Not gonna lie, the post-ironman blues hit just a smidge after Ironman Canada. It’s a weird thing working for months toward a BIG goal, reaching that goal and then… bam!, it’s over in a blink and you’re left wondering if it actually happened.
Thankfully, there was plenty to keep me occupied during the past two months… lots o’ wine, too much sugar (we’re still keeping Talenti in business), girl time, knitting and even a letterpress class (more on that soon). While it has been lovely and I have no intention of giving it up completely during the winter off-season, the past week welcomed a return to more structure and routine with a new coach (who’s also Nick‘s coach).
Hellooooo, two-a-days, morning workouts (Monday through Thursday last week), strength training, my juicy yoga mat, and running six days a week.
And, it feels good. Despite the shorter days – sunset in the 4p hour is ridiculous – the fog of early October seems to have lifted and ushered in earlier bedtimes, better eats and all around better self-care. #bestlife
Highlights of and thoughts about the past week include:
- Ladies night at Mill City Running. This new running shop is where it’s at! Open only a few months, and rock star owners Becka and Jeff have quickly become the go-to for the MSP running community.
- Power! My Quarq Elsa arrived and was promptly installed (kudos to the guys at Grand Performance). I cannot wait to train with power!
- Garmin test. Because my Edge 500 had been finicky all week, I used both it and my 910XT on a recent trainer ride. The Edge eeked out the 910 by 0.3 miles. How is that possible? While I don’t think distance is that reliable on the trainer anyway, it’s still odd they wouldn’t be identical.
- New running shoes. After 18 months in Nikes – since the start of my triathlon life – I went back to Asics, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. I’ve had some niggles in my left heel and behind my right knee, and though I’m not sure either can be attributed to my shoes, I’m still on the fence about how they feel running-wise. I tested Newtons at Mill City, and they felt good, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.
- Crappy skin. Ladies, do any of you break out during or after ironman? My skin is out of control and nothing seems to be working to clear it up. I’ve never ever had acne, so I’m a bit stressed about it. Another possible culprit: Mirena. I went on it in February, and in the past couple months, my skin has been oily and my hair, greasy. If anything, my skin is prone to dryness, and just last year, I washed my hair just once a week (it’s not as gross as it sounds!). Gah! If anyone has any insight, it would be much appreciated!
With that, here’s a look at the past week or so in photos…
Weekly totals: 9 hours, 25 minutes.
Swim: 3,100 yards, 1:03:43
Bike (trainer): 50.17 miles, 3:04:54
Run: 18.57 miles, 2:41:56
Yoga: two classes, 1:35
Happy swimbikerunning, friends!