Monday, April 13, 2015

False start

Murphy's Law is in full effect this season. It wasn't long after I had written that last post about easing back into the training routine that I found myself dealing with two very different (but equally severe) injuries: elbow tendinosis and an incredibly painful medial glute strain.

The elbow pain forced me out of the water for several weeks. The strain has kept me off the bike for even longer. I can't even think about running — who knows if that'll even be a possibility this season!

Long story short, though: I'm injured and out of shape and it's going to be May and/or June before I know it. Last season may have truly been my last as a triathlete, because I'm starting to feel like this one's a non-starter.

My new plan is to rest, rest, rest and work hard to build a strong core. Pilates, perhaps, and lots of planks and low-weight/high-rep exercises to make sure all of my stabilizers are up to snuff. And then... we'll see if Tahoe's still in the cards.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hello world!

It has been just under five months since the woeful cancelation of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, which sent me into a motivational tailspin from which I'm still struggling to recover. There was a hidden goal to last year's multi-Ironman escapades: I wanted to burn myself out so I could "retire" sans regret. Well, I have good news and bad news.

Monday, September 22, 2014

CANCELED: 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe

(I wrote the first part of this email in a good-natured and understanding mood, but then I got the lackluster "options" email from Ironman and now I'm legitimately angry and felt the need to add a big rant at the end.)

The 2014 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe event was canceled due to poor air quality stemming from the nearby King Fire. As of last night, the King Fire has consumed more than 80,000 acres and destroyed more than ten homes. My heart goes out to all of those who have been and continue to be impacted by this disaster.

To all of the athletes and first-timers who trained all year for this event: You're still champions! You're still in the best shape of your life. It's the months of that make you an Ironman, not the race itself.

As for the race organizers...