September has come and gone in a flash!
I have been leading an Über-Type-A lifestyle: working up to 70 hours a week in a startup company and training 15-25 hours a week for Ironman Hawaii.
This month, I raced with my adventure racing team at the 24 Hour Kit Carson Adventure Race in Reno, Nevada. It was a spectacular course which took us through some amazing single track near Lake Tahoe. For once, the race weighed heavily on mountain biking instead of trekking, which was a nice change for me. I thought that I would be the weak link during the mountain bike ascents – but it turns out, this was my strongpoint during the race. I am not a fearless downhill mountain biker, however, and tended to ride the brakes on many of the descents.
Ironically, however, it is rarely during such obviously risky activities that I end up crashing or falling. During the hiking section of the race, I tripped in some tall grass and did a nice tumble to the ground at semi-high speed. Then, next weekend, I was riding my bike on the safest, flattest paved trail imaginable – and ended up having one of my most dramatic bike crashes ever. I flipped 180 degrees in the air at 20 mph and landed on my head and back on some sharp rocks near a canal. I always wear a helmet, which, once again, saved my life. Somehow, I got my battered and bleeding body back home and took it easy for the rest of the day.
I don’t know how I can get up and walk away from some of the tumbles I take – but, I manage to not get injured very easily. Perhaps being pro-active with massage helps, along with the shear volume of activity I do.
In any case, I do have some lingering back stiffness, which I am trying to self-treat with my Human Touch massage chair.
Now – I am into my taper time for Ironman Hawaii.
At work, we are ramping up for production launch of our energy storage products. It is very exciting and demanding work, but I find myself putting in 12 hour days on a regular basis. I’ve stopped driving my car and mainly commute to work by running or biking, which helps me get my training in on top of such hours.
Whew! Life is crazy! I don’t imagine October will be any less hectic!
A manufacturing engineer by trade, turned triathlete and adventure race competitor, Iona Mackenzie has built a reputation as one of the toughest competitors on the circuit. She has been dubbed the “Queen of the Machine,” for her machine like ability to overcome physical pain during races.
“Our bodies are the vessels which house our souls, hearts and minds. They are here for us to live through, not just to hang clothes on. Play hard, work solid, eat well – and REST. For me, that’s the quickest recipe to happiness.” - Iona MacKenzie