the rest of the weekend was pretty nice too. i had a blast spectating at the Encinitas triathlon (which i was supposed to race) but i was just as fulfilled cruising around on my bike and cheering on lots of friends, especially kirsten, who completed her first triathlon. i also made it out the the Borrego Springs desert for some heat and wind training with the Breakaway Training crew. I was super lucky to have Kathy and Joe to ride with (i.e. tow me along through the wind) and was quite happy to look down at my bike computer 56 miles in to see that I had been riding less than 3 hours. this was a big little moment for me becuase last year, in my first/only half ironman, i biked 3:00:13 just missing that three hour barrier. so, even though i was drafting in Borrego, i wasn't racing and wasn't all geared out and i just really feel like i've come a long way. i know there are MILES to go, but for me, that was a really big smile.
james' good friend from growing up was in town and it was really great to meet some of james' east coast people. ryan and sarah came in town too and we had a full house! good times.
on the injury front-
so work is quite nuts and i am knocking out my VERY LAST WEEK of 4 long years of grad school..this sunday (pending a couple last assignments :)) (Funny, at my Master's graduation exactly 2 years ago, i was on crutches! i need to dig out those pictures). with all this going on, i've been fitting in doctors appointments and ART and trying to figure this hipper out. my lovely insurance decided that i needed to see a couple dotors and get x-rays and all kinds of stuff before approving an MRI, but i'm finally getting in there tomorrow. muscular things (strains, pulls, etc) have been pretty much ruled out.. could be a pelvis or femur stress fracture, but also maybe just a stress "reaction" that could heal much quicker. i already feel much better- my leg isn't screaming when i walk at all, but i definitely haven't run (its been almost a month!)
so, the "best shape of my life" is out the window for the honu 70.3.. total bummer becuase i was going to crush it :). really, i was feeling great. i am sad and not totally processing it, but at this point am just praying that Honu will be the last race i'll miss this season and the season is not totally over. it might be, but i'm not even thinking about that yet until i know for sure.
i finally found an awesome orthopaedic doctor (i had some terrible experiences on the last go around w/ my hip and then arm) and that makes me happy. she didn't even make me feel stupid when i cried becuase i am going to miss running my race.
as for honu 70.3....we're still going!!! i am going to do the swim and the bike (as far as i know) and james and i are going to have fun just being together on the island. i can't wait. i'm just glad my planned race is not in kansas or somewhere thats not a destination in-and-of-itself. life is good and it will all be just fine. ok, off to finish my last piece of work for grad school!