Iron Girl 2013 Update: Run smart today and run again tomorrow...

So much has happened since I last blogged about my training for the Iron Girl 2013. I have definitely had some ups and downs. I've learned a bit more about my physical and emotional self. I have grown. I can say that with confidence today, because I just made a decision about my participation in the Iron Girl Rocky Gap triathlon which will be held in a couple of weeks. I decided...not to run this race this year.

OMG! I know right?! 

I mean...I've been talking about this thing for weeks! Months! Years! I started preparing my body to do this race last summer. I was recovering from an injury to my back and hip, so I started out with Reformer Pilates. It was great. I got stronger...strong enough to start my triathlon training this April. I've been working hard on this goal all summer long. But...yeah, there is always a but...right? But, a couple of weeks ago, I starting experiencing in my hip-flexors and groin area. Yeah...those places. I kind of tried to ignore them, but they just wouldn't go away. I kept biking and running, hoping that they would ease up, but they didn't. To add insult to injury, my adductors, another one of those muscles groups essential to WALKING, STANDING, running, and cycling, started hurting too. The short of the story...I am slowing down a bit to do a little rehab for my body (e.g., resting, stretching, deep tissue massage, icing, strength-building exercise, etc.).

If I have learned anything on this is that endurance racing/triathlon is less about finishing fast and more about finishing strong! That's what I love most about it. I've decided to take care of my body today so that I can run longer and stronger tomorrow. I love myself way too much to not take care of take care of me.

No worries though...I am still on the road to being a triathlete! I am still planning to run the Lake Lanier Triathlon on 9/29, but will take the much needed time to get my body back together. God willing...I will be and Iron Girl in 2014.

That's all for now...

P.S. Watch my next few blogs for a series about "Things I've learned on my way to becoming a triathlete." It will include helpful hints from a newbie (that's me) about training for a triathlon...e.g., finding a coach, budgeting to join this sport, triathlon gear, etc.

Love you much, 

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