Hello, hello. Thanks for getting us started, Dr. Tigerchik and congratulations on your swim meet wins! You are #SwimGoals as the kids say.
My goals from last week were:
... just to get my act together for Sunday's race -- a bike, a swim, a run, a yoga class, daily p/rehab and then a race.
... all the traveling has wiped me out and changed my sleep and diet. CdA 70.3 is less than a week away and rather than feeling excited, I feel exhausted and am dreading another trip. Mentally, I just want to relax with my dog and sleep in my own bed. Physically, I am feeling soft and sluggish. I'm hoping thing perk up before the race.
The trip itself was great -- we drove nearly 3,000 miles across 8 states saw some beautiful parks (ZION!), visited friends, ate well, drank well, and had a fantastic time overall. The 70.3 in the middle of the trip was ... not my best. I was feeling okay going in and had a decent swim but my chronically tight hips became a limiting factor on the bike. I started to feel the familiar sharp pain and numbness in my hips and I backed off about 35 miles in. I really considered DNFing after the bike but just took a really long T2 to stretch and try to regain some mobility. I took another long stretch break 4 miles into the run (and considered a DNF here too) but just focused on finishing in a way that respected my body. I had my worst placing ever but feel like it was a good experience for me to experience nerve issues and pain but be able to assess the situation instead of freaking out so I'm proud of that. I'm really working on finding balance between ignoring my body (which I did for many years as a runner) and over-correcting in the other direction. Feeling good a day after the race makes me feel like I made the right call.
I'm sure all of June's flying and driving and sitting didn't help my race performance but I had so much fun that I don't regret a thing.
And two thumbs way up for Coeur d'Alene and the race itself -- great support, beautiful course, lovely town.
I am not signed up for any other triathlons yet but I'll likely do Santa Cruz in September. Between now and then, I'd like to get my bike
fit figured out, add some speed back to my run, and do a ton on open water swimming. This week, I'll probably get back at it tomorrow and be back to my usual swim, bike, run, yoga, strength, p/rehab schedule in full next week.
SLOGoing glad your longer stuff is going well. I did HITS PS and Napa this year and I suggest we avoid it and find another California race, I'll keep my eyes peeled. I'm thinking of you Tri3, I know how frustrating the process can be and hope you find something that works for you. Fun photos as ever mistressk and you too midtownmiles!
I hope everyone has a great week of training!