Here's what I've been up to since Sunday:
Mon: 2 mi run, 1600 yd swim
Tue: 40 min bike ride
Thu: 2.5 mi run
I am happy to report that the last two runs went very well. No pain during the run, no pain the night of the run, no pain the day after. I've been giving myself two days rest between runs. Still no final decision on San Jose. If I decide to go through with it, I'd probably do a 4 miler and 7 miler sometime next week and walk/run the half marathon. I'm taking it run by run and am not opposed to abandoning the idea.
I'm trying to mentally gear up for this triathlon tomorrow. I've done my homework for the swim. But I think swimming a mile in a pool in preparation for a 400 yd open water swim is sort of like running 26 miles around a track in preparation for a hilly trail 5K. In other words, I'm scared silly. The bike ride tomorrow will be my longest in 8 weeks. The run tomorrow will be my longest in 4 weeks. I haven't done a single brick workout.
It's pretty obvious why the running and bricks suffered, but I have to take total responsibility for the lack of cycling. I sort of went into a general funk when the running got taken away. One of my professors in college used to love to say, "Prior planning prevents poor performance." I think I botched this one up.
The other night when I was taking a shower, I inhaled some water and started choking. I coughed so much I almost threw up. I was in such a fit of coughing I had to step out of the shower (my primal instinct, I guess, was to get away from the water). All I could think was that if this happened in the lake, I'd die. Flat out die. I don't think the "water buddies" could get to me fast enough.
I almost drowned in a shower two days ago and tomorrow I'm going to jump into a lake. Not my brightest idea.
That said, if I survive this triathlon I can finally reveal a dirty little secret I have hidden away in the back of my closet. Stay tuned...