I haven't raced since February. That was the race where I broke my hip. After 2012 gave me PR after PR, and I've dealt with a major injury, I've been afraid to race again. Afraid of another injury. Afraid of a time that will kill my confidence, with paces far slower than where they were in the past. Afraid of disappointing myself, because really, who else cares?
So.... I've got a triathlon on the calendar. Next Saturday. It's basically a Half Iron, except I"ll be biking 65 miles and running 10. It seemed like a good distance because I've been biking more than running.
Some random thoughts on my training:
1. I haven't really followed a plan. The swimming started soon after the injury. The biking was the best way for me to get cardio when I couldn't run. Since I"ve started running again, I've slacked a bit on the long rides.
2. I did do a century three weeks ago, and an impromtu 100 mile ride the week before we left for the beach.
3. I think I have done one brick, and I only ran two miles afterwards.
4. I haven't done any tune up races. In fact, I haven't done a triathlon since the Ironman.
5. I have done one open water swim in total since 2012.
6. I haven't used my wet suit in over a year, since none of my races were wet suit legal last year.
7. Despite marked improvement in swimming this winter, I seem to have forgotten how to swim. This seems to have happened when we went on vacation to North Carolina.
8. My taper kind of started 6 weeks ago, when we were in North Carolina.
9. I did run 20 miles in one day a few weeks ago. Not all at the same time.
10. I ran a half marathon for fun yesterday (did not race it, and kept the pace completely conversational for all but the last two miles) and still finished in 1:55, and that included stopping to call 911 for a fallen runner and waiting with her for awhile. I'm guessing my overall pace was 8:30, which surprised me.
11. I pulled my hamstring ten days ago, in what was supposed to be "peak week." I didn't run for 3 days. It seems to feel okay now, just a little achey.
12. I finally bought an aero helmet. I still have a ridiculously entry level bike without race tires.
13. In consideration of my husband, I abandoned the double long ride/ long runs weekends. I usually did one or the other. Because, really, training for a triathlon properly when you work full time and have two children is recipe for a divorce... no one should be stuck with the kids that long.
So. We will see how this goes!