Monday, September 15, 2014

The Start of Fall

As we enter the fall season, yes I know there are still a few more days of summer left, I'm starting to feel a little bit better about things. I am still not 100% normal, but things are getting better.

I still have this antsy feeling that is hard to explain. I keep feeling like I should be doing more. I research things to do, new races to try, all while realizing that most of these things aren't going to happen this year. I think that with all of the training that we did for our Ironman, and some traveling, that we really need to be at home the majority of the rest of the year. We only have two more races on our schedule (we'll add our yearly 5K in December, but that's local) and other than Thanksgiving, those are the only two times we will be traveling until 2015. I think our dog, Bernie, appreciates that.

We have been building our mileage back up, and speeding up in the process. Last week, every single one of my runs (and Mike's, we ran separate once) were under 9 minute average pace. Including a mid-week 10 mile run! I'm not really sure what is going on, but I like it. It also gives me more confidence to go for my goal at the Philadelphia Marathon in 10 weeks.

Even though we are officially in the "off season" for triathlon, we are still doing all three sports. I feel better when we swim, bike and run. I think that, unfortunately, open water swimming has come to an end for the year. We might be able to get one or two more in for the year, but since we only have sleeveless wetsuits I don't foresee much more than that.

 Mike looking sharp in his new Ironman Lumberjack jersey

Sunday we got in an almost 50 mile ride and even though it was a bit chilly and windy, it felt really good to ride "long". I hope that we get to continue riding outside for awhile because I'm not ready for the trainer just yet!

 It's almost our "in real life" friendiversary!

The start of fall also brings with it race registration for next year. We are already registered for one 70.3 in June next year and over the next month or two we'll be registering for quite a few races! I'm particularly excited about one in Alaska, can't wait to see Crystal and Joe!

 We'll be volunteering at this spot again

Mike and I will also continue our yearly tradition of volunteering for the 100 Mile Triathlon on Lake Ontario. Next year we are planning on racing it, but for now we'll be the best volunteers that we can be! We also have plans to cheer some friends on at a few races this fall, I'm excited!

I am thankful that we have quite a few things planned throughout the rest of the year to help me get back to normal.

10 comments:

  1. i love FALL - seems like more energy to do things for fun!

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  2. Excited to see what the 2015 season brings! And even though I'm still biking and running consistently, I'm really enjoying the triathlon off-season too. A mental break is always good now and then.

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  3. So ready for fall, it is still 90ish here.
    Hope you can squeeze in a few more open water swims.

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  4. Sounds like you were experiencing some post IM blues. Exercise truly becomes an addiction, doesn't it? Sounds like 2015 is going to be exciting for you!

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    1. Yea, I still have it a little bit. I'm getting better, though.

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  5. I didn't even realize Mike's shirt was a jersey - I thought he was really biking in flannel haha. Keep up the good work, you'll get the good vibes back

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    1. We know someone who runs in flannel!

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  6. Fall is my favorite time of year. I've been searching for me a cute flannel.

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  7. I definitely don't know what you're going through, but I can understand the shock it all must be to your system after so many months! It sounds like you have a lot to look forward to, and I hope it helps you shake those post-IM blues!

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  8. I can't wait to not ride my bike that much. (I say this now...lol) You've got the rest of the year to smoke some new running goals and it appears you on right on track!

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