Ok...3 months since my last post, so here we go. Why don't I start with whats current. Its about 5 weeks until I race the half iron distance race in Napa, CA on May 1. My training is progressing nicely and I am feeling my fitness progress right along with it. I have been outside for a handful of rides, my last one being 3 hours last Sunday. It was mostly sunny with 15-20 mph winds and about 30 degrees. But damnit it was outside and it felt awesome. I love my new ride very much!! I threw my neuvation wheels on that I had as training wheels on my last bike. It was about a 300gram weight difference compared to the shimano wheels that came with it. I realize there are only a handful of people that give a shit about that particular detail :-)
I also put a set of the Ceegee's cushies aerobar armrest pads on. They're so much nicer than the stock ones, very soft... I also ordered an x-lab rear hyrdation seatpost mount device. I think I'm going to be satisfied for a while after that... I love having a coach. I get feedback on my workouts when needed, and I can e-mail or even call him most of the time and he's available to answer me. The workouts are much more specific and personalized and I feel like I am more fit now than at this point in my previous training cycle. To this point my longest run has been 1 hour with speed / recovery intervals in the middle. I have a feeling my running volume is going to get upped here very soon cuz of my race in a little over a month. My swimming feels as good as ever. And my strength training program is really toning me up and...here's a shock...increasing my strength :-) As for my injury situation - the issue that crept up during the race and resulted in the MRI and the PT is still sort of there but does not seem to be getting worse and at times is not even very noticeable. However...after my long ride of 2.5 hours last weekend, the knee issue that hit me right before the Florida ironman crept back up again. That was resolved with cortisone. I'm hoping with ice and proper treatment I can avoid more cortisone in the same area. If its still bugging me right before I go to CA then I'll go and get shot up some more - the medial retinaculum I believe it is. It feels good now, also hardly noticeable. Well thats about all I got for the time being. It was good to catch up - I promise to be more frequent from now until the next big dance. Take care all!!