Finally, I have some definitive race plans to share with you! After my Australia-Brasil-Honu racing extravaganza, I decided no more limping around races—no more racing til my body was right and I had been able to put some solid training weeks underneath me. I hoped that I would be ready in time for Ironman Lake Placid.
But unfortunately, even after taking a full week off of my legs after Honu, once I got back into training, I had to admit that my legs were still not right. Although they were better than they had been at their worst, I still had numbness down the backs of my legs and every other run I was limping around like a grandma.
I am happy to report that after much mental and physical turmoil and many, many hours spent with a miracle therapist here who diagnosed and fixed nerve entrapment issues in my back and hips, I am remembering what “normal” used to feel like.
On Friday I had a massive breakthrough and was actually able to run a significant distance well under ironman goal pace off of a 180-kilometer ride with 10,400 feet of climbing. Since this “situation” started with my back in late February, I was lucky to be able to stand upright and jog off of a long ride, let alone run even ironman pace. Sad but true. Add a ton of climbing to the mix and I would usually be unable to even pretend to run.
It was a big day for me, and confirmed that I am ready to get back at it!
Sooooo this is what I have in store:
August 11: Ironman New York City
August 19: Ironman Mt. Tremblant
September 9: Ironman Wisconsin
That’s 3 ironmans in 4 weeks, and that is just the kind of adventure that makes me very excited. Wisconsin was always on my must-do list, and then with my body getting right again, I decided that Mt. Tremblant sounded like a great idea . . . then I figured I ought to add New York City to the mix if I wanted to have the best possible race at Mt. Tremblant. I always seem to race better the second week, and travel between the two is easy—drive-able! So it was a perfect fit.