"You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like QUICKSAND. "
- Shane Falco, "The Replacements"
On January 16th I PR'd a Half Marathon by over 8 minutes in miserable weather conditions. This was not a real big deal to me, but what was a big deal was that my run fitness was right where it needed to be for the upcoming Ironman Texas. My swim fitness was also pretty much Ironman ready and my bike fitness was not quite ready but was getting stronger with each workout. I was feeling awesome and more importantly I was feeling extremely confident that my first Ironman was going to be a huge success. I was ready.
Then three days after the Half Marathon I began to feel sick. I had to travel for work and by the time I got back home I went to the Doctor and had Bronchitis and an Upper Sinus Respiratory Infection. This lasted over two weeks. I was able to get in a few workouts but they were all well below average and I was just going through the motions.
Last weekend I was finally over the sickness and actually ran in a local 5k. I was nowhere near peak run fitness but was able to log a good run and even finished second in my AG. Things were looking up and training was ready to go full steam ahead again.
Then came Monday - I was standing in line at the grocery store and began to sweat and the stomach started to turn. Not good. An hour later I was at home hugging the toilet. Stomach Flu. WTF???
Total time lost to being sick was about 3 weeks. For the sake of my sanity the number of missed workouts will not be added up.
My s/b/r fitness is not where it needs to be, not even close. I am still not 100% healthy.
Ironman Texas is in 97 Days.
I feel like I am in over my head ... Like Quicksand.
Thanks for Listening,