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Here is a conversation that I hear all the time about 70.3 Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon in Lubbock, TX.
Athlete: When is your next race?
Me: In 1.5 weeks. 70.3 IM in Lubbock.
Athlete: OH MY GOD. You are doing Lubbock?
Me: Yeah. Why not? It’s a great race.
Athlete: It’s hot. It’s hilly. It’s Lubbock.
Me: Oh, have you done that one?
Athlete: No that is what I have heard
Me: So, you have never done Lubbock but you are listening to someone else fears about the course?
In 2001, I wanted to do an Ironman 70.3 and back then, it wasn’t event called Ironman 70.3! I saw one in Texas. Signed up for it! Yes, it was Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon. I had NO IDEA of what I was getting into and honestly didn’t know how challenging the course really was. But, I knew I wanted to do a half Ironman before my full Ironman (IM-WI in September 2002). I chatted with my coach at the time and we discussed things about Lubbock:
What I knew about Ironman 70.3 in Lubbock:
After the Ironman World Championship, I was on cloud 9. I felt AMAZING and felt like I could have done anything and everything. As time was moving on from October 14th, I started working out again but I wasn’t doing your typical swim, bike and run. I went to The Tribe in San Antonio, along with going to Inferno Pilates at the Union, eating extra cookies and gaining a little bit of weight. You know doing the things that you should be doing off season. It was AWESOME.
I started noticing my lower back was bothering me, which it has off and on for years.
Our Christmas Vacation to Florida was a success but coming home (December 29th), I decided to twist and lift my luggage. #notrecommended.
Let’s look at the timeline:
December 29th: I laid down that day for a bit, took some Aleve and fell asleep. I woke up. I was in pain and I couldn’t move.
January 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th: Went to Stratton Sports and was hurting. Bad.
January 8th: I tried to swim but I felt this pain in my back to my neck. That isn’t right. January 9th: I woke up crying. It hurt so bad. I had a business to run. I had to drive up to Austin that day. AWFUL!
January 10th: Doctor’s appointment with Dr. Saenz at San Antonio Sports Medicine Associates
January 12th: Three Bulging Discs…dose of steroids and three months of PT!