Well, it’s been a difficult week and a half. I’ve been dealing with some ankle and achilles tendon issues for the past few days and it really flared up during my brick on Sunday (January 6th). I tried to run through it on the 7th and made it 5 miles. By the time January 8th came around, I couldn’t go more than .2 miles. I made the executive decision that I didn’t want to sacrifice my season due to the blow to my ego of not finishing the 100 days. I had a really strong long run on Saturday the 5th of 11 miles in 1:17. I just started feeling really strong about my running and then this catastrophe happened.
Moving forward, I’m shifting into a more sustainable triathlon training regimen. I’m going to focus on my swim for the next couple weeks while working on some functional strength training. Running will be very touch-and-go for the next month, I believe. I don’t want to rush back into it and extend my recovery time and put my season in jeopardy. I will also try to do some light bike workouts as well.
For swimming, I’m going to work on a 5-day per week program that makes my total volume near 13km. If I can keep some semblance of fitness while swimming, I should be able to pick up nearly where I left off with my running.
I’m doing my best not to succumb to the darkness now that I’m injured. I will come back stronger and with fresh legs. Stay tuned for swim workouts!