By the time we crawled, okay walked, out of the Grand Canyon after R2R2 I was so ready for a break, not "I want to quit kind of break" just a proper unstructured few months. So I hit the pause button with my coach and just chilled out. I am not a sedentary person so I was active most days,and with 2 Vizslas you cannot be sedendary. Prior to our trip to HK and Myanmar I was cruising the coast on my bike and taking some fitness classes. My glute was seriously aggravated from, well a LONG season of 2x70.3's, 3 Ironman's and R2R2R, so I needed some time off running. Then they closed the pool renovation and Alga is cold and well....really I wanted to take a break from swimming too.
When I landed back in the US on 12/4 I was eager to get on my bike, but more so because that is my social time, girl time and I was jonesing to catch up with everyone. I logged quite a few miles in Dec on the bike but it was casual and slow, as in 40watts under IM slow, it was tooling around, chatting, being annoyed with traffic as it was cutting into my "chat " time. It was also logging miles to allow for holiday sweets and beverages. Yes gaining a few lbs is okay but I was not looking go gain in the double digits.
Sure we did some good rides, GWL + Descanso, Rice and Couser etc but the ride times were way way off.... so far off that I nearly missed an appointment. I plan ride times within 5 min 90% of the time, that is until now and I was off 15-30 min off. Off season pace. To say it did not bother me would be a tiny lie,
The pool reopened mid December and well 4 weeks out of the water + 3 weeks of 1-2 swims a week takes it toll. I refused to drop down a lane
The idea of hitting the gym hard in December is good in theory, but did not happen for me. I went a few times, enough to feel it, but I was operating on do what I want to do. I hopped around to a few strength classes but resolved I know what I need to do and how to do it. While clinching my cheeks for 20+ min in barre class may give my rear a boost I am not so sure it will help me in the back 1/2 of the marathon in an Ironman. Functional vs vanity.
And just like that Jan 1 rolled around and I woke up that familiar email from Michael Ricci: Schedule for Sunday 01/01/2017 to Monday 01/02/2017. And I am once again a "follower", although probably not as good of a follower as Coach Mike would like. I still question, challenge and push a bit
Here's to 2017 and collecting hardware!