I haven't forgotten about the blog. I'm sure my avid readers (that'd be you) are anxious to know what's been going on. To assuage your curiosity I've been following an IronMan training schedule from trifuel.com that keeps me pretty busy 6 out of 7 days of the week. On top of that I'm keeping up with strength training so that I reduce the possibility of injury this season. I also took back that shitty Garmin Forerunner 405 and replaced it with a 305. Don't get me started on that. Garmin made a huge engineering debacle out of the new Forerunner and there is absolutely no reason to "upgrade" to the 405 unless you think you look like an idiot with a 305.
Also, on my quick synopsis of life events, my bike building friend told me he can get the rest of the stuff I need (wheel set, drop down handlebars, seat and stem) for around $1,100. That just leaves me with having to buy the aerobars, handlebar tape, cables, and the expense of putting the thing together. That aside I'm going to have a rockin' bike when this is all said and done.
Finally, in a bit of unfortunate news, during todays 6 mile trot my right knee just started to bother me a bit. This is horribly disappointing and almost frustrating to the point where I'm going to see a doctor, get x-rays, MRIs, whatever, to figure out EXACTLY what the hell is wrong and fix it once and for all. I'm not giving up hope that there's a cheap and quick way to fix this using massage, foam roller, and ice. But one step at a time.
In any case, next week starts week 5 of the IM training so hopefully things will keep going as they have been.
Here's today's map:
UPDATE: I went skiing at Elm Creek Park Reserve with Drew, my friend from Team in Training. He's a super athlete and really gave me a run for my money. Ironically I skied further today than I ran.
Here's today's ski.