Thursday, May 14, 2009
So, as most of you know I crashed on my mountain bike on Sunday and did some pretty serious damage to my knee. As a result, I had to cancel my flight to Michigan and miss my first big race of the year. It has been a challenging time enotionally b/c I am and have been so excited to race and I was really gearing up for this event. It was going to be a good test and let me know what I need to work on over the next few weeks as I build up to my peak races starting June 6th in Idaho. I am not going to lie, I have been really down about all of it until yesterday when I decided to kick myself in the butt and move on. So, I got outside yesterday for some swimming (the only thing I can do at the moment). It really made me feel much better about everything and helped me to put things into perspective. I am sure people are thinking "what's the big deal" but with everything I have sacrificed to get to this point and to have it all come to a hault in the blink of an eye is a bit frustrating and hard to handle.
So, taking the time to think about everything and let it all sink in has allowed me to be more positive about it all. Truthfully, not racing, traveling, etc. will allow me to be really rested and prepared to tackle a very hard 3 week training block in prep for the next 3 races. This is of course assuming I will be 100% come monday, which is still questionable. My knee feels much, much better this morning so I hope to keep this trend and be ready come Monday.
My plan now is to train very hard for the next 3 weeks and then do 3 races in 3 weeks...Idaho, Richmond, Arkansas (this was my original plan...to peak for these 3), return home and then do a 3 week build up to Vermont and Colorado. So, 5 races in 8 weeks and all will be counted toward my series points/ranking (since I will miss the first 3 races). I am in the best shape of my life and I think the next 3 weeks will really take me to the next level that I am looking for. So, that is the plan moving forward and I will just be resting for the next few days until this knee pain is hopefully gone.
Plus, my 30th birthday is this Sunday so Jess and I are going to make the most of me being home. As long as my knee heals up I will call this "hurdle" a blessing in disguise ;)
Here are some pictures from last nights club aquathlon...I just did the swim. Fun event!