My regular blogging has been horrible lately. There’s a lot about IM Boulder I want to share, but I figured before that happens I need to do a little updating on training before Boulder.
In early June I had a 100 mile triathlon that went pretty well. You can read about it here, a fun development since the blog post is that my award came in the mail. 2nd place in my age group earned me a fun award that I need to find somewhere to display!
The most noteworthy training moment between Legend 100 and IM Boulder happened at the end of June. On a training ride with a few friends from my tri club, I had a pretty scary crash. I was going over railroad tracks that weren’t parallel to the road like most are. I’ve since learned that I should have gone into the traffic lane a bit to hit the tracks head on. At the time I was unaware of that strategy so just took them head on going about 20 mph. My wheel got sucked in with the tracks and as good as I can figure I did a somersault over my bars. I was extremely lucky with this crash, I experienced some whiplash and a sore shoulder and hip on one side and knee on the other side. My helmet cracked in a couple places so I suddenly became very aware of how important it is to wear a helmet every ride. My crash could have been far worse and I was really lucky. But it definitely had an impact on my last month of training for IM Boulder. The first week was pretty sore with lots of taking it easy. There were plenty of moments where I was panicking after a bad swim or new pains popping up. My chiropractor, Dr. Arthur Langston, was a huge help during this time. At one point he said “I will move heaven and earth to fix you.” Wow. That’s the kind of guy I love having on my team! Long story short though, the crash slowed training down and I had a very extended taper. As much as physical, it had a lot of mental impact. I spent most of July chickening out from riding my bike outside more than once a week most weeks. And my longest bikes were a couple times where I went 90 minutes. Definitely not the big push at the end that I expected on paper!
I tried not to put too much pressure on myself and just had fun with some workouts. During a heat training run, my son joined me on his bike. My daughter and husband joined me on a bike ride one morning. At this point it was more about staying active, getting some confidence back and just remembering why I enjoy the sport.
We were lucky enough to be able to head to Colorado for vacation before Boulder. Our vacation allowed me some more chances to get runs and rides in at altitude. Though none were very long, the scenery sure was a fun change from the cornfields I usually look at!
The month was not what I expected before my biggest challenge yet, but I had plenty of good experiences to help get me through and get prepared for Boulder. Next up, my race experience at IM Boulder!