Anyway, my move was delayed (and some races cancelled). And for those who don't know I'm moving to Asheville, NC. For a long time I was planning on moving to Denver but in the end I picked Asheville because it's a days drive from my mom and even less to my brother's family in Ohio. So next Tuesday I'm loading up a trailer, packing four bikes and two dogs in the Tahoe and driving. I can't wait.
There are a lot of reasons I picked Asheville, but besides proximity to family I'm really looking forward to finding great places to S/B/R. I never thought I would place that much value on living in a place that makes it easy to train, but after almost a year in Alabama I realized that it needs to be somewhat of a priority for me to be happy. Especially now that I've really started training again.
|Humid. See the sweat on my chin. Not going to miss that.|
My training is starting to come together. I've done a few races that were from awful to pretty good. The swim/bike at NOLA 70.3 was AWFUL. Mulletman Triathlon a couple of weeks later was okay. I realized as I was zipping up the wetsuit it wasn't mine. I swam in a suit two sizes too big. I flatted on the bike and spent 10 minutes changing it (I'm not usually that slow, I took my time) only to get a slow leak all the way back to transition. I sliced my tire so it wasn't operator error that caused the leak. I half jogged half raced the four mile run after someone (possible me) stepped on my gel in transition and I felt the effects of not eating any breakfast by the end of mile one. I ended up third overall and was satisfied.
A couple weeks after that I did the Gulf Coast Tri Sprint. The swim was cancelled and we had to run on the beach, something I'm not good at. It used to really bother my calf and achilles so I took it easy. I had the fastest bike split which made me happy even though I still have a long way to go to get all my bike fitness back. I forgot to start the Garmin on the run and my chip didn't register leaving T2 so I have no run split to be upset about, but it wasn't a good run. I ended up third female and felt motivated. The next week I decided the watts I was riding at were too low and went out an rode 10% harder on some intervals. Of course I tried that again the next week (an additional 10%) and it didn't' work so well. There was a little improvement but I didn't jump all the way back up to 2011 watts like I was hoping. Speaking of not a good run I raced a 5k Saturday. I was about 90 seconds off my goal time but ended up winning it for the ladies and being 8th overall. A win is a win is a win, but the run is frustrating me. I have some thoughts on why the legs just didn't want to run fast and now that my achilles is better I think it will start to get better.
I'm racing a sprint Tri on Saturday. There is talk of poor water quality and replacing the 500 yard swim with a one mile run. If my shoulder is bothering me that might be a good thing as long as the one mile run isn't on sand. My goal is to go out, make it hurt and hopefully come away with the win. Then hit the beach for one last weekend of sun and sand and surf and seafood before I move to the mountains.