Portland Tri is coming up on Sunday. I have struggled with motivation as of late. Which, as it turns out, was a good thing. I suffered a mild strain or sprain in my ankle at the Swim Across Suttle. I had one really good week of training since then but every time I run or bike my ankle hurts so bad I can almost not walk. The pain dies down after a few days but as soon as I exercise on it, it’s back. I don’t know how swimming effects it because I have had absolutely no interest in swimming since I finished dead last in a wetsuit-choking, rash all over my legs experience at Suttle Lake. I swam once since then. Again, a good thing.. because the swim portion of Portland Tri got canceled and the race is now a duathlon!
Willamette River is not known for clean water. But it’s tested weekly and has been safe up until this week when a thick green scum floated in. Test results were inconclusive, which is a few steps better than unsafe, but they decided not to risk it. I am so incredibly relieved. I can’t help but acknowledge God had a hand in this. Ok. Let’s not blame Him for the algae. Let’s thank him for the lack of motivation I’ve had for the water. So I had no training to go to waste :-).
Very much looking forward to being back in a climate that is more suitable for me. Humidity, please return. Sea level, I love you. This race has now eliminated the one leg I would struggle with most. Now if my ankle can hold up.. It should be ok.
I’m still planning to dress like Waldo, so stay tuned for pictures! And I am spending some time with my friend Harmony and her husband so I am super excited!
And.. What’s more? I have a $70 gift card to spend at a gear store. I won the gift card at a triathlon this weekend 2 years ago. I came in 2nd for women. I’m planning to buy a hammock! And I have a $25 gift card to use at Panera Bread that my mom gave me for Christmas. I haven’t seen a Panera since I moved to Bend! So it’s kind of exciting to have spending money without spending actual money :-)
So this Sunday I will race in my first duathlon. 1 mile run, 25 mile bike, 10k (6.2 mile run). Very excited.
No wetsuit to haggle with!