T-Minus 10 Weeks

The training calendar reminded me this morning that I’m a mere ten weeks from Coeur d’Alene 70.3, which is April 24. Things are pretty well on track as best as I can tell. I’m coming off of a bit of a foot issue that arose due to some overzealous (non-scheduled) running. Took two weeks off and am easing back into the weekly mileage.

Last Saturday went out for what I thought was going to be a chill 5-miler but then the weather turned. Total downpour began less than 10 minutes into the run and the crux was a 20 mph headwind, with rain, on a mile-long grade. Brutal. Type II.

To circle back to the foot-issue, the AT reassured me it wasn’t PF nor was it a fracture. Simply a strain. After some time off (10-ish days) I started a prescription of daily foot exercises and stretches such as picking up a towel with my toes, standing and walking on my toes, rolling out the bottom of my feet on a ball and also a frozen plastic Coke bottle (which feels great).

I also took the opportunity to jump into a new pair of runners. For the past year or so I’ve been in Newtons which are lightweight, minimalistic, zero/low drop, and encourage fore-foot striking. Though I’m not certain the Newtons had anything to do with my foot issue(s), it was time for a new pair that I could break into before race day and I’d been hearing great things about Hokas, so I went for it with a pair of Bondi 5s. So far they feel great, completely different from the Newtons.

Yesterday was another PT check-in and numbers are solidly reflecting the increase in training over these past few months. Body fat dropped 4% since January which is significant and good to see, because my overall weight hadn’t changed much. Re-did some core tests and improved across the board. All good things.

Also made the big wetsuit purchase and opted for the Orca S6, which assists with keeping the legs afloat. Me being a relatively new swimmer will be thankful for this in the open water. I haven’t tried it on yet, but am planning on some river swims once the water temps get above 50 here in the next month or so. As for the bike, it’s still in pieces on my sofa. All that is needed is a headset and a stem (plus some hydration hardware). Build day is probably going to be that first week in May, which doesn’t give me a whole lot of time to get accustomed to riding in the aero position (which I’ve never done before) but I think setting it up on the trainer and spending a few hours per week on it with some weekend outside rides, all should be good.

At this moment, I’m actually on a flight to Austin, Texas for a bachelorette weekend. I don’t think I can afford the total lapse in training but I’ve found a pool that’s about 2.5 miles away from where we’re staying. Goal is to get up early, run to the pool for a swim session and run back. If I can average five miles of running and 2k of swimming per day while I’m vacation I think that’ll be a total success.

Primarily stoked to visit Mellow Johnnie’s, eat some crazy good BBQ, and just relax with some friends.

Signing out for now.

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