I have read that 90% of serious runners are injured. Now I am one of them. Injured that is—not a serious runner. My left leg falls apart on a long run between 8-10 miles. It has been happening for a while but with a couple of days rest I was OK. Not this time. This time I was six miles from home and had three miles of muddy path to run before pavement. That was too much for my leg.
This is a setback in run training but as long as it heals in the next couple of weeks I will be fine.
Training increases a lot in May. The rides and runs—when I get well—are much longer and intense. Swimming takes another step Memorial Day when the Boulder reservoir opens and the 750-meter open-water course is available. This week I ran and cycled 191 miles and trained 18 hours and I didn’t do all planned because of my leg.
It is only 2 weeks before the first race, an Olympic distance triathlon. The only thing that concerns me about that race is how cold the water will be in that mountain lake—and that I have not had any open water swims.
It is only 13 weeks until the full Ironman. Between the Olympic triathlon and the full Ironman I have an event just about every two weeks. That said, the only critical events are the Olympic, the half Ironman and the Ironman. Any other event I will scratch if it doesn’t contribute to finishing the Ironman.