Yesterday’s BRICK workout was “will I race?” test #1. I spent 30 minutes on the trainer then hoped off for a 15 minute run around Bluff Park (guaranteed to filled with curves, cars, & hills from hell). My foot/toe felt ok besides the slight numb, tingling I felt the first few minutes of the run. Afterwards, it looked & felt more pissed off though once freed it from socks and shoes.
So overall the activity part seemed good, but riding on a trainer then casually changing shoes when I’m relatively dry and on carpet is much different than doing it in T2 with several hundred other triathletes & the elements. All that to say I’m still undecided about racing at Mountain Lakes tomorrow. A large part of me WANTS to do because of the cooler temps & the fast, flat course, BUT I’ve pushed so many times in my life & paid for it weeks & months later. One of my goals with triathlon & the like is to apply what I’ve learned through yoga – “listen to your body!” I think my body is screaming at me and I don’t want to listen….
Either way bags are packed & we leave in 2 hrs. If I wake up again tomorrow feeling groggy, queasy and light-headed then I’ll just cheer & enjoy my coffee & scone knowing that rest is more important than suffering through a race or having my first DNF. I’ve heard many say that having a DNF taught them SOOOO much. So can making the choice before the race to DNS (did not start). Duh! Easier said than done for us hard-headed competitors.
See some of you in Guntersville! Good luck if you’re racing!