Sunday, September 5, 2010
Recovery Report & Setting Goals
The road to recovery from my bike crash and surgery is coming along! Yesterday was a breakthrough day as I did a 50 mile road bike ride then ran 5 miles in the 100 deg. southern Arizona sunshine and heat. It felt great! I can tell my fitness took a few steps back, but it felt so good to get on the bike outdoors. And my run, even though the broken ribs still made things difficult, felt stronger and faster since I started running again last Wednesday.
I almost started to entertain the idea of starting IM Wisconsin this coming weekend, but then reality set in... I can't swim yet! Then I thought, "maybe I can swim with one arm and kick?". I then probably have enough base fitness to get through the bike/run in a respectable time. Hmmm.
Nah, I need to step back and let the body heal for a few more weeks before placing it under high stress levels/ workloads. I am planning to be as ready as possible for Ironman AZ, which is in less than 11 weeks now. If I can get back into the water in 2-3 weeks, I should be ready to go. I know my form won't be at peak, but I'm ok with that...just being able to participate will be a blessing!
I don't know about you, but for me ... having a goal is essential. When I crashed out at Leadville, I immediately knew that IMWI was out of the picture. Initially, I thought the entire season was over with, but decided to entertain the thought of getting ready to participate in IMAZ in late Nov. That goal gave me the 'push' do what I could to maintain fitness and get 'back on the horse' as soon as possible. Now, it's starting to feel like that racing IMAZ, and even regaining enough form to do well, is a strong reality. Ah, the power of setting goals. :)