Well, I had to skip my first workout. I was going to run some intervals on the treadmill last night, but I skipped out because of shooting pains in my left hip. It’s a little odd, usually it’s my right hip that gives me the most trouble. It feels a bit better today; hopefully it won’t take me out of running for too long.
I ordered a bike trainer that I can use with my old mountain bike. It was $70 on amazon. It seems like a bit much, but with all the snow this year I probably won’t ride a bike outside until May (if I’m lucky). I don’t plan of using my mountain bike for the triathlon. I’m hoping to pick up a cheap, second hand road bike somewhere along the way. There doesn’t seem to be any such thing (i.e. cheap) available right now, but maybe the spring thaw will bring some deals.
I did finally get my cholesterol and misc blood tests back, and everything was right in the sweet spot. Not one problem. So, we are go for full on training; we just happen to be in a holding pattern while I wait for my hip. I hope this doesn’t happen too often; it will be tough not to overdue things, I’m a little obsessive.
Speaking of overdoing things, I’m at about 80% to request that my tri registration get changed to the Olympic distance. It just seems like I’m going to do a lot of work for only a 1.5-2 hour workout at the end of the summer. I’m thinking of adding a sprint in July, and changing August to Olympic. Maybe I’m an idiot.
My goal for these races is to not embarrass myself. I’m not going for an award winning time; I just want to finish and do so without being in a horribly distant last place. I don’t think that will be a challenge in the sprint, but it probably will be one in the Olympic distance. Maybe I should just raise my expectations, but I don’t really want to race other people I just want to beat the course (if that makes any sense). I’m really not that competitive in athletics. I assume I’m not competitive because I usually don’t win, and not winning is easier if you don’t care. On the other side of the coin, I’m terribly competitive when it comes to a battle of wits. Again, I suppose that’s because I sometimes (often?) win the intellectual challenges.
Anyhoo, I’ll get back to running tonight, and hopefully get some biking in on the trainer next week. We’re going to visit my folks for spring break next week, so I’ll probably just take those days off. I still don't know if I'm going to tell the family my plans.10 weeks the 10k, 23 weeks to the sprint (Olympic?) triathlon