You know how when you're in the middle of a lot of big long training and people always say, "Good job. It's in the bank..." All those long runs and rides and swims.. In The Bank.
Well, my athletic bank account was HUGE a couple weeks ago (NOT to be confused with my real bank account, which is definitely NOT HUGE). Day after day, week after week, I made deposits. Little ones. Big ones. Consistent ones. Deposits. I was rich!
But then I went and withdrew it all on October 10. And now I'm broke.
I let myself be broke for about a week, but then since it really sucks being broke*, I figured I better start making little deposits again. So I hopped back in the pool. And I laced up my running shoes. And I made little deposits. Then today I tried to make a bigger deposit. I did a real swim workout, which followed a real run. And I found out that I'm not ready to start making real deposits yet. (Read: I am sloooooow even though I don't feel slow. But the clock does not lie.)
So the lesson here is that it takes longer than 2 weeks to recover from an Ironman. Duh. Marathon training just got pushed back by another week. I hope I'll have enough time to make sufficient deposits prior to Dec 13, because I'm not interested in bouncing a check on race day.
*Being broke (for real) is a bummer because you miss out on some cool traveling and training and racing opportunities... ahhhh. Such is life.