Wednesday, September 9, 2009

It's September Already?!

Wow, time has really flown the past couple of months! That's a good thing when you're recovering from an injury. I'm back to doing swim-bike-run again, and even swam my first strokes of 2-arm butterfly the other day! My collarbone is recovering nicely and I'm getting my strength back. I've had to change plans a bit Ironman this year, there's just not enough time to fit in the training. So I've readjusted my focus to training for a winter marathon instead. This will help build a good running base to jump-start my season next year. I've made some important changes in my approach to running and feel like I'm already reaping the fact, I ran a near-PR half marathon the other weekend AND negative split it in the process! I'm pretty sure that's a first for me.

Swimming and biking are coming along nicely too. My first triathlon back since the injury will actually be this weekend at the Bear Lake Brawl in Garden City, UT. It will be my first time racing this event which is always fun...not to mention that the location is simply gorgeous! We're planning to make a weekend of it by heading to the Uintas post-race for some quality camping.

We had a visitor last weekend when my sister swung by on her way to Indiana. She was just here for one day but we packed it full with outdoor activities---hiking, running, and open water swimming. She'll be back through in a couple of weeks for a little longer visit this time. We were hoping to put together a triathlon relay but the race we were eying sold out---bummer! But I'm sure we can come up with something else fun to do.

I've been running in the early mornings three days a week with some of Albert's friends at Liberty Park...we're calling ourselves the Morning Marauders and have expanded from 2 to 6 people! The guys are really fun and it ends up being a nice soft recovery run for me. I think I've talked one of them into doing a half marathon this winter!

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Hi, Malaika!
I just got home from the Bear Lake Brawl and had to look you up online. I didn't realize you were there competing until after the race! You were at my very first triathlon last year at the Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas. I watched you and the other pros when it was televised. Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool when I found out you were at the Brawl! I didn't feel so bad being beaten so badly by a pro! I am still just a beginner, but I really love this sport. I was a swimmer way back in high school....nowhere near your caliber, but the swim is my favorite part! Anyway, thought I would just say "hi" and congratulate you on your recovery....looks like you're gonna be just fine!