Wrote an email to my coach this week to give him an idea of what I was thinking for 2015 and where I was currently at. I have to admit, it was tough to write. Pressing send on the email was symbolic of me being ready to get back to the training life and regime of 6 days or more a week of training. While my mind has been ready for a while, my body has repeatedly told me it’s not. But I got the all clear from the surgeon regarding my knee (and the pain I had been having as I tried to get back into it) and specific instructions from my pt regarding preventative measures to try and keep the plantar fasciitis away, so I decided it’s time to get my body ready!
One thing I really like about having a coach is the ability to have these types of exchanges. When I use a paper plan there is very little room for flexibility. Maybe you can switch days here and there, but it’s all done and written and what you see is what you get. And in years past, this is what I’ve needed. I just wanted to see the next 18 weeks and check off the workouts as they were done day by day. But in the wake of surgery and injury, I like that we have the ability to make changes week to week and even on the fly.
So what did the email say…
1) I think the heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is on its way out the door. But kind of (really a lot) frustrated with the knee pain that has replaced it as I’ve tried to get back to running. Luckily, surgeon says nothing structurally wrong–no bone or meniscus issues–which means it’s all strength/muscular endurance related.
2) I think I’m finally ready to get back to the training, but with the new job and other changes, I want to give myself a couple of weeks to make the transition so I was thinking a lower volume of training for the next couple of weeks would allow me to get it done and not beat myself up over not fitting it all in from the get go. Success breeds success.
3) Strength is going to be key for me to get to where I want this year so I want to make time for that from the get go but it needs to be a part of my weekly volume and on TP or it won’t get done.
4) I’ve signed up for Chattanooga 70.3 in May and Ironman Florida in November. Really just want to focus on those two triathlons and if any other races make it on the calendar, they are there as workouts and not races.
5) Goal for this entire year is to have a great run at Florida…secondary goal is to get back my strength…third goal is to get back some speed.
Time to hop on the trainer. I’ll let you know how all this goes as we get started!