I should talk a bit more about my health, and what I think is the result of my getting older. I mentioned that about two weeks ago my lower back was in bad shape; well, it was and I haven't gone running at all over the past two weeks. I couldn't believe how much pain I was in, even more than I typically deal with the stenosis I have in my L5/S1. I went to my sports doc three times over a ten day span to try and make it better. I am noticing that every little thing that typically hadn't bothered me much is now becoming more than just a nuisance. I think that it is a combination of age, lack of fitness, diet, and activity (I shouldn't be playing soccer...so painful the following day). True, getting older sucks, but I think if I can improve my fitness, lose weight and eat better, I will be able to improve how I feel overall.
With regard to training, I haven't been doing too much lately, only where I think I am not going to damage myself. I got in a couple rides last week which was great (one in Washington, DC - ~30 miles and the other ~48 miles on Sunday). I do have to point out that my Sunday ride was absolutely miserable. Around 30 miles in my legs were getting tight, and then at 40 miles I was in full on cramp mode; every muscle in my upper legs were going nuts. I guess I was a little dehydrated and hungry. As for swimming, I did manage to get in the pool every other day over the past two weeks which has helped me actually improve my swim a bit. I hope to do my first run in two weeks tonight.
Racing....nothing really on the calendar for the rest of the year. I had been planning on doing the Atlantic City International Triathlon on September 15th, but that just isn't going to happen now. I am in no shape to even try and do an Olympic distance race with any hope of actually competing. I need to put something on the calendar to get myself motivated and in training mode.
Lastly, I have had preliminary conversations with my lovely wife and family about my next Ironman. As of right now the plan is to do Ironman Arizona in 2014. This will give me a solid two years to:
- Save money for the trip (there will be FIVE of us going)
- Train properly, 2013 will be the year of increasing speed and Olympic distance & 70.3 races
- Position myself for a chance at a Kona slot
**Oh, I forgot, I ordered and received a Garmin 910XT about a week ago. I used it for the first time in the pool last Thursday and within 20 minutes it was not functioning properly and there was water under the glass. WTF?!?!?! I called Garmin, they confirmed the unit was defective. I returned it to Road Runner Sports and am awaiting my replacement. It seemed really cool when I had it, I'll try to give a full review once I get the new one. Cheers!