Many of you who follow this blog know I’ve been struggling a bit with injuries, illnesses, and fatigue. My biomechanics guy said I needed to take some time off after Iron Girl, and I relayed St. George after IG anyway, and became ridiculously ill. That was almost a month ago, and I’m starting to pick my routine back up again, but with a 6 week swim intensive focus. I know, the swim is my best leg, so it doesn’t make much sense, except when you factor in that my right leg is in almost constant pain despite almost a month of rest.
I’ve been trying to figure out what’s next. Vegas right now is ridiculously hot, so there isn’t anything happening race-wise right now. I’ve considered Santa Barbara triathlon in August, as well as the Boulder Sundown in September with my sister. The part really holding me back right now (aside from my leg pain) is the bike. It’s just so incredibly hot right now that riding is pure torture. Yes, I can ride on the trainer indoors, but past experience has proven that I need to get out and hit the hills before race day. Hills + exercising on the surface of the sun = unmotivating.
As mentioned before, I’ve been focusing on the swim. I’m perfecting my technique to improve speed and DPS (distance per stroke). I started looking today into the Escape from Alcatraz swim, and I think I’m going to do it! The distance is one I’m used to (1.5 miles), and I’ve swam in choppy cold water before and done really well (read my coach’s Leadman review here). Now I just have to figure out which event to do. There’s more than one swim from Alcatraz event, so I’m curious if anyone reading this blog has done it before or has friends that have done it. I’d love to hear feedback.