Helloooooo, recovery, no structure and some fun!
But, it hasn’t all been fun. The post-IM blues… the struggle was real the first couple weeks following Ironman Wisconsin. It’s tough to go from 20 hours of swimbikerun for weeks to almost none. SO MUCH FREE TIME. And, what to do with all of it?! For months, ironman training was all consuming – a beautiful distraction – which made it quite easy to ignore everything else in life. After ironman, you’re suddenly faced with all that stuff you brushed off. Without two-a-days, you actually have time to think about life – and, sometimes it’s heavy.
That heaviness has been hard. I’ve been crabby and edgy and twisty and blah. Definitely not myself, and I’m sure pretty unpleasant to be around; I haven’t even liked being around me! But, after some serious soul searching (more on that soon), I am relieved to say the fog is lifting and I’m starting to feel more like my happy self.
Anyway, on the recovery side, there’s been zero structure and no workouts in TrainingPeaks (there was withdrawal, however). Instead, I’ve been biking as much as weather and daylight allow, swimming sporadically, meditating on my yoga mat, and after six weeks off, returning to running. It’s been so refreshing (but I’m ready to get back to it)!
Other off-season fun: catching up with friends over dinner and coffee, cheering at Twin Cities Marathon, celebrating the marriages of a good friend (congrats, Julie + Chad!) and my cousin (congrats, Ben + Jenny!) and hanging out with my family (can’t get enough of Finley!). In photos…