Monday, February 23, 2015

7 Weeks and Counting

Amber and I out for a chilly Feb Mountain Bike
It's been quite the transition from GP to Calgary, things at work are a little slower than I usually prefer but I know it always takes time to develop the business so I'm practicing patience. The move to Calgary was definitely a good one for my family, we all love being closer to grandparents, especially Ryder and my folks love having him close. Training for a 1/2 Ironman in the early spring has always been a challenge but with a 2 year old it's even more challenging then you would imagine. I can't complain Ryder is 10 times easier then he was last year and Amber has had time to go to yoga 3-4 times a week which is fantastic but he is a very high energy kid and I'm glad I'm only doing 1/2 IMs this year because trying to train for an IM seems impossible given the energy requirements of IM training.

 I'm starting to get the areobic engine going again, I was training consistently in December and January and it's starting to pay off. An hour ride in December was absolute hell but now I seem to comfortably bang out a 2:30 ride on the Computrainer and run for 20mins with no problems. It's helped that the therapy on my calf is working and I'm not in absolutle pain after every ride or run. It's been a very long healing process but I'm now starting to feel like I'm going to be injury free before the race, if you ever start to feel pain in your foot don't assume it's plantar facititis and have it taken care of.
First 13.1M in 2015 and it wasn't easy
I completed a 21.1k run yesterday and although I'm a bit sore the injury is okay and I feel like I can train properly and will be ready for April 12th. The next 6-7 weeks are going to be key to being ready for IM Florida 70.3 and I'm really excited to do this race, the training reminds me of Puerto Rico; in the basement with no fan and 6-7 bottles of Gu/Water, and 3 different sets of bike gear but I have a good plan in place and I'll be as ready as I can be for a spring race. I know I won't be 100% in shape and my Calgary 70.3 and Challenge 1/2 will probably be a lot faster but I'm just excited to be doing a 1/2 distance again and I really enjoy the training. There is one thing about endurance racing that makes you feel more in shape than ever before and I'm happy to be back at it. My body responds differently then it did in my 30s but even with more needed recovery time I feel like I'm going to have a good race.