Well here we go! I initially was talked into starting a blog by some very persuasive friends of mine :) But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. Let's face it, I can't post EVERY workout on Facebook-and there is only so much my friends can take hearing me complaining about injuries. Thus, the start of this blog. I am intending on using it to post race reports, training/workout updates, goals, injuries, etc. all related to my passion for running/triathlon. We'll see how it goes from there!
For those that don't know, I am currently in training for the Ironman triathlon on September 8th, 2013 in the beautiful town of Madison, Wisconsin. This isn't my first rodeo by any means-this will be my 8th attempt at the distance. Over the years, I've dealt with much adversity leading into these races (undertraining, overtraining, injuries, a terrible bike crash, etc.) and it seems this year will be no different.
I am a crazy Chicago Blackhawks fan, and their road to the Stanley Cup this year really put my training on the back burner. Was this an excuse for not putting in 12-15 hours a week in May/June? Maybe. But I really didn't care-triathlon is a lifestyle of mine, but let's face it, I'm far from a professional triathlete so my priorities were simply elsewhere for sometime. I had a blast celebrating the Hawks win yet another cup in 4 years! But, come June 25th, I knew I needed to get my butt into gear if I wanted to attempt this race.
So I was able to put in 7-8 heavy weeks of training. I built up to a few 17-18 hour weeks and started to feel like things were falling into place. Since my bike crash in 2009 I've been fighting a hamstring injury and with all the biking miles that started to come into play again-but it's nothing I haven't dealt with before, so I was starting to feel really excited as I hit my last really long week of training.
Then-another curve ball. The last few weeks my heal/Achilles has been really tight, but I've been doing all the necessary steps to be able to get through the day (icing, rolling it out on a golf ball). But today after my swim, I got on the treadmill to try and get a quick 5 miler in, when the tightness got so bad that I wasn't able to put any pressure on it. I tried to stretch out a bit, but it just wasn't happening so I bagged the workout. The last thing I need is to tear my Achilles now with Ironman in 19 days. I'm really hoping that this tightness/pain is really bad right now because of the crazy long ride I put in on Sunday (my longest ever, 125 miles) and the 30+ running miles I put in on top of that last week.
For now, I am going to stand down and rest. Swam yesterday and today, will get a short ride in tomorrow, but I am supposed to run 10 on Thursday (not sure what I'm going to do about that quite yet). I'm doing an 80 mile ride this weekend-my plan calls for the second race rehearsal, but the last 3 weekends I've done 100+ milers all in race rehearsal format (to try out and tweak my nutrition strategy) so this weekend I'm backing off to 80. Let's hope this heal injury clears up ASAP-I don't need to be tackling a hamstring and heal injury during this year's race!