(Photo courtesy of my parents – thanks to them for the guiding help!)
After the struggles in January, I re-started the swim coaching with Coach Joe. Things had also gotten a little better on the other two aspects during training. So going into this race of the series, I expected better outcomes.
That did occur with both the swim and the bike, but not the run. In the swim, it would have gone even better (as I was told I was literally 2 strokes out from another length), but had lost time asking how much was left. While treadmills have always created issues for me, the run was even harder this time. I just couldn’t keep the heart rate and breathing down/at constant levels. So I had to keep going through a loop of running for a few minutes and then walking to get things back to par before starting the cycle again.
While I had hoped for a larger improvement from Jan to Feb, it was still a good step forward. I hope to build on these successes when the outdoor season starts for me in April.
As I had mentioned last year, things did not go as planned. What was supposed to have been a 1-2 week stint on IR after Cypress ballooned because of work and personal issues. But I tried looking past all of that and towards the 2022 season.
For me, the season started with the ET Indoor Tri. These are always fun, great events put on by Coach Joe and his team.
While I had hoped for better, the challenges from 2021 showed up in the first race of 2022. My swim was shorter than normal by about 40m, my bike was shorter by about 1 mile, and my run was shorter by about a 1/4 mile.
Even though the results weren’t what I had hoped for, it was still good to get back to some sense of ‘normalcy’. I’m grateful to Coach Joe for continuing to bring back the series even while there were still some COVID concerns. I’m also grateful to Lee for all of his guiding help as always.
And the race will also serve as a ‘baseline’ for 2022. I know that there are going to be challenges during the 2022 season as I work to get back into a rhythm after losing so much in 2020 and 2021. I’m planning for and looking forward to a successful 2022 season!
As I continue to look for a solution to the running issues, I’m continually trying new things. I know that there’s a full solution out there so that I don’t have numbness during the run. If I could just solve that Rubik’s Cube…
For Sunday’s ET Indoor Tri, I had added a new Hammer Nutrition product (Tissue Rejuvination) along with compression running socks into the mix. And with breakfast being a Hammer Bar with the last dose of Endrolytes and Heed in the bottles, it was a fully Hammer powered race.
As with the last Indoor Tri earlier this month, I had desired benchmarks going into it. While I didn’t hit all of them, and while just the bike improved for the 2017 race, it was still a good day. Not just because I felt more energy throughout it, but because I got to race with one of my Dare2Tri teammates (Val Chavez)!
Like last year, Todd guided for me for the Tri. But unlike last year, 1/2 lengths didn’t count in the pool. Knowing that and knowing where the time was led to me really pushing that last length to make sure it counted.
After changing, we headed to the spin bikes. I was glad that I had changed into my bike bibs, especially at about 26-27 min in when that triangle started hurting. Even more evidence that the saddle upgrade was a really good idea and will pay dividends in 2018 when I don’t have bibs.
My focus for the treadmill was to run the entire 20 minutes without stopping. And if it hadn’t been for spit, I would have made that happen. At about 12:30 in, I couldn’t get the spit in my throat to go back down and started minorly choking on it. As I wasn’t going to spit on the treadmill or floor, I had to walk for about 20-30 seconds to get that taken care of before going back to running.
While the jury’s still out on the new Hammer tool, I will say that the compression socks were a good purchase. A couple times during the run, I could feel the start of tingling that eventually goes to numbness. But the socks helped to stop that in a couple steps. I will of course continue to play with both during the two runs I have coming up.