Nine days after I stepped off a ladder and wrecked my season my left leg is still heavily bruised from below my knee to above the groin. It looks very nasty.
It is clear that I can't make a July race. There is another Olympic distance tri in August that I hope to make if I can get a couple of things improved.
First, I have to lose some weight. I finished last season feeling that I was five pounds over weight. Well, actually I was at least seven pounds over training weight and probably twelve pounds over racing weight. I planned on losing that five pounds over the fall.
Well, that more than didn't happen. I managed to gain five pounds and then with this injury and some family events I am probably up eight pounds! That means I am at least fifteen pounds above what I consider training weight.
I must focus on reducing weight--actually body fat--or I just won't be able to accomplish what I want to do.
Second, I have to get more comfortable with open water swimming. I know I am not the only one that finds open water swimming intimidating. But I need to get comfortable with the open water and distance so that the only thing that scares me is the pack start.
So instead of concentrating on getting ready for a race this year, I am going to focus on getting ready for races next year.