This time next week I will be writing from my living room couch back in Toronto. We are in our last few days of our time down south and I feel like I only scratched the surface of all the things I wanted to see and do. 8 weeks seems like a long time but in the grand scheme of things, it isn't really. Throw in a week of training camp + a week with a guest for said training camp and time flies quickly. That being said, I had a BLAST these last 8 weeks. I went to Disney, we hosted some USAT athletes, toured around the Gulf Coast, met some internet friends, ran my first triathlon camp and rode my bike A LOT. As of today, I've ridden a total of 1,775km during my time here and I still have 4 days left. I've averaged over 200km a week on 2 wheels. Suffice to say my running and swimming have suffered a little bit. But I figured they would when the riding here is SO good and all I want to do is be out on my bike. I will be doing an FTP test as soon as we're back to see how much I've improved and if my Garmin head unit is accurate in it's predictions.
|Selfie at the Leafs / Lighting Game in Tampa. The Leafs blew a 3-1 lead and lost 4-3. Still a good game though!|
|The old pier at Anna Maria Island|
|IG / FB meets in IRL: Alison a.k.a Racing Tales and I met up for a hilly ride.|
I am very sad to be leaving. I love it here. That's not to say I hate Toronto, because I don't. It's just different here. The pace of life is much slower and I generally feel much more relaxed. Seeing the sunshine every day probably helps with that immensely. That and the fact that EVERYONE here is so friendly. All that being said, it will be good to be home and back into the land of our regular health care providers. Both G and I have beaten ourselves up pretty well. Even though Clermont is touted as a great training place, they don't have the sports therapist staff to back it up. We found a great RMT but there isn't anyone in the area that practices ART or FST. We'd have to go to Orlando for that. It's mainly because the athletic population is actually quite transient. People come in to train from January to the end of April and then they go back to where ever home may be. Clermont is growing at a rapid rate as evidenced by all the new homes that have appeared over the last year but it is a suburb, so it's attracting a lot of young families. The demand for the athletic care just isn't there yet. But perhaps it will get there down the road. I'm pretty surprised that I've managed to hold up to the volume. Things are just starting to get cranky and sore, probably because I had a 3 week period where I hardly did any of my physio exercises (sorry Lauren!) Life happened and I fell off the wagon. But I'm back on it now. I'm still going to need some good old fashioned manual therapy when I get back to get me back to 100%.
Even thought I'm sad to be leaving Florida, I do have some fun things lined up for when I get back home. I will be leading a free run clinic for beginners at Lole Yorkville on April 18th. I've also signed up to do a cycling skills workshop on April 7th, which will be really helpful in improving my bike handling skills and passing along those skills to others. And, on the really fun side of things, I'm going to see Franz Ferdinand on April 8th. I'm shining up the dancing shoes already!
And PKPC athletes, keep your eyes peeled for an email from me in regards to a new partnership with Xact nutrition. It's all about helping you guys #fuelyourgoals 😀
Catch you all back in The Six....
~ Coach PK