Friday, April 26, 2013

I'm in non-racing mode!!

Oh, race reports are always a good excuse to write up a post or two. And given I raced prolifically this summer, race reports abounded. Now that I'm in a boring training block for IM Cairns, there's far less to say. I'll stick with the basics:

-- Not long after IM NZ, I played race sherpa for Christian as he raced an off-road sprint triathlon. The spectacular views of Moke Lake:

-- I did indeed race Lake Hayes Olympic tri, where I placed 3rd OA female, and 2nd in my age group. Whee!!!

-- I had my quarter-life crisis, gave up training and racing Ironman, bought myself a mountain bike! I'm thrashing myself on it, and I'm going to give off-road racing a go next summer season.
-- I took one too many photos of my dog, now 10 months old:



-- Our home seems to have a bike-breeding problem. And that's with two bikes out of the picture...
-- And lastly, just to keep life amusing, two weeks ago I sprained my right ankle when I ran off the trail and got my foot stuck in a rabbit hole. A bruise and swelling developed, but I was back running in 6 days. And then, on the 3rd run back, I did the exact same thing... I ran off the trail through knee-high grass, and rolled my OTHER ankle. This time I heard a resounding crack. Bruising and swelling developed, but it hurt surprisingly little apart from the initial shock. I was back to running in 3 days. Oh, they are not better, I can easily roll them again... but I WON'T!!! The ankle ligaments are weakened, I need to make sure they don't become permanently so. Careful running and staying ON THE TRAIL where I can see my foot landing is key. Also known as: don't be an idiot!

-- I will be racing Ironman Cairns on June 9th, but I haven't had a typical build: it's cold, I'm on a mountain bike to keep warm, I hate road running so I'm just trail running in the hills. Plus, don't forget that quarter-life crisis. I'm only doing this because I had registered for it nearly one year ago, I'll enjoy this wee race in tropical North Queensland yet again, but then I'm going to go full-tilt into off-road racing and see where that takes me. It's going to be an exciting ride!!