To make a long story short, since Ironman Arizona, I:
- Took two weeks completely off by choice (that's a first)
- started to train again but the holidays and some projects at work got in the way
- got a cold
- started to train again
- got a severe stomach flu which messed up training for 2 weeks
- finally started to train again
Anyway, the third time time around training has been going well. It was a slow start as I have never had so much down time before. The first 2-3 weeks were pretty disappointing, but since then I've been feeling really strong and in a really good groove.
One of my favorite races each year is the March Madness Half Marathon in two weeks. As usual I'm signed up and looking forward to it. I'm not sure what is going to happen as I have much done much less training than usual, but I'm feeling great, so we'll see what the day brings.
Usually, I have my full race schedule planned a year or more out, but this year, I'm still figuring it out. Of course I'm focusing on Kona, but I still have to figure out want I want to do between now and then. I'll get another post up on that soon.
In other exciting news, I'll be returning to the Zoot Ultra Team for the 4th year now. I can't wait for team camp and am so fortunate to be able to continuing working with Zoot and the Ultra Team Sponsors. I was also fortunate to have another awesome opportunity this year and will be riding the brand new 2013 Ceepo Katana. After being on 5 different tri bikes in the last 6 years, I've learned the things that are really important to me (instead of the marketing and aesthetics features) and the Katana has those things. I'll also post more on this as I build the bike up.