“The most powerful weapon on Earth is the human soul on fire.” ~Ferdinand Foch
The off season is the perfect time for dreaming! This is the time when I’m not exercising as much, so I have LOTS WAY TOO MUCH time to dream about what is to come! One thing is for sure…triathlon lights my fire! I’ve been dreaming of the coming year…2017 is the year I turn 40! The year I have my heart set on fun! The year I will push my limits to overcome challenges! The year I will push my limits to get closer to making my Kona qualifying dream come true! The year we go on another racecation! 40 is going to be my year! I’m excited to get this year started! It is time to start filling my barn with hay so that I can light a massive fire on race day!
Dreaming is easy…how will I turn these dreams into reality? Believing in myself, my abilities, my training, and my new coach! Yes, that’s right! I’m super excited to have Kelly Hardiaris coaching me in 2017! With her expertise, guidance, support, and encouragement, I am hoping to have the best year ever! I’m ready to embark on this journey with Kelly and see where we can go together in 2017!
I’m super pumped that I’ve been chosen to be part of the Coeur Sports Ambassador Team again in 2017!! I ABSOLUTELY love these ladies!! They are inspirational, motivational, enCOEURaging, supportive and full of #heartandcourage 🙂
Who’s excited for 2017?! What are you looking forward to in 2017?!
It has been 6 weeks since Ironman Wisconsin!! During these 6 weeks, I have been giving my body some much needed TLC and recovery. I have done VERY little in the way of exercise…4 bike rides, 3 runs, 1 swim, and 2 strength training sessions to be exact.
I have had a couple of massages to help loosen up the body and get it ready for another Ironman beating and also taken some salt baths to relax and help me recover.
I was hoping to get some hot yoga in and a few swims during this time, but other things have managed to take precedence over these two outings. We’ve spent a lot of time with friends and family during these 6 weeks.
I’ve meet with some personal training clients, managed to get some appointments taken care (haircut, dogs to the vet, Mojo into the shop to get a shifter cable fixed, etc.), had dinner get togethers with friends, and have managed to chew up all of the “free time” I thought I would have. It always amazes me how I can spend 20 hours a week training (on top of a 40+ hour a week job), but when I have down time to “relax,” my time always gets filled with miscellaneous things!
I’ve cheered my fave and many friends onto more 1/2 marathon and marathon finish lines…
We have made lots of yummy food and enjoyed our down time. My mind is definitely ready to start working out on a more regular basis again, and I think my body is ready as well! I’m looking forward to starting a swim focused block this week! I’m planning to follow it up with a bike focused block to round out my off season.
What does your post BIG race look like for recovery? If you do Ironman races, how long do you take off before you ease back into training again?
Ironman Wisconsin was 7 weeks ago. The post-Ironman blues hit HARD. I went from training 20+ hours a week before the race to basically not at all. I thrive off of having workouts in training peaks that need to be completed and races on the calendar to train for. I think it is fairly obvious that I don’t do well with down time.
So what have I done with all of this down time in the last few weeks?
Ran my First Trail Race:
Walk the Dogs:
Hike at Ledges:
Ride Bikes for Fun with Friends:
Hayrides at the Berry Patch:
Playing Frisbee with Basil:
Being a competitive, determined, driven person is amazing (although the Iron Hippie may disagree with that). It is the firework that motivates me to train in early hours, to train when it is dark and dreary, to train when it is cold and windy, to train when it is hot and muggy. It compels me to test myself, to improve and be better than I was yesterday.
Because of my “type A personality,” it is time to get back into a more regular workout routine. Nothing super strenuous, but a routine with some structure.
How long does your off-season last? How do you enjoy your off-season?
After running the Indianapolis Marathon on October 19 and not qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I seriously considered running another marathon in December. I had some things to consider before making a final decision:
Why would I be running another marathon?
What if I run this marathon and don’t qualify for Boston?
Can I stay mentally focused through this marathon and then immediately start my Ironman training in January?
After weighing all of these questions, I decided that I should not foster the thought of running another marathon in December and instead give myself some down time…time to recharge the batteries before going full throttle with Ironman training. What does this mean? My “Off Season” is in full swing…hiking in the woods, getting out and riding my cross bike, taking the dogs for walks, sitting by the campfire, putting puzzles together, reading good books, chopping down trees for firewood, going to hot yoga and doing what I feel like doing instead of what I have to do.