Well it’s the middle of March and I’m just getting around to putting the final touches on the season plan. I’ve really delayed doing this because I wanted to focus more on healing my foot – rather than freaking out because it’s not healing fast enough and I’m missing all sorts of training.
The good news is, my next Dr. appointment is in 5 days – and I’m pretty confident I will get the green light to move forward with normal activity.
The bad news is – I haven’t run since November 7th and I haven’t walked normally since December 14th – in fact I have only been “walking” for about 3.5 weeks; I don’t exactly expect to be able to run on Day 1 (whenever that is). In fact I’m a bit frightened of running at this point – I have a mental block or two to get over and rebuild my faith and confidence in my foot. Additional bad news is – I didn’t live up to my expectations of recovery, nutritional habits, etc during this period – so I’m starting from a bit behind where I had hoped.
As for goals this year pretty simple really:
One, no unplanned zero’s – I think that’s pretty self explanatory and straight forward.
Two, run the entire marathon at Ironman Wisconsin.
Three, stay true to the plan.
Four, resist goal inflation.
I was fortunate enough to be invited back as a member Team Gear-Grinder, so I will be racing for them again this year. I really enjoyed my experienece on the team last year, and look forward to this year again.
Finally, I’ve also finalized my race schedule for this year – there may be a few additions depending on team races that Gear-Grinder participates in, but beyond those I’ll be doing Saint Anthony’s, Triple-T Ohio, Ironman Racine 70.3 (I decided against Door County simple because of the travel and hotel costs; plus Mary preferred it), Pigman, and Ironman Wisconsin.
Depending on luck, I may be doing the Cheq 40 – and if I get impulsive/stupid, I may sign up for an October Marathon.
That’s about it, this year is definately going to be about the journey – and I’m looking forward to it like none other.