Racing into Shape Part III: Revenge of the Half

Everything was good to go heading into the White Lake Half.  I ran a little Wednesday morning, but after that, it was just rest.  Unlike the week before Belews, my calves were behaving…until Friday evening.  My right calve starting feeling odd.  I think the official medical term is “it doesn’t feel right-entitis”.  How can it act up when I hadn’t done anything to stress the muscles?  It was still the same race morning.  While putting my right leg into the wetsuit, it started to cramp.  In my mind, many curse words were thought.  If just putting on my wetsuit can bring about cramps, just wait until I hop in the water.  But good news!  The swim was cramp free, although I was very mindful to not twist or flex my feet in odd ways that could trigger an occurrence.

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Racing into Shape Part II: Attack of the Calves

Going into my first triathlon of the year, I had one main concern, which was the swim.  I have been travelling a whole lot this year (yay for me, I am now have gold elite status at the Holiday Inn chains), so my swim training volume and consistency has been horrible.  I think I was out of town for 10 of the 14 days before the race, so pool time has been at a minimum, which always worries me about leg cramping.  If I’m going to cramp, I want to be on solid ground.

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