I'm going to race Muskoka 70.3! I decided today on my way into work that I'm going to be stubborn and no matter what even if it means swimming one arm I'm going to race on September 13. The doctor told me yesterday to go ahead and try swimming a little bit so today I got in the pool and I could definitely feel it but I must admit it was a little bit better than I expected. As I was getting changed I could see myself not getting across the pool and getting out really pissed but I managed to swim 400m non stop and then got out. I proved to myself that I can do it and I will take that and build on it.
My biking and running has started to come back though and I went out for a 2 hour bike ride on Saturday with Pro triathlete Brent Poulsen who is in town for a few days. We had a good ride minus my flat tire down Long Lake.
Sunday was the day I was supposed to race in Kelowna BC at Nationals so I decided to get my racing fix anyways and race in the Beaton Classic with my sister. We decided or should I say my shoulder decided that she would do the swim and canoe and I would do the bike and run. The swim was first and Molly came out of the water first with a really good swim. On the bike my legs were feeling it from my ride the day before after not training for over a week but I was still able to have the fastest bike split over a couple of strong cyclist from the cycling club who were on other teams. Also to make it even more interesting was that there was a huge black bear in the middle of the road on my second bike lap! Molly had just over a minute lead heading out into the canoe but there was a strong cross wind and paddling is not something she does everyday. Actually probably the last time she did was at last years Beaton. She did good though but the second place team had a really strong paddler and there runner had at least a 5 minute lead heading out onto the run. I ran hard but it's a hilly course and each hill just hit me like a ton of bricks and felt like I was coming to a dead stop. As I got to the top though and started going down hill or on a straight I felt really good which seemed wired. Usually when you feel like that on the hills the rest isn't all that much better. At the turn around I could tell I had made up some good time but there was still a couple minutes lead between me and the lead runner. I pushed hard the second 2.5km and it wasn't until the last km that I could start to see her up ahead. I decided that I had to go for it and I finally passed the leader with about 40m to go before the finish. It was great to be pushed like that and me and my sister had another great day racing and it felt good to get that in.
It will be a big bike and run focus from now until Muskoka so that no matter how the swim goes I'm able to hammer the rest of it. The swimming will come along and I know I wont have the fastest overall swim split this year by 2 minutes but I will have a smile on my face race morning just because I'm there.
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