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Another day in Paradise

My personal blog about my life and especially my way back to compete in an Ironman Race

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Quite a pity, I couldn't finish the race, yesterday due to being so risky with the inlays... I went for a completely normal run, today and swam as if there had been no yesterday. I really think after these 7 years - the first ones without training due to the state of my knee - I am recovered and healed enough to get involved a bit more again with triathlon. Feel much better now as I am moving again and will try to keep that up : ) - racing in the age group as well is much less stress than as a pro I experienced yesterday, in the end more enjoyable. So... there is more to come! Next up is the relay in Roth, I'll run the marathon. Although easy because it's not a relay with a time goal, rather the goal to finish it and have fun. Then... well I have some plans growing in my head I didn't think they would come up before that race yesterday. Will keep posting...

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Happy Anyway

Well. In Germany we put it like this: Experience does not protect from being dumb every now and then. I was really happy with the Ironman Lanzarote Race today until after the bike portion. Always with the brakes on because I did not race in 7 years and didn't quite have the preparation I used to have I put on my running shoes with almost no pain anywhere and feeling realy comfy and happy. Starting the run felt very smooth from the first meters, something that's unusual for me but OK when you're saving some energy on the previous disciplines it makes things a lot easier. After about 4km intoo the run my feet started to hurt like hell. I should have put my inlays.... impossible to run like that. So I decided to call it a day. 
Wrap up: Really, really happy with my knee today, almost no pain noticeable - what a change from not being able to climb stairs without a horrible pain to compete in an Ironman Race without too much trouble! Happy to have raced after such a long time and I can hold up pretty well with my age "groupies" ( I think I was first of the bike) without too much preparation still, and usually running is my strength : ) Not so happy with having to quit because I waasn't very smart. 
95% happy anyway, enjoyed race day a lot today!!

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update overdue !

Well - the past 2 weeks I have been able to slowly recover the lost grounds from the injury, but running still feels quite weird and slow after the long pause. I managed to run longer distances though and am pretty sure now I should be able to finish the Ironman Lanzarote "somehow" should nothing unforeseen happen. 3x20km and 2x30km over the past 2 weeks - of vourse with some decent pain in the quads mainly but happy to be back running for good. In the later stages of such distances I can really feel my knee again, but it is probably at a level that is "normal" for my age group now ! : ) Cycling - have done little because I needed to get back into running first, like 180-200km a week in sum, but frequently at race pace which should make up for the small mileage, today's ride was good on an out-and back route with some ups and downs and the usual winds of the island I managed to time-trial 41km in one hour, first time I feel almost like "when I was young". Swimming... OK I am happy it is not the most important part of it !!! So yes, things are OK and I am looking forward to race week now !!!

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It is a bit more than a week now, that I "can run again". It is still not very "funny", but it is getting better by the day. So the big test will be this weekend, I will try to run at least 25km and see if the legs can cope with it, at least running slowly... it is always quite difficult to start over again with running, other than cycling which is not so "muscularly demanding". Ran 4x 10-11km now and this distance at least is feeling Ok although still not like before. 

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back in the game?

phew... in the end it turns out that it has simply been "blockages" and "disbalances" that caused my trouble and over a month without running. I am back running after 2 ostheopatic treatments althougn very gentle at the moment - but I will have 3 weeks time to train running as well before the Ironman Lanzarote if things stay like they are now :) ran 4x this week, 25min going a little longer every time and today 11km, all at very easy pace and very focused on staying in balance with the spine, hips, legs but... it kind of works at least. Will probably end up doing the slowest ever of my Ironman marathons but chances are I can finish the race completely and do not have to stop after the bike portion. Next week I am on holidays : ) and will train properly !!

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