systematically ploughing through them is an exercise of determination and persistence…both required by the bagful for a successful run at World’s Toughest Mudder 2012.

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes a phenomenon of muscle pain, muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that occurs in the day or two after exercise. This muscle soreness is most frequently felt when you begin a new exercise program, change your exercise routine, or dramatically increase the duration or intensity of your exercise routine. I think dropping 4,000 reps of body weight exercises in the middle of a 13km run should just about do it.

Although it can be alarming for those who are new to training, delayed onset muscle soreness is a normal response to unusual exertion and is part of an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina, strength and muscular hypertrophy.

This sort of muscle pain is not the same as the muscle pain or fatigue you experience during exercise. Delayed soreness is also unlike the acute, sudden and sharp pain of an injury such as a muscle strains or sprain that occurs during activity and often causes swelling or bruising. The delayed muscle soreness of DOMS is generally at its worst within the first 2 days following a new, intense activity and slowly subsides over the next few days.

So, with that in mind, today was a mission of recovery and mobility before I take on any major work.  With only about a week remaining before I start to taper off my volume, I’m very conscious of making the most of it.

MOBILITY

Six exercises for maximum mobility, as prescribed and endorsed by the guru of athletic mobility, Kelly Starrett of Mobility WOD.

then…

Foam roller work for ITB’s, calves and peroneus (foot arches) and a nice gnarly baseball for more intense massage of the peroneus and heel/ball of both feet. The baseball was nasty, but hopefully effective in working on the inflammation of the anterior tibialis tendon sheath (so I was told)….translating to “a fierce burning at the front outer side of the shin”.

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