Getting Back to Normal...

I had no idea how far behind I would be while crossing "Seeing Oprah in Person" of my bucket list would leave me with the rest of life.  Should be no surprise though... it's not like life stops while you take some time out to enjoy other things.

Training has been less than consistent since the USAT Fit Half Marathon and I've missed at least a couple workouts every week.  I've been trying hard to make sure the running workouts continue though, and to that end I've been successful, but.... with less than 60 days left until the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3, I'm feeling like I'm a little behind on my tri training, since I've been doing so much running.

Headed to track on Wednesday night and couldn't even run a quarter mile without knee pain.  I woke up on Thursday morning with some unusual knee pain.  Turned out it's nothing serious, it's just a touch Patellar Tendinitis.  I got a good Graston treatment from Doc Thea and everything seems to be  better.  I feel a twinge now and again, but I get knee twinges all the time. 

I just need to get through the Mardi Gras Half Marathon this weekend.  According to MC, I'm supposed to "crush" my 2:58.  I'm just not feeling as confident about this race as I did the last.  I'm trying to crush 2:58 and on of my friends did a 1:49 this past weekend in New Orleans! 

That said, I felt slightly better after completing my "crazy brick" this weekend.  The plan called for a :45 minute run, a 2 hour bike and then a :30 minute run.  Me and my training partner headed out to the Lonestar course to do our work.  I want to be completely used to the wind.  I want to ride in all the variable conditions.  I'm not the most aerodynamic when it comes to physique, so it's best just to make friends with the wind from the start.

My first run was okay.  It was frigid out -- Brrrrrr!  Headed out on the bike with a small headwind out and small tailwind back.  My heart rate was a little higher than I was shooting for on the way out, but that was because of the head wind.  I figured it wasn't much higher than where I run, so I'd be okay for 2 hour ride.  I would definitely have to adjust for a > 3 hour ride. On the way back it was much easier and I negative split the ride.  Thanks to the light tailwind, I was able to keep my heart rate where I wanted it... I was consistent, so that felt good.  The last run was pathetic.  My glutes had tightened up so much I had practically no stride.  It was kind of crazy how it felt.  I made the best of it and finished the run.

It's those moments, when you feel the crappiest, that you wonder, "I signed up for this race why?"  At that point I couldn't even fathom was going 13.1 would have felt like.  I was already dreading the 4 loop run course.  I can just picture it!  "Yay, there's the FINISH!"  Uh, no, you have 3 more loops.  It's like torture having a course that bypasses finish line one time, never mind 3!

Sunday was more training.  2 hours of mad spin (not 4 since I bricked the day before) and then a 2400 swim.  My swim felt pretty good and I had lots of 100's on 2:00 -- more than I've ever had before.  Still, most of my 100's were 2:05 and by the last 2 of the 5 sets I was pretty much toast.

The rest of the weekend I vaguely remember squeezing in some domestic goddessing and a trip to Build-a-Bear for Cassie to get a Valentine's Day gift.  We picked up some Godiva for Daddy and they surprised me with some Roses.  It was very nice. :)

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