Normally I am like a little kid at Christmas when it comes to race week, but that isn't the case this time. I have the Toughman Utah Half 70.3 on Saturday and I can't help but feel a little hesitant about it. This is mainly because I don't feel ready! I seriously haven't trained the way I would have wanted to for many reasons. One, I gave myself a mental and physical break following IMTX for about 4-6 weeks. I trained, but it was unstructured what I want, when I want to kind of thing. I needed that break.
After that break, I started in with a training plan and that went well for another 4 weeks, then injury reared it's ugly head. It started with an inner thigh issue, just on the inner side of my knee. Then I think that aggravated my IT band on the other side of the same knee. I have been battling that for the past month. I can still swim and bike all I want, but the run has been pretty much non-existent. I have biked and swam, but even though these are "cleared" activities with the PT, it still bothers me, so I have not done those to the extent that I should.
So, this race will be interesting to say the least. I know that the bike and swim will probably be decent, but the run will be a train wreck. I had high hopes for this race as it is a very fast and flat course, and I was hoping for a PR, but I don't really think that is in the cards. I am more worried about the St. George marathon in October! With pretty much no running the last 4 weeks, it has seriously derailed the training plan I was following for that. Ugh!
I will have a race report as always, and any race is better than no race, so I will go and enjoy all that the sport has to offer. In the meantime, Happy Training and Racing all!