After the Dutch WCH we flew back to Hungary where I spent the next good two weeks. I first thought I wasn't going to be able to train properly but having my bike with me, a borrowed car and access to an outdoor pool made all the difference. I followed my coach's workouts almost to the dot and got the most out of the hot Hungarian summer days.
Back when I was "just a runner" I ran all those trails that I discovered again from two wheels. Visited some really cool places and rode on trails where I have only ran before. I found some paths in much worse shape than they used to be and discovered some new ones as well. Except two occasion I ran exclusively on trails. The two runs on asphalt were painful and long. Niki took me out to swim with the swim team at Salgotarjan's only outdoor pool. The first week we swam before they opened for the public but had to swim after all the patrons exited on the second week. Received some positive feedback in my swim and some advice on how to correct what can be corrected. Too bad I didn't swim more when I was a kid or even biked. The possibilities are about endless when you have a good background in either one of the three disciplines. Sure I have been running since I was 13 but I wish I didn't listen to all my coaches and did biking and swimming on the side even part of cross training or as corrective exrcises.
I got some cold in the first half of my stay in Hungary. I always do. Not sure if it's the climate change, the air quality, the more people smoking or the long flight, jet lag and exhaustion. It may have been already lingering in me at the Worlds and could have contributed to my less than ideal performance. I will likely never find out. What I know is that it still bugs me and just don't want to go away.
We will leave for Canada tomorrow and highly unlikely that I will be 100% ready for this race. I will be rested at least. Not from all the traveling though. 1000 miles and 17 hours of non stop driving is still ahead of us.
XTERRA Canmore here we come!