I decided I need to focus on what I can do, not on what I can't. Red says in Shawshank, "Get busy living, or get busy dying." While dying may be a bit of a stretch, I've decided to start living more and see what happens. I had stopped having BikeMike craft the workouts for and coach me a while ago due to my injury but we restarted together today with a different set of objectives:
- I'm 95% doing Eagleman as an aqua velo (assuming I can ride effectively).
- I'd like to still be able to give the NYC Tri in July a shot. Any running attempts would be deferred until it matters for this race(this could give my body a chance at recover if rest has a play here). 10k can be walked and as it is much shorter than a 1/2 mary there is more of a shot for success.
- I'll probably mix in a few long rides (Montauk Century anyone?) here and there. Perhaps a field trip up to Lake Placid to ride the IMLP course for a weekend in May with Larry's FiremanIronman camp would help me physically and mentally.
- Ultimately I want to do more formal cycling events but I'm not at the point where I feel I could be competitive even at the lowest levels so I need to build up my cycling skills to get at least think I've gotten close to that point.
- I haven't seen any issue riding long yet and will keep more on one of my road bikes rather than my tri bike.
- A short term goal for this year, assuming I'm healthy, is to be able to ride with any of the local organized faster cycle groups. If I can't hang with them, then most racing is beyond my capability. Some groups I have no issue hanging with now but I want to move up the food chain while gradually adding more difficult terrain.
The biggest challenge is I have no idea of what will hurt and what won't. It may turn into a constant reassessment on a workout by workout plan. BikeMike's coaching agility may be challenged probably like he has never been challenged before. Can you say "high maintenance Rock Star?" I might even have to really listen to my body for a change rather than yelling at it to shut up and suck it up.
It was good to look at TrainingPeaks and see my weekly workout plan populated. It was good doing 2x20 on the trainer L3 as a test the other night. It was good to see the weather is supposed to be good this weekend and I have two rides to get done.
It is good to focus on can, not can't.