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Virgin Half Ironman

So I finally did it.  I entered in the Taupo Half Ironman.  I have little over three months to prepare myself physically and mentally.  I’m excited for the challenge.

I didn’t just wake up today and decide I was going to enter.  A guy from work competed last year and I thought “if [insert name here] can do it, then I totally can”.  So I’d been considering it for some time.  I needed a challenge.  I was sick of the monotony of gym work-outs with no goal in mind.  Nothing to strive for.

I started training in May/June and was getting pretty into it.  Then injury struck.  This would come as no surprise to those who know me well.  I’m rather injury prone and manage it in some interesting ways.  This time round, downhill running was the culprit.  I strained my lateral collateral ligament in my left knee.  I can assure you it is no fun.

I’m 6 weeks in to the rehab programme (not of the AA variety but there are times I think that would apply too) and today I asked my physio if it was realistic to be able to compete come December 10.  The response was of the affirmative and I was surprised at how much relief I felt.  I literally left the physio and registered for the event.  Now it feels real.  I’ve been doing a lot of talking about it so I would have been very disappointed if I couldn’t do it.  Embarrassed too I guess, I told A LOT of people I was going to enter.

I’ve had a few wins in the gym recently.  I was only supposed to be doing 20ish minute runs and cycles on alternate days as well as the strengthening exercises as prescribed by the physio.  Saturday just gone I decided to challenge myself a little and see what I could handle.  My target was 30min cycle followed by 30min run.  I managed the cycle and 20mins of the run before my knee started feeling a bit dodgy.  Success.  Then yesterday I did 45min cycle and 15min run.  More success.

I have a new rehab programme to follow now and I’m hoping that this time next week I’ll be able to do a bit more.

That’s the physical part of it.  I know I’m in for a massive mental challenge too.  Motivating myself to train, preparing myself for fatigue, things like that.  I’m going to rely on friends and family a lot for that.  Maybe in the next blog I’ll go into that some more, when I’ve had time to think.  For now I’m just excited that this has become real.

Until next time…

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