It was a case of prioritising recovery to ensure the next lot of hard work can be hit uninterrupted and get a solid block in before next race in Kilkee.
After Tri an Mhi, I had a blister on the top of my toe and also a cut on my heel area which felt like a stone was in it. I put it off a few days hoping it would heal itself before giving in and digging to find a piece of glass stuck in! lovely! All is healed up nicely now and it was probably Thursday or Friday before I started to feel recovered properly.
The weather this weekend was fantastic and I took good advantage up early both days and out for some nice easy bikes and got some nice sunshine both mornings which worked out very well.
Monaco F1 was on you see so scheduling training before live qualifying and race had to be done!
Hours wise I hit just under 15 which is about average for me and it was all mainly easy/aerobic just keeping the body ticking over.
The real work starts now. I've 5 weeks of hard training to try and build on each area, but primarily speed for the bike and run over Olympic distance.
This will be a challenge as when I touch these zones it feels alien as it has been a low priority in my training to date being focussed on 70.3 distance.
Kilkee is an important race for me in that it was down as one of my original top 3 races that I'd like to do well in this season (Tri an Mhi & Vegas).
I raced there 2 years ago and though the course beat me up pretty good, I loved it. I got to see Joe Lynch running down the cliff for 3rd place and that was inspiring.
Its a race that is very highly respected amongst other athletes from what I gather, it's always stacked with top competitors and the course is a true test for each discipline in my opinion.
Kilkee doubles as Pulse Triathlon Club's annual club championships race each year. 2013 is Pulse's 10 year anniversary and so we should have a very large contingent of racers lining up on the day hopefully!
These reasons and missing it last year are why I wanted to go back this year and have it as a reasonably high priority race.
Whilst I'm happy to have achieved my main domestic goals in race 1, I can now look at Kilkee as a chance to really go and race there.
I'm viewing it as a chance to maybe try a couple of things differently but mainly as an opportunity to really let loose and see what happens. So hard to target an overall result with such a competitive field so I'm not thinking about it, purely just about enjoying the race and giving it a good crack.
So it's back to the hard work, I'm looking forward to this block as it will be a new level of pain/training zones and I think I will respond well to it.
One last bit of news is I've entered Wiesbaden Euro 70.3 Champs in August.
This will be a hard course and competitive field ahead of Vegas so a perfect chance to have a good bash. It was a provisional at the start of the year and has now materialised.
Good luck to all racing Athy next weekend!