Saturday, February 22, 2014
I'd been feeling great coming up to a marathon I did on February 2nd. So I signed up for a 70.3 triathlon which is scheduled for March 29th. I should have been resting a lot coming off the marathon before taking on this larger endeavor, but too late, I'm already signed up and going to do it.
Swimming and running are going fine. I'm still not feeling confident on the bike. I took the bike to a local bike shop, had it tuned up and fitted to me. I think I need to work on my nutrition better for my next long ride. In retrospect, I probably did not eat and drink enough last 31 mile long ride.
Today I was scheduled to do a 35-40 mile ride, but I made a decision to take a rest day and do that ride tomorrow.
Yesterday, I did an 8 mile run, and my knee was feeling sore. I soaked in my 58 degree pool water, then did foam rolling, ice pack and elevation. My knee problems had gone away for a few months, so I thought it was better and healed. From now on, until race day, I will wear a knee brace every time I run.
From what I understand, cycling does not irritate the knees unless your form or position on the bike is off. That's not the case with me, so perhaps it's just overtraining, which I tend to do. Next long ride, I plan to start slower, ride slower and just go for time on the bike.
Only 6 more weeks to train, so I will err on the side of undertraining for this race. There is lots of information about senior athletes available to me, but not specific to 70.3 training. So, I'm using the generic training plans and lowering the distances and frequency, and resting a bit more. That strategy seemed to work for the marathon training, hope it will for this half Ironman distance.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.