I'm still not done being happy about my race at Cedar Point, but at the same time, I am happy as hell that I didn't ride my bike today! I was planning on leaving it in its box to rest until Christmas, but Scott apparently decided to clean the house while I was swimming this AM (I know!?!!! What a nice pleasant surprise!) and unpacked it for me as a favor. How nice of him. It's still just going to sit in the corner and rest until Christmas.
It feels like a new season already. It rained on us while we were running this morning. The clouds hung around for the swim too. It's windy and cold (I know, zip it. It's cold *for us*) and we wore our fleece post ocean swim. It kind of feels like I should be making soup or stew or something. I think going forward I'm going to make these Saturday morning ocean swims sponsored by Coffees of Hawaii and bring a big airpot full of hot coffee for post swim. That sounds like a fun Saturday routine, doesn't it?
Anyway, I do feel like some sort of seismic shift has occurred. It's mostly in my head of course. But to have several months coming up where I do not train at all for triathlons, well, that's a pretty big shift for me. I'm super excited about it though!
It's not like I won't be training of course. It's just a change in focus. Run run run... Swim. Run run run some more. Then swim a bit more too. 11 weeks til the Honolulu Marathon. I didn't do much at all this week, mostly b/c I didn't have time because work took up a much bigger chunk of each day than normal, though I know a down week was indicated after the last 2 weekends of racing. My head wants back in the game now but my legs are still feeling the effects of the thrashings I handed them 2 weekends in a row. I actually still had a bit of soreness in my quads on my run this morning, which indicates that I shredded the heck out of my muscles last weekend (I knew this was occurring toward the end of the run- it was bad). So I'm going to wait until the soreness is completely gone before I do any key workouts. Of course, the 25K is next Saturday and 15+ miles at MP is no insignificant thing...
Taking bike training out of my equation frees up about 6-8 hours each week, which is really good news for the state of my house. It might finally get clean again? I know I should hire someone to do this for me but I have just not even had the desire to look for someone. So until then, my friends, I'm going to go unload the dishwasher and then fold the third load of laundry today. And then, gasp, I'm going to clean my desk. Seismic, indeed. I wonder what I'll find in those huge stacks of paper??