Saturday, March 15, 2008

Disappointments and silver linings

Unfortunately I was unable to finish the Tagaman Triathlon here in Saipan. I started the race, and it was going well, 3rd out of the water after the first lap of the swim. Upon running onto the shore and around the cones, I felt my left calf and hamstring grab. I knew right then, the race would be short for me. I walked back into the water for the second lap and finished the swim, but it would a lonely, frustrated lap for me, as I came to terms with the reality of my situation.

With Ironman Arizona only 4 weeks away, I know I am in for trouble, as it will be very difficult to heal, train and taper properly. I have discussed things with Joe, and we both agree there is too little time to heal and still be ready to go at IMAZ.

I am bummed about this, but I know this brings new opportunities, especially the chance to do well at Ironman Coeur d'Alene, which I did last year. I feel this race provides me the best chance now to qualify for Kona, and be ready in time to still do well on the Big Island.

I love the community of CDA, and will come prepared to do my best!

I am now going to take about 4-5 days off entirely from running and biking, and focus on therapy. The trip to Saipan has been nothing short of AMAZING, and I would highly encourage everyone to visit this island and do these races. WHAT A PLACE!

Vance

4 comments:

ramon said...

Jim, Sorry to hear about your calf pal. We all know that injuries are part of the game. I know it was a tough call for you but you'll be back stronger now for IMCDA. Heal well. Later

Zippy said...

Bummer about your injury. I'm sure you'll heal quickly and your fitness going into CDA will be amazing.

Blake Becker said...

Sorry to hear about your bad luck Jim! Heal up and hope to see you soon!

Blake

Wood Family said...

Great to meet you Jim. Enjoyed helping you with your Corona therapy. Looking forward to reading about your next IM WIN!!

Vinny from Guam