I have been pretty quiet lately because training wise, things haven’t been going my way. It took me much longer to recover from the Ironman in May than I expected and I seemed to have developed a new issue. I am having pain in my foot that is unexplained at the moment. I had x-rays and they only showed some swelling, nothing else. I will go to the PT next week and hopefully he can fix it. It is keeping me from running which is unfortunate because I have a 70.3 in two weeks! And if my running isn’t a little better by Vineman I may not even do the run (possibly the whole race). I am pretty down about this because I miss running so much and I was really looking forward to Vineman. I want to be back where I was a year ago and it just doesn’t seem to be happening! I am beginning to run out of ideas how to “fix” myself at this point.
My other concern at the moment is that I am gaining weight. I have managed to put on about 7-8 pounds since pre-Ironman and I am not happy about it. I am sure it is to be expected since I am not working out anywhere near as much as I was before, so it was bound to happen. Since I am still kind of injured the only way I will be able to lose this weight is to clean up my diet. I have one problem with that… I can’t stop eating Twix bars! (actually any candy or processed sugar) I am starting to believe that sugar is more addicting that heroin right now. I know what I need to do to eat healthier but I find myself constantly making bad decisions. Today the number was the highest it has been in 2 years (139.8). That has to change!
I guess if I really want to lose the weight I have to STFU and just eat right until my body heals and I can work out like I am used to. Anyway, thanks for reading my whining!
Now that Ironamn St. George has finally passed I made my way into a local tattoo parlor to see Tattoo Tony and get my ink. I wish I could say that I came up with the design myself but I found it online and added a little to it. Taa Daa!!
I am only half way through 2012 but I am already trying to workout my race schedule for 2013. I went to the Boston Marathon website to double check the date and I found the above page! Pretty cool!
Anyway, scheduling races is becoming more and more complicated but for good reason. Regardless it is a challenge to do all the races you want but make sure you are properly trained and rested so you can do your best. Case in point is where I am right now. My big race this year was Ironman St. George. After I completed it (by the skin of my teeth!) I have had very little energy to train and really needed some serious rest. When I look back on things I essentially have been training for something for the last 3 years! I have Vineman (a 70.3) in 5 weeks and I am in nowhere near the shape I hoped I would be. When I mapped out my 2012 schedule I had hoped to try and qualify for the 70.3 championship at Vineman. That will not be the case but I am fine with that. My plan is to have a solid race and just enjoy the day.
So here is my plan for the rest of this year and next year at the moment:
Vineman 70.3 July 2012
RAD 10K October 2012 (I have never trained specifically for a 10K before)
Half Marathon December 2012 (hoping for a PR, specifics race TBD)
Boston Marathon April 2013 (hoping for a PR and running under 3:30)
Ragnar Chicago June 2013
Iroman Canada August 2013 (If I can get in)
There will be some shorter races thrown in to keep life interesting as well as going to some races as support crew. I am really looking forward to the next 12+ months of racing or at least continuing to challenge myself. Now time to work out my training plans!