What have I been up to post Ironman Wisconsin 2014???
Lots of recovering…While I know it is my body’s best interest to take some time off and fully recover, I’ve noticed my mental state is less than happy about this rest period. With more stress at work and less exercise to combat that stress, my sleep schedule has suffered a bit (which just further frustrates me). While 3 weeks of recovery have been necessary, it is time to find that wagon and get back on it.
Grading…This is my LEAST favorite part of my job. Last week I spent 24.5 hours (outside of my 7 am to 3:30 pm work day) grading student papers. I am very grateful that this round of grading is behind me and really hope that the students use all of my comments to improve their papers before they submit their final drafts.
A few workouts…I have taught TRX every Thursday since #IMMOO, reconnected with my yoga mat, gone on a bike ride here and a run there, but nothing super serious. After 3 weeks of rest, it is time to focus on getting back into a more consistent workout schedule. I always sleep better, eat better and feel better when exercise is one of my top 3 priorities (after the Iron Hippie and the pups of course).
Future planning…It is no secret that I am a goal oriented person. Without a race on the calendar and something to drive me to get out the door and train consistently, my physical and mental state are not where I need/want them to be. I have been looking at many race options and have a really solid idea of where I want to take my training and racing this coming year, but I have to wait until pay day and hope that the races I have my eyes on are still open. For now…I can tell you that I am running a 5K on Sunday to mark the 10 year anniversary of my first race and am participating in a 10 mile trail run on Saturday, October 11. I am really excited to go off road and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery in central Iowa 😉
Spending time with the pups…There has been more time for snuggles, playing frisbee, playing catch, walking and lovin’ on my girls. This makes us all happy 🙂
After a year sans alcohol, I’ve enjoyed a tasty beer or two. We visited a local brewery and enjoyed the atmosphere, but I can honestly say I haven’t missed alcoholic beverages that much and am seriously considering giving it up more permanently.
What have you been up to? What is your favorite post race recovery activity?