Well 2015 ended on a big note, qualifying for the 2016 OCR World Championships at the Spartan CBP Sprint and all. I continued training hard through the Holiday's making noticeable improvements. In the beginning of January I ran a 5K Trail Race and pulled 1st place in my Age Group! It was a very exciting race and felt amazing to achieve something I never would have thought possible just a few years ago.
However, I had noticed the Winter Blues kicking in and my training and nutrition were starting to slack a little. I missed the thrill of OCR that powered me through hard training sessions. And then I was knocked off my feet...
In the beginning of February I had surgery on my tongue to remove a cyst that had randomly developed. Surgery was successful, but I am still under the surgeon's care for lingering issues.
The past few months I also started dealing with unusual allergy and migraine issues. They compounded post surgery to include vision impairment and I went under quite a few tests and am honestly still in the midst of figuring it out.
So basically January tapered some desire from the usual Winter Blues. And then February hit me with medical issues that completely destroyed my training and nutrition. Side Note: Peanut-butter does not fix migraines Not even a jar in two days. I tried..
I am hopeful and doubtful that i will be returning to training soon. I have some work to do to get back to where I was in January -- and there is no chance I will be where I wanted to be for the first race of the season, a mere 7 weeks away. This is a hard thing for me to cope with, especially after pouring so much hard work and effort into November and December.
The 2016 season will be my Elite debut. I refuse to alter this at this point due to some training holdups. My goal for the year is set for the 2016 OCR World Championships in October, and everything I do from now until then is being carefully calculated to have me in peak performance on that day. So I am trying to focus on getting healthy and back to training. This isn't where I wanted to be, but it is where I am and I need to make the best of it.