I completed the Lake Anna Sprint on Sunday. My time wasn't specatular, but a good time wasn't my goal. Keeping my heart rate in Zone 2 was my goal. This was my training race for the Mooseman Half Ironman, & I wanted to practice everything as I would in a Half Ironman.
Overall, I added about 10 minutes on my time. However, I did walk a significant portion of my 5k due to a sharp pain in my foot (left over from the Cherry Blossom 10-miler). Since I've had hip issues over the last 6-8 months, I thought the hip might have something to do with it. While jogging lightly, I placed my hands on my hips to assess. One hip was dropped - go figure. I realigned myself, & the foot pain went away.
About the hip pain:
Kerri has been amazing on fixing my hip. I have considerably less pain & am much stronger than I was 3 weeks ago. We'll assess me on my bike on Friday again & make some minor modifications that should help.
That's all the good news. There is a little bit of bad news, though, regarding the Mooseman Half.
I'm concerned about pushing myself for the Mooseman Half. If I had a perfect race, I will finish the Mooseman Half in about 7 hours & 15 minutes (excluding transition time, bathroom breaks, fitness breakdowns, etc.). That's 45 minutes short of the cut-off time. To me, that's a little too close for comfort - especially for a hilly course & just coming off an injury.
I've requested to change to a relay option where someone else would complete the bike portion of the race. I preferred this option to downgrading myself to the Olympic distance. I will still push myself to complete the half marathon & the 1.2 mile swim, & I think this is an acceptable alternative.
We'll see what the race director says. If he says yes, I'm making him something tasty as a thank you - no doubt about it.
I may decide to race the Patriots Half in September, but we'll see how things progress. It's the week before the Nation's Tri, which I already have an obligation to race.
Total side note: I love city dogs. They know that they can get the attention of anyone on the street & use it to get extra pettings. It's always great to take an evening stroll in the neighborhood & give some canine lovin'. I love city life.
nowhere to go but up. (Part II)
3 days ago