Hey, I'm back. Kinda slacking for the past few days. But now I'm back in the groove.
The weather is turning bad today in Colorado. Tonight and tomorrow is going to be cold and either raining or snowing. Really I don't mind either, but it does cut down on some outdoor training.
Yesterday was beautiful for training outside. The morning was about 54 degrees at the start of the run. I ran my 10 mile route again - up the highway, over Skyline drive and back to work. My average speed is coming down slowly. I am running about a 10:10 min/mile now. I hope to get it down to about a 9:50 pace before I have to run the Rim Rock Run next month. I have about 3 weeks of training left. I am having some R ankle pain from time to time and I can't quite figure it out yet. I don't know if I pulled something or what. It hurt a little when I started running but got better during the run. Then after the run it started hurting again. I don't remember twisting it at all.
Today I got in the pool for an easy swim. I worked on technique most of the time and just tried to stay relaxed. I got in about 1200 meters. After the other swimmers had left the pool I tried to keep the wake caused by my swimming as smooth as possible. I worked on slipping through the water as quietly as possible with as streamlined as I could get. I wasn't moving very fast but it sure was fun.
I have handed out a flyer to the local gyms in town trying to get a Triathlon Club started. I would be satisfied if I could just find a couple of training partners for the coming year. I think I would improve faster if I had a partner to push me through those slow spots. Someone to watch my form in the pool and figure out what I am doing wrong. It would also help with the long bike rides. I really think a lot of the mental aspect of the sport is individual concentration but having someone else to talk to at times can bring some positive energy into the training as well.