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After more than five months of training for one specific race, I'm
fairly disappointed I won't be racing Kansas 70.3. My knee issues just
aren't getting any better. In fact, it's gotten worse. It has been
really tough to train over the past week or so, mainly because I kinda
knew I had to make this decision. I worked extremely hard to get to
where I am and now it feels like I failed myself a bit.

I know injuries are part of life, especially running, but it sucks to have to
deal with a different injury each year. I only started running 15
months ago and I've already been sidelined for nearly half of that.
Sure I can run/walk a 5k here and there, but I could do that within my
first month of running.

My new goal is the Harvest Moon long course triathlon in Aurora. It's the same distance as a half-ironman,
just without the corporate sponsorship. It's also not until September,
which means I have another four months of training. Yes, I'll be in
ridiculous shape and assuming I get over this injury, I'll be faster
than I would be in a couple weeks. I just really wish I could do Kansas.

Three of my friends are doing Kansas 70.3 and at least two of them started
training for the race because I was doing it too. It's pretty
disappointing knowing they'll be out there suffering through 6+ hours
of a race, while I'm not. I still haven't decided if I'm going to go
with to support them. I want to, but I know I'll just wish I was racing.

Either way, I'm heading to a doctor soon and I'm going to get my knee scanned
to find out what really is the issue. It's apparently not my IT Band,
so at this point, it's not as easy fix. Last time I hit up the doctor,
it cost me $500 and he didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
I'm hoping this isn't the same case.

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Comment by Pikes Peak Sports on May 18, 2010 at 6:47am
Keep your head up Cory. Your best days and your best races are ahead of you!
Comment by Scott Carmack on May 17, 2010 at 10:22pm
Cory, hope you can take this disappointment and turn it into a motivator for your recovery. It's better to be on the safe side when it comes to knees and Harvest Moon will be here before you know it. Hope to see you around and ditto to the Chi Running style. I'm still learning it too.
Comment by Brian McCarrie on May 17, 2010 at 9:57pm
Hey Cory, this book really helped me with injuries. http://www.chirunning.com/shop/home.php Checked it out of the library.

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