Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back To Work

The week after Ironman Wisconsin, I slept a lot, got my life organized again, trained for a grand total of 5 hours and ate a lot of ice cream.  It was nice.  The ice cream eating had a purpose, by the way.  I was trying to put a little weight back on.  I know there are smarter ways to gain weight.  But eating ice cream is more fun.

At the start of week #2 after Ironman (last week) I got a text from my coach inquiring if I "felt the fire".  Ummmm...YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I AM REARING TO GO!!!!!!!!  GIVE ME SOME 30 HOUR WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!  YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the reply of someone with too much energy.  Needless to say, I was giddy with excitement to start working hard again.  And my eyes filled with wonder as I surveyed the week of workouts on my schedule.  It's fairly accurate to say though, that I *might* have forgotten that working hard is, well, hard work.

By day #3 or 4 of last week, reality had hit!  I was sore (darn TRX and swim cords) and feeling the dull ache of training.  Lucky for me, I'm pretty much in love with this reality and I felt very much in my element.  It feels very good to feel like my tired self again!

So here we go again!  This week and next are two more weeks of good work, followed by a rest/race week (running a half marathon in Ohio) and then the two BIG weeks known as overload.  I very much look forward to those big weeks with both excitement and fear.  Overload will be followed by the taper into IMAZ!  A lot of work lies ahead but I know November will be here before I know it so I'm trying to savor each day.

Back to training means back to mixing bottles!
I do this surprisingly often when I run.  I can't be the only one, can I?
A picture of Roxy.  Because she's super cute.
And finally, a picture of PNC Park, home of the Pirates.  As you might have heard, the Buccos clinched a playoff berth last night for the first time in 21 years.  Oscar is a HUGE (I mean REALLY HUGE) Pirate fan and has therefore endured a lot of disappointment over the last few decades.  Couldn't be more happy for him to feel the excitement of WINNING!


  1. Is that from clipping your own ankle? I do that too - although I don't usually get quite that bloody!

  2. I do that usually only on one side, sometimes its the terrain sometimes if you do it often and consistently its that you have some lateral whip and you are coming thru your swing phase with your foot in too much eversion ( ie think toes out and heel in) so just be sure your hips and ab wall are firing on that side.
    Ok more than you needed to know but trust me i do it ALOT less than i used to and i know its bc i am stronger.
    on that note, after all my " advice you didnt ask for..." LOL
    Roxy, good fatigue, good fall weather, baseball???
    Sounds like you are back at home!

  3. YES for IMAZ!!! I will be cheering for you!!! :)

  4. Your taper is 3 weeks? Did I follow that correctly? I ask because I'm trying to get a better understanding of the timing for the really big weeks.

  5. WOOOHOOOO I just googled Trials of Miles and came out here as #1 hut and here is my second home city PITTTTTSBUUUUURGH :)))) Greetings from Europe my lovely city-neighbour :)))

  6. Roxy is adorable! I think her and Miles would be good buddies. My knees look like your ankles due to lots of tripping and falling during my runs. Or walking around in my bike shoes. Enjoy these last few weeks of training before the taper! Another Ironman on the horizon - so fun!