Sunday, August 23, 2009

Long Overdue Update

Who would have ever thought that I would have a staggeringly wide gap between posts? Yeah, we all saw that coming I think...

I have now completed my first two triathlons and am three and a half weeks out from my first Olympic distance. Jack's Generic Tri was the latest endeavor. It, like Couples Tri, was a sprint distance race. Luckily this time there were no chain, or other mechanical, issues with Strawberry Shortcake. Everything seemed to go a little smoother this time around just by the simple fact that it was a tad less foreign to me. I think that I can probably kick it up a notch or so on the swim, but was pretty happy with the effort I gave throughout it all. We shall see how it all comes together for the Austin Tri (the Olympic distance) coming up on Labor Day.

We all know and love Strawberry Shortcake. She is a lovely 12 speed, steel framed bike from the early '80s with the gear shifts on the downtube and has a ton of character. I truly do enjoy her and look forward to holding onto her for some time to come. But as far as riding her in a triathlon is probably akin to trying to run the Kentucky Derby on a Clydesdale. So I have gone forth and ordered a new bike. My Masi Coltello Aero should be in late this week or early next. Needless to say I am quite excited.

The last bit of exciting kibblet of knowledge is that I am currently trying to recover from a lower leg injury. Last Saturday, about halfway through my 14 mile run, my left shin just started hurting more and more until it finally forced me to stop and hobble home. (It is a very long walk from the Capitol grounds to Mary Street.) I have laid off of it, mostly, this past week and have had some work done on it at Advanced Rehabilitation. It seems to be getting better and I am hopeful that I can get back to running this coming week. As for right now I will continue to take it easy and sport the red kinesio tape on my leg.

Perhaps I do have the motivation to go for a dip in Barton Springs today...

As I forgot to post this yesterday, I will fill in the cliff hanger. I did go swim yesterday afternoon and this morning at Barton Springs. It was quite nice and am glad I did it. The tape held up through the first swim, but I took it off in the shower last night. No major hair loss to report.

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