I haven't really written much about my training or the going-on's of Ryan, and it's time for a long overdue update. These last few months I've been really focused on one race in Texas, and have turned my training up a notch. It all began last October, while I was still in crutches and started a muscle stripping diet from the Core Diet peeps. The whole idea is that even when I get to about 7-8% body fat I still have excessive muscle that keeps my weight up. For some sports, this would be great, but in triathlon, I'm just carrying extra bulk. This was NOT fun at all. Basically, I ate nothing but fruits & veggies all day w/ a small piece of chicken for protein at night. All with a 1000 calorie per day deficit! Yuck!! Did this for 2 weeks, then a week I normal eating, then one more week of the caloric deficit.
It sucked, but worked. I ended up dropping about 7 pounds at the same percentage of body weight without losing power on the bike and increased my speed on the run!!
Last September, I tore my plantar fascia in my right foot, and basically had to start running all over again. I spent many hours aqua jogging in the deep end of the pool-this really sucks and is amazingly boring. Sometimes I'd be lucky enough to be there at the same time the diving team was practicing for entertainment, but most if the time it was just me...moving around in the water.
While the foot was healing, I was also spending many hours each week at ISU physical therapy and sport rehab clinic. They worked on my foot and other soft tissue issues that I had and even though it was rehab, I looked forward to visiting them and getting "feel goods" (massage and manipulations) but not so much the balancing and other exercises.
As far as training goes, things have been going great!! Not only have I really focused on training, but also the other factors: sleep, recovery, daily nutrition, hydration, etc. Sponsors like Norma Tec, PowerBar, Compex, & Biotta Juices really help in this area and i thank you!! This has led to improvements in all 3 disciplines and allowed me to reach a training volume peak right at about 30hours per week. Talk about some durability.
These are some of just many sacrifices that I made. The time away from family and friends was pretty great, and I thank each of you for putting up with some of my crazy behavior; the countless "we'll do that after Texas", and toasting your beer with my water glass (ya-total party foul and embarrassing). Without your love, encouragement, patience, understanding, and forgiveness this wouldn't be possible-thank you friends & family!!!