Finally have some time to update things for the last few days. So I've been to the PT twice now, last Thursday and yesterday. I have a childhood buddy Von Hill who is a great PT and is who I prefer to work with when possible. He was on vacation last week so I got a newbie guy. He seemed to glaze over a bit as I talked about Athletic Pubalgia and seemed to not be sure what I was talking about or what to do. Fortunately Von was there yesterday and after chatting for a while it was obvious he knew exactly what I'm dealing with and we started working out a plan. He says after a couple more visits where he'll show me some exercises and see how I respond, I should be good to just do the rest at home on my own time and schedule. I'm cautiously optimistic. The ab/groin aches and pains seem to diminish a bit each day, but maybe that's just the Prednisone kicking in. Still no plans to run for at least 3 more weeks.
So today to try to amuse myself and keep the crosstraining interesting I decided to participate in my own little Elliptical 5K race. After long warmup including 10 minutes bike, 10 min stair-stepper and 20 minutes elliptical, I dialed up some of my favorite 5K MP3 tunes and started the "race". I tried to ignore the HR monitor and just try to go by feel and try to do what seemed like a 5K or 10K type effort. I definitely got really tired by the end but I still don't feel like the last mile was anywhere near the agony of what most true 5K races feel like. I was going all-out at the end but it was like I just couldn't quite get to that level of pain that I associate with 5Ks. Maybe I'll try again in a week or 2. It would at least be nice to feel a little nauseous toward the end, didn't feel that way at all today. Oh the things we do for fun.
The HR monitor readings are kind of interesting. I've been thinking my max HR was around 195 but after today I'll have to rethink that since I measured as high as 198 during the last minute. Guess my max HR is around 200 which sure seems awfully high. It will be interesting to see what happens to my HR when I'm able to do a true running 5K.
According to the Elliptical data I finished the 3.1 miles in around 18:40 which interestingly enough is about the same as my running 5K PR (18:37). However I've learned that elliptical pace and running pace don't quite jive for me, I think it was probably closer to a 19:30-20:00 5K effort.
Ave/Max HR during 5K hard miles: 186/198
Overall Ave HR: 151.