So now that triathlon season has come and gone, with zero three-sport races completed (though technically, I guess I did complete one swim, one bike, and one run, for a total of one full complete triathlon), what’s next?
First and foremost, I have to keep working to rehab my left shoulder and arm. It’s definitely weak, but it hurts less every day. It still hurts every day, but it’s to the point where I have to think about if it’s hurting or not – it’s not super persistent. Either that or I’m just getting better at ignoring it. I also need to continue to work on rehabbing my hip. With my arm injury, I let my PT exercises fall by the wayside on my hip and I can definitely tell the difference. It’s a good reminder to just keep up that strength work.
I do have races left on the calendar – all running races. This coming weekend, I’m racing the Army Ten Miler for what I believe is the 11th year. I didn’t intend to streak this race, but I love the race and I love the 10 mile distance, so I’m glad to be running again. Then, Thanksgiving weekend, I’m running the Space Coast Half Marathon for the 7th year. Clearly I don’t mind repeating races. To me, that race has become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. It’s sort of the last relaxing weekend before the holiday insanity starts. (And yes, I realize how ridiculous it sounds to call a race weekend a relaxing weekend.)
I’ve only put a little thought into 2020 so far. I’m running the Disney 10K because it’s on my birthday, then cheering for the half and full. I considered running the half, then decided to save the money for future stupid ideas.
For triathlon season, I have a few races deferred following my injury (thank you, Kinetic Multisports and Racine Multisports). So if the schedules work out, I’ll be doing Fort Ritchie Swimfest (distances TBD, but hopefully the full 4500), the Kinetic Oly, General Smallwood Oly, and possibly the Patriot’s Sprint.
I have officially registered for one triathlon. Rev3 Williamsburg is BACK! I cannot tell you how delighted I am to see this race come back. I love Rev3 races and I love getting to see so many of my friends out on the race course. So I’ll be out there for the Olympic at the end of June.
Mostly, I just need to get back into a solid routine. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, most of it wonderful, but now that my arm is at about 80%, it’s time to get back to work!