Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life After Ironman

So I've been a bit m.i.a! I swear I've started about 5 blog entries, but haven't finished any of them. I've been enjoying the off season, while attending to...life beyond ironman. There's been more sleeping in, more time with friends, and more time to send my mental energy to the various things that are partially (or fully) neglected during the tri-season. The little running I have done, has centered around enjoying my surroundings instead of caring about my pace. Sunset runs in the crisp "winter" air- breathtaking!
Every day is about doing what I want in that moment. Suddenly working out doesn't seem like training at all, and in turn I've enjoyed quite a mental break.

I finally caved and gave mountain biking a try. Uphill, fun. Downhill, not so muchhhhhhhhhh
My body is getting quite the break, while my mind is re-energized and hungry for what's to come next year!  I've done a lot of thinking after leaving the BI and am really excited for next year. Step one, improve my cycling. I have no doubt that the race portion of my racing has been well under par. I am capable of more, and can't wait to deliver on it next year. Thankfully, a few fast fella's have stepped in and are towing me around the county. Some days I've hung in there, others I've been left on the side of the road in tears. It's all part of my plan to keep having fun with the sport, while pushing my limits. In my search for MORE POWER I even found new mountains to climb.
I can't help but feel continually blessed to not only this home, but to love a sport that enables me to keep exploring it.
Tomorrow I'm off to Michigan to enjoy time with my family! I can't wait to see everyone there. I'll be trading in the sunset beach views for snow and (hopefully) a white Christmas.
Cheers to a healthy and very happy off season!