I can’t believe I’m just five weeks away from my 3rd Ironman! Time is flying! The good news is I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things. Although, what coach Beth and I are realizing is, I’m not quite where I wish I were right now. The crash took a bit out of me, and not just with a week of not a lot of training, but also with some aches and pains, that could potentially turn into injuries we are being very mindful of my upcoming training.
After last Saturday’s crash, I didn’t do much of anything except, ice, sleep, and have Mitch and Courtney put Tegaderm on me. On Wednesday I got on the trainer for the first time, and did an easy spin. That felt alright. Thursday, I did the same thing, and again felt alright. Then Friday, I did an hour of strength, a 30min run, and 15min in the pool. I felt good. Friday, I also picked up my bike!
Saturday was supposed to be the day I got back on my bike outside, but I had no one to ride with, and I was NOT ready to ride solo outside for 6 1/2hrs post-crash. So, I threw on the Ironman World Championships, and did it on the trainer. It honestly wasn’t that bad because I had the IM World Champs keeping me inspired and motivated the whole day, but on any other Saturday, it might have been a bit tough. I put intervals in there, just like I was supposed to outside, and the time flew by! Then, on Sunday, my body was pretty sore/tired/hurting, so I ended up swimming for 20min, and riding the trainer easy for 90min. So, I ended up doing my long run today – 2 1/2hrs. And it HURT! About 1hr 30min in, my left hip and hip flexor really started giving me problems. They have been bothering me since the crash, but I thought with all the rest, they would be okay. And they were until about 90min in, and I had an hour to go. I pressed on, albeit SLOWLY, but I did it. It at least boosted my confidence that my endurance is still there, just not at the speed nor the comfort level that I would prefer to be at during a long training run.
I ended up with 13 1/2hrs for the week, which still isn’t bad given the fact that I had just crashed pretty badly a week ago. In fact, here is the transformation of my road rash…one week later.
I’m pretty bummed, because I can tell that my fitness has declined since Ironman Wisconsin, but there’s nothing I can really do about it. So, I’m just trying to look ahead, and make the most of my training, and try to heal up so that I can still put in the best performance I’m capable of on race day.
The fun news is…I’m heading to the Dominican Republic tomorrow! YAY! I’m super excited! I’m going to get in some dedicated training in there, while also playing on the beach and in waterfalls, etc. A mini-vacay is just what I need right now.