In my last post – which was quite a while ago now – I wrote that I was reloading after a couple of years of not putting together a good result. It has taken some time to feel that I have made some progress, but things are looking up now.
Something that has made a big difference to how I am feeling in training has been the amount of rest that I was able to get over the Christmas break. Jo and I minimised the travel we did this year which meant there was some downtime. Instead of going in to training sessions on auto pilot wanting to just get through, I was able to think about what I was doing and be present in the session.
Having more energy to think about what I am doing has enabled me to concentrate more on what I am seeking from each session. I have re-introduced big gear strength work on the bike and have found a loop to run around at home that has a long climb on it. Hopefully I can combine these things to help rebuild my strength (which I think has been negatively impacted by my surgeries through my lower back and sciatic nerve). So far I have been able to juggle the soreness with the added training stress through intensity/load OK, but not great. My back has been giving some problems for a little while. Parenting can be a little tricky with a body that is no longer made for lifting or leaning over for extended periods of time.
I've been looking in to what warm-up races I could possibly do prior to Port and am fast running out of options. The cost of races is enough to make it a struggle to fit in to the family budget. Hopefully we’ll get something sorted. If not, the second Lake G International Triathlon will only be weeks away.