The streak has officially ended. After more than a year, really since the LA Marathon in 2010, I've gotten sick again. It may just be a cold, allergies, or as bad as an upper respiratory infection. I can't tell yet. Eyes are heavy, body is hot then cold, throat is on fire and muscles and joints are still achey.
If it had to happen, I'd much rather it be now than immediately before Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
Nonetheless, I do NOT believe coming down with something just before race day affected my Wildflower performance. Poor decisions were to blame far more than a scratchy throat. The real question now is how do I recover? Do I try to work in a few workouts lightly and keep some semblance of fitness? I realize that any illness from the neck up is generally something you can train through. But is that the case immediately after a half-Ironman event? The toughest one in the country no less? I honestly don't know. I was supposed to do yoga or strength training today and I'm basically stretching for 30 minutes and calling it a night. We'll see how tomorrow goes.
Really, that's all you can do in triathlon. Today is over. Yesterday never happened. Tomorrow is all that matters.
Otherwise I think it's even harder to get out of bed to train, whether your body hurts or your psyche.
55 days and counting.
PS: THANK GOODNESS I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR IRONMAN ST. GEORGE!!!! (Maybe that's the wisest decision I've made all year? Stick to the plan.)