The ironic nature of this post is not lost on me....
A few posts ago, I mentioned the lack of an injury and managed to pick up an infection in my leg.
In the last post or two, I also mentioned about the reasonable health and lack of sickness I've experienced in some time.
Well, I was due a dose so! Murphy's Law and all that eh!
I don't think I'll be posting about illness or injuries for quite some time now will I! I'm not a superstitious type but the timing is pretty coincidental all the same.
Last week I was starting a taper and on Thursday felt absolutely wrecked.
Friday early morning swim was going to be a sick one. I told coach and informed him of my poor condition and swim was canned early after an hour as I was sent home.
Great, a 4 day weekend and I've managed to start it with a nice portion of poor health and training on hold until better times appear.
Saturday was a scheduled day off anyway so it was much rest recovery and laziness.
By Sunday, I had a bit of cabin fever but was still not 100%. I managed an easy run to keep things moving and help try clear the system.
There's been a bug going around the group and it could stem from that, my office has also been full of sickies lately or it could even be an early symptom of the body saying enough! I'm cooked now let me recover or I'm shutting down! Probably a combination of all 3.
I did feel a bit better on Sunday but not 100% by any means. Today was the same, under the weather a bit but it's really just a head cold so not affecting much.
Nonetheless, important to try fight it off before race day so just an easy biking session with a few minor intervals to keep the head in the game.
I bumped into a couple fellow B2R Athletes as well as Peter Kern on the Ashford course as he was prepping a few of his athletes for the race. A nice but cold day.
So with the taper and head cold there's not a lot to update on really other than the irony of it all!
One can only laugh and try look after myself to get through this week feeling better.
The Specialized S-Works McLaren TT Helmet was trialled by the Pro's in Vegas and Kona last year.
Being a big fan of both Specialized and McLaren, this was always on my radar and if it became available and fitted me I was in.
Unfortunately, it happened to come in black and red, oh dear, another reason to suck me right in and Base 2 Race got it in for me this weekend. I popped along in my sickly state on Friday afternoon to check fitting. I was warned it was tight and don't think anyone had managed to fit it on before me.
The ear covers are somewhat carbon/rubber and allow a degree of flex - certainly more than the Spiuk. They need to, as it's a tight but still comfortable fit to get it on with the flex there.
It's designed like this, as it really hugs the ears and side of head once on.
So much so, that hearing is even slightly reduced but only really a little bit muffled.
The price of aerodynamics eh.
I remember reading this before and checking my Spiuk as there are some various rulings on different helmets for some reason. It's something I'll have to check going forward ahead of races to be safe but for this season I should be good.
This Week: - RACE WEEK BABY
So it's now race week.
Let me repeat, at long frickin last it's god damn time for a pretty big race to kick off the season!
I've been looking forward to this for some time.
Saturday see's the National Duathlon Championships kick off in Ashford and my main aim is to get my health back to 100% and be on the start line in good shape.
Having a dose of sickness makes you appreciate things all the more when you are healthy and in good shape. It makes you realise you should race whilst you can, appreciate things and enjoy things all the more. Be it racing or training or general health.
I'm very excited for this race, it's been a good winter and I feel my progress curve has continued.
The distance will be a first for me but if anything is similar to my 70.3 focus so I think I'm well prepared.
I had a look at the entry list and I can see near 20 names that will be competing for top 10 slots.
Personally, I think there's close to 8 capable of winning it and it's all about who turns up in the best shape on the day. It's nice to be able to race such a high level of competition for the first race of the season and see where we all finish up on the day.
It could be a very closely fought race and with the course layout being of a lap nature it should be an interesting one to both watch and be a part of.
So I'm off to rest and recover and try get my ass to the start line healthy and in good shape.
If I can do that, I'd be hopeful of surprising a few and getting a good result to start the season.
I don't think anyone can predict how it's going to go with such a competitive field anything can happen. Some may go out too hard and blow up, some may start too slow and never recover and others may not even turn up!
I should probably tell my legs to enjoy this rest whilst they can then!