About two weeks ago I began firming up my 2012 triathlon season. My key races will be Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in June and USA Triathlon (USAT) Age Group (AG) Nationals in August. (As a warm up for Hawaii I’ll compete in at least one other race earlier in the season.) I’m really excited about both races. Hawaii will be my first Half Ironman, and for the first time I qualified for AG Nationals.
I now have two concrete goals. To achieve my goals I have to create a plan. I’m so much more productive when I map out how I’ll achieve a goal. For December I’m focused on building a strong base so I can really push myself when I officially begin my Half Ironman training. (I’m also focused on creating the Half Ironman training program, itself.) I’m now running 16 miles a week and spending 45 minutes in the spin studio a couple times a week. I’m also doing strength training 3 times a week. I’m feeling stronger every day. That is until this past Sunday, December 25th, when I twisted my ankle.
A few weeks ago, MLH and I decided not to celebrate Christmas. We spent our previous Christmas with Noah in the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). We actually have relatively fond memories of that time because Noah was doing well then. However, dealing with Noah’s first birthday, knowing we’d celebrate Christmas without him and feeling the date of his death quickly approaching, I became increasingly anxious, upset and sad as Christmas grew closer and closer. So after obtaining advice from a grief support group, we made the decision to skip Christmas this year. On December 25th, we went for a long run outside instead. Well right when MLH and I hit our turnaround point a couple cyclists caught me off guard by passing us and I fell and twisted my ankle.
Now I’m trying to stay off my feet so the ankle can heal. I haven’t worked out in 3 days and probably won’t be able to do any training for the rest of the week.