Despite the frustration from an early season injury, the key is staying positive and celebrating some of the other small wins to keep myself motivated and pushing forward. Here are some of the positives:
- Turning recovery day into a very light workout day as opposed to 100% off. A part of getting better is frequency so I've decided to do a short, light 1000yd swim on Mondays to try to get extra pool time in and my body used to swimming more
- First "big" swim of the year. I hit 3200 yds for a swim session on Friday which is probably the longest I've swam in a year for a workout.
- First outside ride of the year on the bike. I haven't ridden outside on my back since the Poconos Half Ironman last October so it was great being out there. It is funny because the ride was a substitute workout for not doing the half marathon but that is a benefit of triathlon/cross-training in that there is always some kind of workout you can do. I averaged 21 mph over 40 miles and dropped a guy trying to draft me so great early season ride
- More improvement on body composition. I slightly loss some weight over last week (.1 lb) from 170.5 to 170.4 which is negligible but my body fat % dropped down to 8.3% from the previous week of 9.8% and lower than my best this year at 8.6% which overall is a new personal low for me. I'm hoping the difference is more lean muscle mass from my increased focus on lifting. I did track everything I ate last week pretty extensively so I'll post that up later this week for everyone to get an idea of how my diet/nutrition plays along with the workouts.
Overall, an up and down week but I'm optimistic I'll get over the leg injury. Being that both issues occurred on the left leg, it does cause me to re-evaluate any strength/mobility discrepancies between my right and left leg which maybe causing the injury. I think my left leg maybe over compensating for my right leg somewhere during my stride. I'll have to test it out and fix it.
Total Time: 10hr 31min
Total Distance: 99.75 miles
Swim: 5300 yds/2hr 26min
Bike: 88.67 miles/4 hr 33min
Run: 8 miles/1 hr 06min
Strength: 2hr 26min