This isn't meant to be a complaining post here, rather it's one that identifies the cause - a lack of consistent training. I've let work get in the way of most of it, and the rest has been my decision to take it easy a bit. There's nothing wrong with any of that - life happens too.
I gave it my all tonight in the pool, even though it was a bit depressing. But I've got roughly 13.5 months before IM Mont Tremblant, and roughly 7.5 months before the formal training plan starts. So I've got a nice, "relaxed" base building block of 6 months before things get "serious." And I would like to make the most of it.
I'm starting to see this time as "Phase 0" that can get things off to the right foot. And for that to happen, I need to get consistent. Nothing too big, nothing too intense here, but just consistent activity in all facets - swims, bikes, runs, stretching and strength. For the next week or two, I'll try for 2-3 in each through the week with nothing longer than an hour. And in a week or two, I'll examine how I feel, and perhaps see if I can do some self-testing to benchmark how I'm doing after that.