Obviously, I haven't blogged in some time. It's not that I haven't had anything to say (believe me, I have), I just haven't gotten to doing it. Unfortunately, it's a common theme when it comes to training too. It ain't happening.
The past few months have been challenging to say the least. Physically, I took time off of running and biking for fear that it would digress from what I was doing in Physical Therapy. I was told by multiple people that that was a "good idea". So, replace training (read: something I enjoy) with the stress of not being able to do so, the stress of wondering WTH is wrong with me (I never completely bought into "the theory"), and an increase of work stress led to me being one not-so-happy-little-camper. To go from the epicness of RAAM to nothing was borderline depressing honestly (btw, this recent post was written completely sarcastic, if you didn't 'get' it). Assuming that most (ie. 2 of the 3) of you who read this blog treat these athletic excursions as big things in your life, you can probably understand the situation sucked. I mean, really sucked.
But enough of the public blogospherical wound licking.
The time off was actually good (good call, Evan) from a "big picture" perspective. There were some life lessons to be learned, most of which were painful. I have looked back over my season, and realized what worked (Chuckie), what didn't (my lack of defined goals and motivation/inspiration), and what needs to be worked on (stretching, strength conditioning) - but, thats a topic for a different post.
Physical therapy is officially done after 24 sessions, and I am walking away feeling like it was a step in the right direction, but not the end-all-be-all. ART was good, but had diminishing returns with successive appointments. I did recently start acupuncture with a local guy who used to be a professional cyclist (gotta love doctors who "get it") and who has worked on numerous professional athletes. The acupuncture actually includes electric stimulation (yes, electricity running through needles that are 3 inches deep!) to help with muscle firing. Basically, I am surrounding myself with a group of advisors (See rule #2) to get me back to where I need to be - which is on the bike! The acupuncture seems to be helping in a subtle, but hard to describe way. One thing is for certain, it's hard not to fall asleep on that table!
One thing is certain though. I have been gettin' fired up about training again after some time off and getting on the right path. After watching Ironman Arizona and Jordan Rapp come back from massive adversity and Sonja run down her competition to win her AG - it lit a nice little fire under me. That, and the fact that I should be in Cozumel this weekend ready to throw down, but I'm not.
I'm getting fired up again, and it's a nice feeling, let me tell you!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We all have a lot to be thankful for!
Some recent pics:
Sunset during some night in August (I can't remember the significance, but it had to with the moonrise. Toby, help!):
Moonrise over north county
The casino on Catalina island (Michelle ran the eco-marathon - gnarly course w/ 6,000ft of elevation gain! I just, uh, watched, from the comfort of the beach sipping one of many bloody mary's from the weekend)