I'm officially 5 weeks post surgery today and happy to report that the I'm back to 100% training load. Unfortunately, training load does not equal fitness and I have a long way to go before I toe the line at Steelhead 70.3 in just over 4 weeks. I'm thankful to Dr. Procter and the surgical team at VCU for getting me fixed up, but there's no procedure that can get me back into shape! The road ahead is a bit daunting, but I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do.
The first step on the road back took place this weekend at the Colonial Beach Triathlon. The Saturday sprint race followed by the Sunday Olympic race would be a good test to see if my body could handle ramping up the intensity. I went into the weekend fully prepared to pull the plug if something felt off. Luckily, all systems are go... kind of!
|Out of T1|
|Out of T2... can't see the tears|
All in all, it was a successful weekend and I'm looking forward to moving forward with a full training load. I was 50-50 in my handicapped races with friends, got to spend a camping weekend with Sid and Ashley, and got to re-discover the joy of local racing. While the specific details of my performance are more of a starting point than a final result, I came away feeling as if I'd accomplished what I set out to do. My hope is to continue that trend over the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading and for all of the support I've received during the time off.