Due to a stress fracture in my right foot the rest of my season has been put on hold. This is what I have been up to since Rev3 Portland.
Rev3 Portland- I raced in Rev 3 Portland. (can't wait to race more Rev 3 events) This is where I first noticed something was wrong in my foot.
Road trip- Immediately after the race I hopped on a plane and flew to Denver. My Girlfriend just recently moved from Denver to Spokane. So We took a pretty cool (fast) 18 hour road trip driving her car and some belongings up to Spokane. There were some places along the route that I defiantly want to go back and visit some day.
Work Trip- Two days after getting home from my road trip, I had an amazing opportunity through work to go and attend the inaugural Dendoshi Brand development even't that Mizuno running North America put on. The conference was held on the Lake Lanier Island resort in Georgia, and was a beautiful location. It was 3 days packed full of meetings but I learned a lot of things at this event and am very glad I went. You also can't beat a Free trip (thank you Mizuno). Mizuno is a company that is very passionate about what they do. They are also deeply tied and loyal to their history as a company(mizuno is 106 years old by the way). They are always learning from successes and failures they have had as a company to continue to improve their products.
The Lake- Shortly after the Mizuno trip I headed up to our family lake Cabin at Priest lake to really just enjoy the summer, and also enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with my family. Most Summers I skip family trips and vacations because I can't miss the training time. But since an injury was forcing some time off I loved the opportunity to hang out at the lake.
Painting the house- My parents started a project this summer of painting their house, and we all were wondering how to paint the high parts. After some thought I came up with a plan and it worked. Luckily OSHA did not drive by :) .
New on the North side!- Most people already know this but a new Runners Soul has opened on the north side of Spokane. When I wasn't painting the house the other place I could be found was setting up and working at the new store. If you have not stopped by come check out or new location (10208 N. Division). It is going to be pretty sweet!
Watching some races- Spokane has some pretty cool events. Two recent ones that I watched/worked at are the Troika half iron(we will call it a 74.6 :) ), and the hot summer nights 5k series. Troika rocked this year! There was a stacked field of local athletes that really raced hard and created a great race to watch. It was fun to follow the race all day on my bike and watch things unfold. Congrats to Troy Nelson for running away with the win.
The next race I worked at was the Hot summer nights 5k series. If you are looking for a race that is cheap ($5 you can't get much cheaper), and a blast you really should come out for the last race of the series this next Wednesday. Did I mention the insane amount of prizes that are given away. Robyn wanted to do something a little more than just standing on the corner and telling people which way to turn, So we decided to add a little sound to our corner with some Kriss Kross and salt and pepper pumping people along. It took me awhile to figure out how to mount a 90's boom box to the back of my tandem, but I got it and we had fun.
Mt. Spokane Hill climb- I wanted to do this race after I knew I couldn't run. But as the summer unfolded I rode a lot less than planned. It was the night before this race and I had mentally backed out due to the fact that I had not ridden a bike for two weeks. Luckily my neighbor called me and talked me back into it (I owe him one). All I can say is that hill climbs Hurt!! I had fun though. I have never held my heart rate that high for that long. My average heart rate was 193BPM for 53min. I added some data from the day. If you want the direct link here it is. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/106656494
Whats next?- Although this season did not go as planned, I still feel very blessed to live the life I do and have the opportunities that I have. I will be continuing school here in September. So for now the plan is to work as much as I can and save up money for next season. I also want to find a coach. Every year at this time I set out on the hunt for a coach and end up deciding to coach myself again. I don't want that to happen again. So for now the goal is to find the right coach at the right price. The rest of the summer will be filled with mainly work and starting structured training again. This time off has made me anxious to get back at it.
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