Anyway, I skate in the dome every so often. In 2008, when the thyroid problems began, I had a really hard time doing endurance work outdoors and so did pretty much all my endurance workouts that winter in the dome. So when I decided to make up for Wednesday's and Thursday's lost workouts by going to the dome, I simply looked back at my 2008 workouts and picked one. 5x5 laps, or about 5 x 3K. Seemed simple enough.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten something that I just reminded fellow middle-aged-lady-skate-blogger Sharon about. Sharon has (in addition to her short track adventures) signed up to do a triathlon this year. She's all kinds of
I told her what I believe to be the (sad) truth: when you get older, there is no such thing as "in shape." There is only "in shape for (insert your sport of choice)." See, when you're younger, you can run or bike or swim or skate and all your muscles seem to benefit from that. Then you can go out and play frisbee or mountain climb or ride a skate board, and you feel all fit and strong and nothing complains the next day.
Over 40, the situation is not so rosy. If you bike, you can only bike without incurring sore muscles. If you run, you can run. If you long track skate, you can long track skate. You would think that slideboard and dryland and inline skating are close enough to long track that there'd be some crossover (no pun intended), but no. When I launched into my 5x5 laps tonight, not only did the skates feel funny and the floor slippery, but things started to hurt pretty quickly. Which is why the 5x5 laps turned into 5x4 laps, and why I'm pretty sure I'll be feeling all 20 laps tomorrow. And the next day.
Which should be interesting, because I plan to go to the dome again that day.