It's almost been two weeks since the half Ironman. I am in a typical place. My heart doesn't want this year to be over. My body wants this year to be over. My mind is torn between two lovers.
I guess one of the good things about not having October and November races is that I don't have to struggle to find time and get games to referee. I pulled a full load last Sunday, one 90 minute line, then two 90 minute centers, all adults. It made for a long day. My legs held up surprisingly well, although they were pretty sore the next day.
Wednesday, I managed to ease back into running. Nothing structured, mind you. I thought thirty minutes at whatever pace I could take was a good idea. I managed almost two and a half miles, but I walked a lot of the hills and was happy with that. I told myself that time and HR really just have no meaning right now, and they won't for a while. Competitiveness, even with myself, is out!
My legs felt really good Thursday. I decided to sneak in another run during Matthew's soccer practice. Again, nothing spectacular, but I felt like adding an extra mile mile or so. I ran in my Zoots. They need more mileage. It probably wasn't a great idea, as they have very little padding.
On the triathlon front, I am reading my book on nutrition. I really want to focus on an endurance athlete's diet, geared to the 175lb person, and work hard on getting my weight down closer to where it should. Baby steps first!! First order of business is focusing on daily hydration. According to the manual, I need to drink 8 oz of water per hour all day long, more when I exercise. I've got a lot to learn.
After I finish reading my nutrition book, its back to strength training with Tri Power. The workouts and periodization outlined in this book should help me through the winter training months.
Dee Dee has chosen her first Ironman 70.3!! The winner? Ironman Branson 70.3! It looks like, come September of next year, Dee Dee and I will be making a little trip to Mizzou. Never been there, and I'm really looking forward to it.
As for myself, I'm looking at the Rev3 triathlon in Knoxville in May, Callaway Gardens in June, maybe Chattanooga again this year, and wrapping up the year at Ironman Miami 70.3, if I can get registered in time.
That's the tentative plan for next year. Nothing like a little excitement to keep on motivated!
Have a great weekend, y'all!