Team Mission and Vision

Terrascape is a bicycle racing club, based in Calgary, developing and supporting cycling and its moral values in the community at large.

To be recognized in the Alberta cycling community as a racing club which:
*Creates a team culture that supports each members’ goal attainment,
*Is dedicated to supporting our high performance racers, and establishing a team infrastructure that meets the training needs of the club, and
*Demonstrates commitment to the organization of superb cycling events, promoting fair play and sportsmanship throughout Alberta.

Friday, 11 April 2008

"Long time listener, first time caller".

tap, tap, "Is this thing on?" tap, tap. Hard to believe that this is my first ever "post" on cyberspace. Not sure if I am now considered old school as I am finidng it harder to keep up to date with the current trends in the computer or specifically the online world.

Anyway, I finally have something news worthy to write about so to speak. Straight to the point is that I will NOT be training or targeting triathlon this season but rather coming back to being a cyclist.

As many know I have been having problems with my left Achilles tendon since completing Ironman Couer d'Alene last June. Running has been the only activity to aggravate the tendon and has not allowed me to run pain free for sometime now. In January I under went some injection therapy (Traumeel and Zeel) on my left tendon and within three treatments I was feeling strong and was able to progress my running volume from 3km up to 11km with no ill effects.

Then one afternoon running from Talisman Centre to Sandy Beach my right Achilles started to bother me but I was still able to run without too much trouble. After returning to work and checking messages, I found that my right ankle had locked up leaving me limping the following two days. I went back to my chiropractic clinic and resumed injection therapy but now for both sides. This was in mid March and mentally I was frustrated and in a state of panic as I should have been comfortably running 3-4 times per week by now. As such I had set up a date in my mind (March 31st) as my kill date for the triathlon season.

It was a tough decision but once I made it I felt a weight of relief come off my shoulders. Thank goodness that cycling (my favorite discipline in triathlon) is not affected by this injury!! Now instead of training to endure for long periods of time at a steady pace, I now have to re-train my body and mind for the anaerobic efforts, pack riding, holding a max effort for 60minutes or less and the painful finishes of bicycle racing. I am excited!

It is also exciting to see how full the ABA calendar is this season with more races than ever. I can't wait for the Banff BikeFest in June and the Provincial ITT in Canmore where I will go under the hour again.

I am still holding out some hope that I can do a sprint or Olympic distance triathlon this season. I jumped in the pool last night with the Talisman Centre Triathlon Club and was able to complete the 2200m workout despite not having been in a pool in 5.5weeks.

Perhaps this injury is a sign for me to re-group and re-build for the 2009 season and I am now at peace with it and moving forward. I can't wait to put the hammer down on April 20th at the Crankmasters 20km ITT!

JVD

2 comments:

Mical said...

Back to being a cyclist...welcome back to the light Jack..hehe

Lev said...

Jack, with cycling it is strait forward – can’t ride, look good :-). With running? Just boring :-( See you at Apr 20 Cranks ITT.