Yesterday a small group of us headed to the military base (thanks to Navy Steve) to take a nice OWS (open water swim) in the Bay. Let me start by saying that I really appreciated the chance to get in an OWS and practice my sighting. Sighting is what triathletes do while swimming to see where they are going and make sure they are headed in the correct direction. Damn ocean doesn’t have any lines on the bottom like the pool. Perhaps the oil will correct that. I kid, I kid. Anyway, the Bay is not exactly the cleanest place to swim.
While swimming we all joked about growing a third eye and becoming mutants. I was secretly hoping that the mutant water would heal my foot/ankle so that I could feel better about the run portion of the tri. I’m still in a bit of a quandary about the tri actually. I still feel small twinges of the tendinitis, however, not nearly as bad as I felt the first time it flared up. But these twinges are messing with my confidence as well as my training. I hope I don’t push it and knock myself out of MCM (AGAIN). I’m going to rest it until the very last minute. I haven’t run since last Tuesday. Perhaps I’ll give it a little jog on Thursday and pray (and R.I.C.E.) that it’s better. I will not have all of this crazy bike training be for naught.
Speaking of tri’s, August’s Runner’s World has a phenomenal section on triathlons and it’s helped calm my nerves. A bit. I’m actually more nervous about this tri than I think any other race I’ve done. I think it’s because it’s so foreign to me. And of course because Old Wonky is messing with my run. And we all know that the run portion is where us runners feel the most confident. I guess I’ll keep resting and thinking and let you all know where I end up as the week goes on.
It's your first tri, right? So whatever you do is a PR by default as well as a time goal to beat next time. Be smart and don't hurt yourself. 🙂
try your best to take it easy this week and don't push too hard! Take care of yourself – it's all you can really do!
Best wishes that it clears up for you!
I know when I finally do one I'll be a mess because of what you said, it's just so new and different and I feel like I'l lbe confused!
It sounds like you know what you have to do, take it easy Boo!!! You've got this!!! It's just like your first Marathon, you have no idea what your capable of so just go out there and FINISH!
I think you should just be proud of all the training you're doing and the fact that not many other people are that fit. It's awesome that you're going for it. Remember it's PR no matter what! I say do it and enjoy it and don't kill yourself. MCM is more of the goal!
I'm of the though that a slow first race makes it easier to beat the second time around 😉
ps. Mica and I are both out of MCM, hopefully you'll be able to break the streak for us and run your heart out!