My Ironman Journey – Take 2 – Getting Race Ready

The sting of not finishing Ironman MTTB 2013 lingered for a couple weeks. It was the end of the work day and my friend and colleague looked and me and said “Amanda, you just look so sad!” I was sad, I was heartbroken and devasted. I went home and wrote my race blog post and then finished the night off with a hot yoga class to sweat it out. I felt fantastic after and both were just what I needed.

I was officially diagnosed with Osteoarthritis during the off-season and had my first round of Durolane injections. I spent the next few weeks recovering and planning my attack for the upcoming season. It was at the same time, something special happened; that’s when JC decided to drink the kool-aid and sign up for Ironman too!

I spent the winter in base training and things really started to pick up around the end of February, early March. I had planned to run Around the Bay 30k and logged my personal record on the hamster wheel with a 23 km run but with having only done three outdoor runs all winter, I decided to call it quits on the race. ATB wasn’t my A race and I wasn’t about to risk any injuries for it and decided to focus on the Mississauga Half Marathon.

Training was in full swing now and the weather was finally getting warm enough to get outside on the road. The Mississauga Half came up quick and before I knew it, it was my first race of the season. Being one of my favorite routes, this was my third year in a row and I was looking to get a new PB. The race started out pretty good and I was feeling confident, but I also knew this time around was very different than the year before. I started feeling my knees giving me grief as I made it up the big hill on Mississauga Road and all the uphills after that were a challenge and what I didn’t realize at the time, was that my injections had worn out.

After Mississauga, I went and got my second round of injections. The timing worked out perfectly for my teammates long ride. Being bench gave me the opportunity to give back a little teammate love as I played sag wagon. It was a chilly morning so met them at the half-way point where they refueled with food and chicken broth.

SAG wagon!
SAG wagon!

Soon after, I was back in the thick of things and training daily. I was working with a different coach as I had to be really mindful of my knees this time around. It was a three-week building program and I was only running twice a week as we were trying to save my knees.

My first Tri of the year was the Guelph Olympic and I was ready for it, or so I thought! I had a decent race, it was my first race back on the Tri scene and I wanted to do well but I also just wanted to get another race under my belt before going into another Ironman distance race. The weather was warm and my big lesson learned that day was hydration and fuel! It was warmer than I expected and I hadn’t properly fueled during the bike in preparation for the run and I felt it big time. All in all it felt good to get back into a triathlon, but it wasn’t my best day. That’s part of racing though as you never really know how it’s going to go on race day. All you can really do is show up as ready as possible and give it all you got!

Pre-race Guelph Olympic 2014
Pre-race Guelph Olympic 2014