It has been a whole week since I was involved in an unfortunate bike crash. Most of my wounds are nearly healed, except for my right shoulder’s bike rash and the right pinky. Bending my fingers hurt and I will need to get some sense of flexibility and mobility in both sets of joints before I can resume some tapering work prior to my triathlon on 6 March, in Taupo, New Zealand.
Here are some factors I have to fully consider before I can seriously consider racing in Taupo:
1) My first attempt at Taupo in 2006 saw a cancelled swim (due to metre-high waves and white water) and 90-100kph winds whip through the locality. We completed a 90km ride and half-marathon.
2) I need a bike to ride. Building a bike from ground up will take time, and expense, and time to refit my riding geometry.
3) Consider using my existing road bike (which I used originally in Taupo), and strap on some clip-on aero-bars; two more waterbottle cages; and purchase/borrow a pair of ZIPPS 404s wheels and Continental Competition tyres.
4) Review my race strategy, expectations and goals. I will need to be open-minded to any possibilities.
5) Rethink my tapering strategy. How will I start training till near race day? How soon can I start working out? According to the A&E doctor, I can begin training once my sinus clears itself of its pooled blood.
6) My skin is still not ready for the water, so I will miss many water sessions. Nevertheless, once I can hit the pool/sea, I will do as many short sessions to build up my fitness in my upper body.
7) My flexibility is compromised, in my right shoulder and fingers. Either I modify my stroke or focus on gliding and finishing the swim leg.
8) This will be my last Ironman race (ninth in four years) until early next year. I will focus the rest of this year on qualifying for the Boston Marathon (2011).
9) Last of which, should I do this race or not? I keep hearing ‘There’s always another race!’As such, it will be an interesting week ahead for me. Stay tuned.