I know what most of you are thinking….Time for a break? A break from what? Aren’t you injured?
I totally agree that I have been somewhat off the triathlon race radar with my recent running injury. But I have been doing lots of other “stuff”. I’m going to officially put it out there that I am no longer “injured”. Right now, along with everything else, I am slowly bringing the run back. I’ve had several weeks now of consistent running that has been pain free. I’m absolutely stoked with this.
What have I been up to the last 3 1/2 Months….well, training. Lots of training. In fact, I just looked at my logs and since mid March, I have had one day of not training….and that was an unexpected off day where life got in the way. Obviously my training is balanced with hard days and easy days to allow for recovery but still, that’s a long stretch.
So, even though I’m actually dieing to get back to competing, I emailed coach and asked if mid July was a good time to take a mid season week off. We decided to schedule it around Ashley’s HIM at Vineman. That way I could go and support completely free of any training obligation. It also made sense with the race schedule I put forth about a month ago. Lot’s of racing in Sept that I want to be fresh for.
Even though my competitive juices are flowing watching my teammates and friends crush dreams left and right at all these races, I wanted to step back and regroup. I feel this is the perfect time to give my body a break and get my mind re focused.
State of my training is so good right now. My swim has improved dramatically over the last 6-8 months. Lot’s of yards and excellent instruction has me more comfortable in the water than I have ever been. Definitely not “there yet” but I’m getting there. On the bike I am feeling stronger than I ever have. I have really focused on getting my cycling competitive and I think I’m close. I’ve had several break through rides that have proven the hard work is paying off. I’m going out to Piru for the 40K TT this weekend before my break and I’m hoping to produce some solid numbers there.
As for my run, it is what it is. It wasn’t great going into this and it probably isn’t great coming out. I need a year or two of focused injury free running to start to be competitive in that discipline…I know that and I’m willing to do the work to make that happen.
Gonna put in another few weeks of solid training and then put the feet up for about 8-10 days. After that, I’ll be back at it and ready for a late season charge.