Vineman 70.3: T-10 days!

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Time flies. My broken foot now feels like a thing of the past – I’ve been cleared from physical therapy, and as of last week, I’m back to a regular training load. With the exception of a respiratory infection that slowed me down recently, my recovery has been extremely smooth, knock on wood. I’ve been consistently logging 8-10 hour training weeks, with a nice distribution of swimming, cycling and now running:

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With Vineman quickly approaching (July 12th!), I’ve elected to go with a short 10 day taper starting today. I’ve been pushing harder on the bike than I ever have in the past, and feel confident that maintaining fitness and intensity up until the race is the right approach this year.

I've seen a lot of this recently

I’ve seen a lot of this recently

About to embark on my first double digit run in 4+ months!

About to embark on my first double digit run in 4+ months!

Last week marked another major milestone –  I logged my first double digit run (10 miles) 4 months after breaking my foot, and clocked 27 miles for the week on a mixture of trail and road; onward and upward!

Back on the trails!

Back on the trails!

I’ve been logging multiple workouts per day for a better part of the last month, and am confident that I’m in store for a strong showing at Vineman 70.3 despite my running fitness. After the long road back, simply showing up to the starting line knowing that there’s a possibility of setting a new PR is a huge win. Beyond that, I’m not going to focus on granular time goals for any of the legs – I peaked for Vineman last year following a strong training cycle, and expectations need to be adjusted accordingly.

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I’m on the clock!

Looking ahead, my recent runs have been very promising, and I’m starting to get my speed back. I added a Berlin Marathon countdown widget to my Garmin home screen, and it’ll serve as a great reminder every time I’m mustering up the energy to push through a tough workout.

Splits from a solid progression effort yesterday

Splits from a solid progression effort yesterday

Taylor and I are heading up to Lake Tahoe to celebrate the 4th with some friends tomorrow, and we’re planning on spending a lot of time swimming and running – cycling isn’t the safest with holiday traffic on the roads. I hope everyone has a great long weekend; enjoy the 4th!

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