This season was mentally hard, they off season was going well, improved all around and after the first 70.3 race of the year, a little pain to my Achilles tendon turning into an injuries slowed me down greatly. I had to shorten mileage, reduce intensity and take many days off to help decreasing inflammation. With intensive physio treatment, ultrasounds, massages, etc I managed to get back on track. Finishing the 70.3 season with 2 amazing race. Since those 2 races I had planned to participate into multiple training race (duathlon, run, etc) but I decided to cancel them all and focus on Ironman Cozumel only. This aloud me to take 2 weeks completely off which was much needed.
In the last few months I change many things, changed coach, changed diet and a changed training plan. The results are very promising. My FTP has increased, I have lost almost 15 lbs and my run race has increased. In my case losing weight has become very difficult since I don't have a lot of body fat, but my upper body is very muscular. Over the last 2 years I have changed coach 3 times, the first coach had me doing alot of crossfit, but the workout weren't specific to Ironman training and my muscle mass had gain. I stuck to this program because I believed in this coach and give it a real try but after I moved to a different city this coach abandoned me and I was left alone in the middle of race season. For months I did it on my own and finally got another coach. During the off season the gain was enormous but due to the injury the results weren't as expected and the deal was off. So after a training camp in Mt-Tremblant, I got a new coach who is acting more like a mentor, showing me how to modify my training/diet in order to reach the gain I want and lose the weight I need for optimal results.
Now there is a little less that 2 months from IM Cozumel, the training is going very well, the Achilles pain has disappeared and I have the tools I need to move up to the next level.
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