Three weeks today I’m in theory racing the Auckland 70.3 half-Ironman. My training for the race has been less than ideal. First I blew myself up in Honiara running two weeks ago. Then last Sunday at the end of an 80 km ride I was knocked off my bike and smashed my shoulder. The road rash has largely healed but I’ve had a bit of a sore back and my shoulder is not very mobile. No swimming for now but managed two short runs and a 50 km ride this week.
I was feeling somewhat better today decided to do a long ride. Where we live there is an excellent 80 mile/128 km circuit over the Spooner mountain range and then along the Motueka river before returning along the coast. Managed to do it at just under race pace but my body has a bit of a way to go before I’m fully healed, or ready to race. Guess I’ll just have to recalibrate my goal for the Auckland 70.3 down even further. I never expected a stellar race, arriving from the USA 24 h before the start, but with such a sub-optimal preparation just finishing will have to be enough!