It has been a whirlwind few weeks here with work, being laid out in bed with my sore back, the massive response to the #concussion blog post (over 140,000 views here, not including the massive amount of shares) and of course being in a house with 2 children while preparing for Christmas.
The back is slightly worrying, theres a disc issue, I’ve had it for a year but initially had an injection that solved about 75% of the issues but it never quite went away. Fast forward to post marathon and things got worse to the point where I was having to remain in bed unable to move around. I’m mobile now, but waiting to see if surgery is required to fix the ongoing issues.
Despite my moaning 2014 can only be classed as a success. 1 Marathon (I promise I’ll get the race report up soon!) and 2 Olympic triathlons along with whatever training and sub races happened too is a pretty good year. Sure the times may not have been brilliant, but I have the medals and the times are just targets for next year.
Next year is all about 1 thing. Dublin 70.3 – a half Ironman. Swim 1900 meters, Bike 53miles and then pull on the runners for a half marathon. It doesn’t really feel that daunting which may be a concern, but I will treat it with respect. In 2014 I got a bit confused as to what I was training for, a marathon or triathlon. This year is all about swim, cycle and run.
The preparation has already started and I’ll admit it is quite exciting to be starting this journey. My bike is in for a service to get it ship shape, I’m having a bike fit tomorrow to make sure everything measures out properly and works for the long hours required in the saddle and I’m taking a bit of time until January to let any other niggles, bumps and bruises settle down before I get back in the pool.
I’ve put on a little weight since Dublin marathon but I’m not that concerned, I’m looking forward to getting back out training when fit but for now, lets enjoy the time off with friends and family.
Have a good Christmas everyone, I promise I’ll get the remaining race reports up and thanks for taking the time to visit.