Even though I registered ages ago, I've been waiting to make a decision on whether or not I'm going to do the Carlsbad Tri in 2 weeks - my first ever. After my injury and subsequent surgery (plus all that time of no cycling or running) I wasn't sure if I could do it. (I'm the one who had the gruesome "straddle injury" for those who don't know/recall.)
Well, I got back on my bike this morning for the first time in 6 weeks, and while it hurt like a mo-fo, it was doable. I could only tolerate the pain for about 7 miles. But I'm getting a different saddle, and I'll get some shorts with better padding (mine are very thin). I'm pretty sure I could tough it out for 15 miles - especially in a race scenario.
My fitness isn't where I hoped it would be, but it's not bad, all things considered. I think I'll just be sure to have fresh legs and I think it'll be fine. I'll just go with the flow and adapt. Any advice or wisdom on this ("competing" with pain or an injury) would be appreciated.
SO... anyone else doing this one? cjbruin, I think you mentioned you might?