My Knee Hurts Real Bad

Welp, in case you missed it, something is wrong with my knee. As I shared in my race report, during Ironman New Zealand, around mile 11, my knee flared up really bad. I tried my best to ignore the pain and finished out the race. It was hurting for about a week after the race but gradually subsided. Thought it had healed itself and that all was good until I went for my first work out after the Ironman. The same thing happened again, but about 5 miles into the run. No bueno. So I am getting it taken care of ASAP to see what is going on and how I can fix it. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions for places to go. I am sure I will be in good hands no matter where I decide to go.

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After Wildflower last year. Don’t be fooled by that smile on my face, I was just happy to be done.

After some chatting with my coach, my next race is going to be Wildflower. They call it the Woodstock of triathlons. You drive out into the middle of nowhere in Lake San Antonio, camp overnight, try to grab some shut eye while some spectators party their brains out and then wake up and race the next day. I did this race last year and almost dropped out. It was one of the most mentally challenging races I have ever done. It gets REALLY hot and there is about 4,000 feet of climbing on the bike course. It is considered to be one of the hardest half Ironmans in the country. I will sure as heck be looking for some revenge and redemption.

ImageHere is a much more accurate portrayal of how the race actually was.

However, there has been a slight change on the Wildflower course this year. Since California has been suffering from a major drought, the lake level is so low that we can’t even swim in it. So we will be swimming in a river, running 2.2 miles back to transition, doing the bike course, and then finishing out the rest of the half marathon with the 2.2 miles subtracted. It’s going to be interesting but I think this may work to my advantage since I am a stronger swimmer and a decent runner. It will allow me to put some more distance between me and some of the competition who are faster on bikes. And chick some people in the process. Always a good thing!

Coming up this weekend are a lot of races with people I know so I want to give some shout outs:

The original BP will be racing at Ironman Los Cabos and going for the Kona dream! Wish you the best of luck BP!!!! You have been putting in the time for this, you have the passion and just remember to dig deep. You can do it!

My fellow National Champ buddy Chad will be competing at Oceanside. He’s been training with Craig Upton lately and I think it’s going to show at this race. Good luck!

And tons of people will be competing at Lavaman, including a bunch of my past Team in Training teammates and coaches. Wish you all the best of luck! This race last year is where I really fell in love with triathlons. Have fun out there and enjoy the ride! Wish I could be there with you all, it just wasn’t in the cards this year.

Good luck to everyone else who is competing this weekend! May the wind be at your back and tri fortune on your side!

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