Mind vs Body

It's been a hard week, last Sunday I raced the Tri-it in Spanish sprint(4th), took Monday off, Tuesday did the Pure Austin Splash and Dash(unknown but 1-min faster), Wednesday did the Summer Stampede 5k(3rd), Thursday I took off.

Friday evening I did a 1.6 mile swim at Barton Springs, early Saturday I did the 56-mile Austin 70.3 bike course and this evening I set out to run at least 8-miles, my longest run of the year. Never happened.

Although I have two more Sprints this year, Couples with anetmarie in July and Jack's Generic in August, my mind has already decided I'm training for the 70.3 in October. The only thing is, I don't think my body is going to cooperate. Before tonights long run I figured I'd try something different. Instead of the normal Ibruprofen, I took nothing. I did though measure the circumference of my right knee,  right under the kneecap, 15 3/4 inches.

I ran down S 5th, round by Jack and Adams, on to the trail, heading along the trail I pushed hard to beat the Zilker train, and did, I stopped underneath MoPac bridge and refilled my water bottle; going over the footbridge I took a non-cafffeine Powergel but when I got to the other side, instead of heading back along the trail to the MoPac bridge, I jogged up Lee Barton Rd back to Jack and Adams and home. When I got home, I'd clocked just over 7-miles. My right leg hurt, the knee cap felt numb, and down the outside right it felt weird, just like it used to. That was when I started taking Ibruprofen before my long runs, and during the 10k at Olympic triathlons.

When I got home, I re-measured my knee, now 16 1/2inches. I had swollen by 3/4 of an inch. Whats a boy to do? I just don't know. I'd like to go see a specialist, but am scared they'll tell me to stop running, or it needs surgery. I just can't do surgery again. And stopping running isn't an option.
That sounds painful. It's interesting to read your thoughts about the 70.3 because that's kind of how I feel. I really want to do it, but my ol' body parts seem to have different plans... hope you put some ice on that knee when you got home.
I think you are right, last week, or more accurately the last couple of weeks were harder than I'd planned, too many things came together. Things should calm down again now as I really don't have many races planned and will resist the temptation to jump into more.

I must admit though, I'm finding the lure of doing the 70.3 a challenge now its only 12-miles from my house, also since I DNF'd aka quit, on the same course last year. I guess I have to gamble that I can get my run mileage up to a point where I think I have a shot at finishing, before the entry closes or the race fills-up. If I enter now, I'll just flog my knees to death trying to make the start line.

I talked about it this time last year and never did anything, this year I think I should really get a run coach who understands the demands of training for a triathlon. I think some variation would be a big help.