Friday, August 12, 2011

Able to let go of running but maybe not triathlon

It's been three months since Ironman St George and I have come to pretty good terms about letting go of my road racing / competitive running due to my knee but letting go of my Ironman dream is not so easy I have found.

I continue to bike to and from work each day keeping up a good exercise routine, and have stabilized and started to reduce the post IM weight gain. However, I am pretty sure that if I was not starting a Doctorate come September I would already be registering for Ironman St George again and just dealing with an alternate running training regime.

I guess that is the "push". While my knee is not up to the hard core running training needed for me to be happy with performance in competitive road racing I think I can train around the issue and still race triathlons. Since I know that the knee can't handle too much abuse I don't really have a desire to race the general local triathlon races but am still interested in racing the big events and just being extremely disciplined in training between them.

This week I did a short 5 km run because I was going nuts and did it somewhat up-tempo and wearing the knee brace. No pain during or after but I know that is because I have been nice to the knee since Ironman.

For now, it's biking to work (140km / week), an occasional swim and golf.

However, deep inside the Ironman dream still smolders like a damp campfire that refuses to die. I guess the blog lives on.


Keith said...

I know how that feels. I have not done a tri for a year now, and I'm beginning to get itchy about it. Oddly enough, running does not bother my knee, but biking does.

Anonymous said...

You continue to inspire me. Maybe someday you can teach me what it takes to do what you do.