So, long time, no blog. That’s pretty lame. The truth is that it’s really hard to write, talk, communicate in any way about triathlon when you’re injured. Well, when I’m injured anyway. It’s not as though I’ve thought that I’m invincible… no wait, yes I did. As I posted earlier this spring, I was stuck in the pool a lot over the course of my broken ankle recovery. The recovery was slow, but by May at least the cast was off. I worked up to being able to jog again and in fact, I posted a 5k “PR” at the end of May. Only to find out later– I think the course was short. Nonetheless, it was a decent time followed with… serious hip pain. That hip pain is reminiscent of pain I was experiencing in November/December, which caused me to stop running last winter. So here I was again, unable to run, in the middle of the tri season. I’d take breaks of a week or 2 off of running, riding and swimming as much as I could. I’d then return to the track or tempo runs, only to feel this radiating, killer pain in my low back, right side of hip and down into the hamstring. I write this now, not because I’m all better, but because I think, I hope… I am improving. All I know is that I can’t bring it back full force. If I do, I’ll risk a PR at Worlds, which is what I want more than anything else. I couldn’t care less about placing… I’d just like to hit that pretty stride I had last year at Nationals. So, that’s where I’ve been.
Just for fun– here are my quick Summer highlights of 2012:
1. May 17: Summer Blues Run– 5k PR (ish?) 19:27
2. June 1: Rev3 Quassy! I never wrote about this race despite it being a ton of fun, actually. Firstly, #Rev3 events are fantastic. The race was incredibly well put together, my name was on my bike holder, and the support throughout the race was spot on! Obviously, I’m a teammate for Rev3 but I’d have this opinion either way– it’s just a festive event when it’s a Rev race. Given the opportunity I’d be going to Cedar Point, Dells, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Florida to do their races. The timing just doesn’t work, sadly! In any event, it wasn’t a terrific finish by time, but I placed in my age group and overall, I was in the top 10 women to finish. That felt awesome. Despite pretty much hurricane conditions on the bike, I managed to NOT fall. That’s probably a win in and of itself, right?! Yeah, I know. I fall a lot. (At least I’m smiling as I churn up a puddle:)
3. June 22: Racemenu 5k Overall Winner
4. July 6-8: Black Fly Tri. This event was AMAZING. The festival weekend is comprised of a Bike TT on Friday night, Olympic Tri Saturday and Sprint Tri Sunday. You can pick and choose- or do the “Lord of the Flies” Competition, which is all 3 You know which one I chose… obviously. After not quite enough training for it, and a BEAST of a hill in every event (it takes place ON a ski mountain after all), I still had a fantastic time. I ended up in 2nd for the Oly, Sprint and the Overall in my Age Group. I met a TON of people and got to hang with some old friends too. LOVED it!
5. INJURED There was just no getting around this. From mid July through mid August I was just plain old injured. There was no racing and there was barely any running. I worked on the bike as much as I could and I swam… but it was tough all in all. I actually made time in my life for other fun things– I spent time with my family in New York, spent time exploring Boston’s eateries and the rock gym, I went to Florida, and did my best to put the anxiety of being injured at bay. It worked, for the most part. My friends noticed it, as I’d snap, “I don’t want to talk about Nationals!” or Worlds, or even generally about triathlons. I felt like a fraud– I was this athlete previously in pretty decent shape ready to take worlds by storm and then boom– a crazy, injured season.
5. Age Group Nationals 2012. OK, so, they happened. But even the day before I caught myself saying, “this race had a limit, maybe I should have sacrificed my spot so that a real athlete could be competing.” Ew, self-loathing, useless thoughts. So, I bucked up the best I could. After a terrible night’s sleep, I woke up with the beginnings of a RIDICULOUS poison sumac attack. It was laughable, really. In any event, I raced! I put up some interesting numbers–
Here is my comparison of Nationals 2011 (fresh and tapered!) and 2012 (freshly injured!):
23:33 T1: 1:35 Bike: 1:13.06 T2: 1:25 Run: 41:39
The swim was a great take-home message. Training consistently really does help. The same is likely the case for the other two sports but… silly, injured me, wouldn’t know.
August 26: Rev3 Old Orchard Beach! Another fantastic event! I did this as an Olympic Relay, having just come off of Nationals the weekend before. My awesome guy got coerced into it as our runner- his little bro has just gotten into tri’s and is flying!!! So, I swam, Jeff cycled and James ran and we WON! I had never done a relay tri before and this was such a fun race race for it. So many spectators and fanfare! I definitely didn’t pay attention to course maps and ended up running to the swim start a mile away– but that’s clearly human error- not a race problem I’ll pay better attention next time…. #oops. This was its inaugural year and it went incredibly smoothly. Everyone should head up to Maine for it next year!
So that’s it… so far. This morning I hit my 10 x 100 @ 1:15 and it actually didn’t kill me. I’m psyched to think I could even get a little quicker by October. But no guarantees. I need some open water practice, for sure. I have a few races in the next month then it’s taper time for Worlds. I’m finally able to talk tri again so I plan to do a bit more of this in the next few weeks. Hopefully I’ll find something interesting to chat about. Requests welcome, as always.