TRAINING INJURY…SEA SWIMMING…RECOVERY!

Time is ticking away and Alcatraz gets closer & closer. At the end of my last update, end of March, I mentioned an injury I picked up. Unfortunately it didn’t just go away and required quite a bit of physio, dry-needling and no running for over a week to get it back to a point where I could run on it again. Slowly but surely I’ve been back running, but taking it very slowly, four or five 5km flat runs, now moving up to 10km, again flat runs. I’ll be sticking with flat sessions for one more week before I start tackling some hills. But nowhere near what I was doing with hill work because I’m afraid of anymore injuries!

Thankfully my biking hasn’t suffered at all & I’ve been able to push, and more importantly I’ve started brick sessions. I completed one brick on Saturday, purely to see if I could, and I did with no issues, so with that done, I took part in the Sligo Tri Club Sprint race yesterday! It was on my to-do list to get one triathlon under my belt again before San Francisco, but with the injury I didn’t think I’d be able for it. But I finished, and very happy with my time, 1 hr 15 mins 39 secs. The run suffered a little but I was just happy to finish. And what a bike course…super hilly & technical, just what I needed for Alcatraz…where confidence on the downhill is just as important as strength going uphill!

And finally I’ve been back in the sea at Rosses Point for two weeks already. My neck is good & raw from wetsuit rash, so the tough skin is building up nicely!! The first session I did (first picture below) was awful…almost storm conditions out there…waves, chop…horrible conditions! The sessions since then have been sweet though! And this week should be the same…sunshine & calm waters!

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