New Year + Finding Focus

Happy 2019! Hard to believe another year has come and gone again.  It seems like they go by so quickly now.

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Photo by Murilo Folgosi

My biggest accomplishment for the month of December (and a bit into January) is the big improvements in my swim.  Yes, I still loathe swimming but my swim times have been dropping week after week.  I started with well over a 2:00/100 yard pace and now I am down closer to 1:38/100 yards.  For me, that is huge!!!  I spent quite a bit of time reading about swim technique, watching videos and thinking about how my body moves through the water.  It’s paying off and I am pumped.

Cycling has taking on a fun element as I went back to using Zwift for training purposes.  I don’t own a power meter so I needed a way to measure my power output (at least close to it) in order to follow the prescribed training.  I love that Zwift uses a formula to give you an approximate power output and it’s fun to ride with others around the world.  I “may” have even added some additional fun rides on top of my training. 😉

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Unfortunately, I am still working through a persistent knee injury that started last September.  I took a long time off of running to see if it would help and although the pain level isn’t terrible anymore, it is still sore after my runs.  This is something I need to get figured out soon as my runs will only get longer and more intense.  More to come with a future doctor visit.

Last but certainly not least, I have been busy working on a race plan for 2019. There are so many races I want to do but had to think about them strategically and how they will build up to IMWI. I have never thought that way.  In the past, I just signed up for races I enjoyed in the past, worked with my schedule or sounded fun.  It’s been interesting to apply a little strategy to planning, but since the list hasn’t been blessed by coach, it could still change.

That’s all from me for now!

Cheers!

Author: mntrigal

Triathlete on my own quest for the Ironman finishline. IT professional by day, mom of 2 and wife, optimist, ice cream lover, yogi and photographer.

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