|Soma 1/2 Iron Tri|
My ride times have been consistently slower this year. I am not sure what this is other than I have trained much more for distance than for speed, so I may just not be quite as quick as in previous races. Also, I did stop for a potty break during the ride, so I am sure that didn't help with the overall time. By the time I hit the run, I actually felt pretty good. I followed my walk-run pattern. I started with a run 5 minutes walk 90 seconds pattern that stretched to a 2 minute walk around mile 10. But, that's much better than my 2 previous 1/2 irons where I walked more than I ran. So, after Soma, I was feeling pretty good about the last month before Ironman. Then, things started to slide a bit...
|Women's 1/2 Marathon|
First, we took a quick weekend vacation to Rocky Point, Mexico--where I did nothing (no running, biking, or swimming). Then, I had a conference in Atlanta, followed by an important presentation at work the following week. Between Atlanta and the presentation, I ran the Women's 1/2 Marathon. I had a good run, despite not having run anything more than 6 miles since Soma. It wasn't a PR, but it was an improvement over my previous times for the same race. Following all of that travel and stress, I had severe back and neck pain (like crying in my bed because I couldn't lift up my head pain). I have made 3 visits to the chiropractor in the last week and have one more scheduled before IMAZ. I can finally lift my head, but my range of motion with my neck is still limited.
What's worse is that I've definitely gotten sick. It started with a cough--this morning I woke up with a throat that felt like it was swallowing glass. The pain has gotten a little better, but I am just hoping the soreness and congestion ease up before Sunday!!!
As a result, I haven't tapered so much as quit training cold turkey. I have been doing some strength training (because it doesn't cause huge coughing fits), but little else. I tried a ride yesterday morning, but the cold, my lack of a spare tube (due to a flat on a training ride a few weeks back and me being too busy to get to the bike shop), and my compromised health resulted in a very short ride on the beeline. In retrospect, I should have skipped it altogether, because I felt like crap after I got home.
I did get my bike into the shop for some final tweaks. I replenished my tube and CO2 tank supply. I got a new back tire (a gator skin--so I better not get a flat!!!) and I had my brakes realigned, so I should be good to go with that.
My plan for the rest of the week is to rest and hydrate. I am hoping that will be enough to get me through the race--that and my sheer will to complete it! At this point, the main thing fueling me is the thought of hearing the words "You Are an Ironman!"