INJURY: Making the best of it…

My injury continues it’s ephemeral existence since the Dublin Novice Cross-Country. It’s largely dissipated from the original problem areas and instead I have a big swelling on my right hip flexor. I’m starting to think this is a bruise from my fall as my right hand took more damage as well and I may have come down on this side. Stands to reason I may have hit the right side and that has caused the strange bruise which doesn’t seem to cause me any problems while moving.

I tested it yesterday with an easy 25-minute run. The old legs were surprisingly damaged by the race but perhaps this should not really shock me: eight haphazard months will do damage not just to fitness but also to your ability to resist the rigours of racing especially when you attempt your first race in Vibram FiveFingers. The jog passed largely untroubled apart from some stiffness from the core, so I will continue a jogging regime in an effort to test the boundary tolerance levels of the osteitis.

On the weight side, I continue to make the best of my injury lay-off having now reduced my “tonnage” to 69 kilos with 9.4% fat and 45.4% muscle mass. This works out as another 100g of fat shed compared to my measurements of a week ago so my weight loss is continuing although at a slower rate than initially. I’ve managed to lose 1.5 kilos and reduce my body-fat percentage by 1.5% since the 07/08 (61 days) so about 25g per day. Returning to 65 kilos won’t be realistic this winter but if I could settle around 68 kilos, I would be comfortable that I’m lean enough to get proper race performances.


Eamonn said…
How do you measure your body fat and muscle mass? Calipers?
Renny said…
Emma used calipers in the "old days" to measure it for me but it's a bit time-consuming and you still have to use a formula to work it out.

I bought the Salter MiBody scale in Argos which was around 80 euros back then. It's got all the metrics you need and is quite high-end so I'd put trust in the accuracy (none of the scales would be bang on but they are consistent with previous measurements at least).

Main thing is that the scale has an athlete mode as it won't calculate low enough for some of us. Test all modes until you get the one that seems most realistic and only change it if you know you've had a major change in lifestyle and body composition and the readings no longer seem right.