I'm long overdue for an update, so here we go.
I took 8 days off completely after Clearwater. I spent my time catching up with friends I hadn't seen for a while and generally being lazy. It's amazing how irritable I became without any exercise. I was constantly on edge and frankly didn't like it. But that's okay. My body needed it. The next two weeks were spent piddling around with workouts and just doing day-to-day singles. I only ran once, as my quads were still not cooperating after Clearwater.
The past 2 weeks have been pretty solid. I'm gradually increasing my training. My philosophy is one of patience right now. I don't feel the need to bump up my training too far beyond levels I've seen in the past. That's for late January and February. My swimming yardage is increasing and I've been getting in 4 swims per week. I'm hoping to bump that up to 5 in January. I'd like to do 3-4 runs and 2-3 days on the trainer. The volume will increase gradually.
This week I'm at 15,000 yards in the pool, 3 hours on the trainer, and 32 miles of running. Not a good cycling week, but I was at home for the holidays Wed-Sat and didn't have my trainer. Last week I did a 1500 time trial swim just over 20:00. I'm happy to report that my running legs are coming back. And most importantly, I'm where I want to be mentally.