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Plans change sometimes, and as you can see from the title of this post, I’ve had to make a pretty major change of plans. I was planning on registering for IM MD on February 1st – but when I went to the website to do so, I discovered that the race was Sold Out! This happens a fair bit with the more popular races, but MD was new enough that I figured I had until April, if I wanted to wait that long. But I was wrong! So, I starting looking around for other Iron distance races in that same general time frame, also on the east coast, ideally within driving distance. Louisville? Full. Chattanooga? Full. Wisconsin? Full (and not really in driving distance, AND I’ve done it before). Ok, so now that we are going to fly, I decided I’d look for something that was going to be fun and new. Lo, Lake Tahoe!

IMLT is a pretty race. IMLT has more than 7,000 feet of climbing on the bike course, and takes place at 7500 ft. of elevation. IMLT is in the mountains, in September, and was CANCELLED last year, due to a fire that resulted in unsafe air quality. Hmmm. What have I gotten myself into?

“Out where the Truckee Silvery Rills” is a line from the state song of Nevada – a song my mother sang to me when I was a child, and which I sang to my son when he was growing up. Now, for the first time in my life, I’ll be out that way for this event!

My knee is healing, but . . . not %100. I’ve been running a little and biking a little, but mostly trying to let it heal. I’m going to be back at CORE bootcamp tomorrow, though!

As promised, here’s a report on January’s training:

Swim: FAIL. I only swam twice in the entire month of January. That’s not going to cut it. I have reasons but no excuses. Back in the pool tonight.

Bike: B+. 14 Bike workouts in the month of January, totaling more than 250 miles. For the first month on the bike, that’s a solid start.

Run: C-. 11 Run workouts, and only one long run. I put together one really good week, two mediocre weeks, and one really bad week. A minor injury didn’t help.

Nutrition: A. I tracked my nutrition for 23 days in the month of January, and was within 5% of my target net calories on every one of those days. I don’t think I only failed to track nutrition on days when I was overeating!

Core: D. With my conviction to get the core workouts happening, I have managed to put together 4 or 5 sessions. But I’m not tracking them, and I’m not planning enough time for them. I need to establish a habit, ASAP.

Rest: B. I usually get to bed before 10 and up at 5:30, which is enough rest for me. But I have tickets for several Washington Capitals games, and I’ve been traveling, and I’ve had a couple of good books, keeping me up later. If you aren’t getting enough rest, your body isn’t recovering as efficiently as it can, which means your workouts aren’t as productive.

Looking back, that isn’t as good as I would like it to be. My triathlon training plans and follow through for February has got to be better!

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