Dealing with injuries is all part and parcel of sport, and triathlon is no exception. I have been trying to manage a chronic Achilles tendonitis for 6 months now, which has really put the kibosh on my run training. In fact, looking at my Garmin data, since the last race of the season on September 15th up until yesterday morning, I have run 89.6 miles total! So, as a special birthday treat, I decided to race Goring 10k yesterday. It’s what any self respecting, just turning 48 year old would do, right? With a very sociable start time of 11am, and under glorious spring skies, I lined up at the start, ably supported by long suffering wife, child 1, child 2, and big hairy dog. Now I’m not pretending that I am not fit, cos I have been doing a fair bit of cycling, but I was very pleasantly surprised with a finish time of 41:56. And it’s not like I’m capable of a 36 or something silly like that, no, even when well prepared I would be happy to break 40. And this morning I don’t appear to be too broken either. So that’s all a bit weird really. I think we tend to pile lots of pressure onto ourselves when we are injured and can’t do what we want to do, what the book/coach tells us to do, or perhaps more significantly what we think we should do. I’m still not sure I have learnt my lesson, and will continue to fret about not being able to train consistently for the run, but I will take some encouragement from yesterday’s birthday treat, and feel a bit more positive about the start of my Ironman training schedule that starts in a month’s time. As it turns out, I should do less, more often!
I’m never really happy unless I have some goals booked in for the year, and having taken a break from long distance last year (well, apart from Alpe d’Huez), this year is shaping up nicely. I did put in an entry for Norseman, but unfortunately I was not one of the lucky (?) ones who got their names pulled out of the hat. I did consider Embrunman, but it is quite tricky to get to, and the lure of the Ironman brand was just too strong. So this year’s schedule looks like this:
Tour of Wessex 24th, 25th, 26th May
La Marmotte 1st July
Ironman Mallorca 27th September
And if I can sort my Achilles out early enough:
Bala Middle Distance 8th June
70.3 sometime in August.
Apart from the appeal of the warm weather and beautiful scenery, it is really cheap to get to and stay (£230 all in), and I have a few mates doing it too. But the primary reason is that it is a qualifying race for Kona in 2015. I’m not confident that I will have the ability to grab a slot this year, but if I do, it would give me 13 months to concentrate solely on the Worlds. Doing 2 Ironman races in one year is tough, and getting tougher with every passing year. My long term plan however is to go try to qualify in a couple of years, when I go up into the next age group. In the meantime, I’d better get bloody training.