Sometimes plans don’t work out. I think the expression is ‘Best laid plans…’ In this case my plan was to tick off a bucket list race and go and race the iconic Challenge Roth. Plans made in December the previous year sometimes don’t come off, particularly in a sport which likes to throw dodgeballs at you along the way.
My first dodgeball was in January, 70.3 South Africa and a crash which took me out for a while. As I’ve mentioned (a few…!) times this put me on the back foot and racing to get fit for Ironman African Champs. Job done. I raced. I exceeded my expectations. Happy.
What I didn’t appreciate is how it’s possible to push through your current fitness to achieve a result you really want. I raced really hard. Harder than my fitness at that time should have allowed. That’s all well and good. I was over the moon with my result but at some time something has to give. I realized after South Africa that my recovery was dragging, it took me longer to get back into full training that I could deal with. I pushed back, pushed through it but to my detriment. So many lessons learnt. I’ll be so wise by the time my time is up!
Anyway, it’s not a big one, but the second dodgeball is a recurring plantar fascia problem has flared up, probably a result of rushing back from the first dodgeball. It’s something I don’t want to push and after my win at Challenge Salou I decided to take three weeks off running. I’m coming to the end of my three weeks. I don’t want to speak too soon but I think I’ve also managed to take advantage of the niggle. I’ve been working on my bike and I’ve gone back to one of my favourite past times; aqua jogging. One of the plus points of having spent half my twenties as a broken runner is that I have a well rehearsed protocol when I begin to get a niggle. I know when to pull back and I know how to keep the fitness I have. For now Challenge Roth will have to wait another year.
Next up will be Ironman 70.3 Norway followed by 70.3 Dublin. After that I’ll see how I go but somehow we’re back in Kona territory and my main focus is to go into that fit and healthy.
...On a side note here are some photos of my below par race in St. Polten and my impromptu confidence boost at Challenge Salou. If you follow me on social media you'll know I was disappointed with being out of the race in St. Polten from the start. So much so that I decided to do the dirty double and travel to Spain the following week. I raced Challenge Salou slightly scared that St. Polten wasn't just a blip and that I was actually just really unfit and rubbish! As it turned out, I had my best bike (since I've been riding with Rotor power) and was happy to take the win.
Thanks to my sponsors for the support and bearing with me as I change my plans. Thanks to Rob for spending his week holiday flying from Austria, to Spain, back to the UK!