I'll start off with the fact that I pulled my left calf muscle about 3 weeks ago and have been nursing it slowly back, which means hardly any running. Running is never my strong section and this lack of training was rough! Went to the course taped up and hoping for the best.
A bit slower then last year as I had a tough time getting my breathing rhythm. Getting kicked in the head and swallowing a big mouthful of the lovely lake water probably didn't help! It took me until the first orange buoy to pull it together and just swim. Need to work on controlling my breathing better-never a problem in the pool.
Had to sit down again to get my wetsuit off mainly because I was afraid to pull off my kinesio tape!
Bike Course: 1.28.50 (17.2)
Had a great ride and came in under my goal of 1.30. Need to work on those hills some more so my mph doesn't dip quite so low!
I took some time to stretch my calves before starting and make sure I was still all taped up.
Very rough, but since my goal this year was just to finish due to my calf I succeeded. I planned on a 3.30:1 walk/run pacing, but had to walk more then planned due to both the soreness in my calf and the heat which seemed to just get worse as the run progressed. It is what it is...
Feel good about the first two parts of the race which were good solid times for me. Run was of course disapointing, but I think I did acheive my major goal of not causing any further damage to my leg. Now time to let it heal properly. Any one have a good doctor they recommend??