I told myself after Harvest Moon, I was taking some time off... and I did. It is the first time in close to 3 years that I haven't been thinking and training for the "next" race. It's not that I don't have some races on my schedule - I do - it's just that I was allowing myself some time to recover, not do too much and take life day by day, not workout by workout.
Planning my workouts went like this: Me: Jane, do you wanna run in the morning? Jane: Sure, how 'bout Cherry Creek? Me: ok. OR Me: Patty, do you wanna bike? Patty: Yes, Wednesday looks like good weather. Me: See you Wednesday. OR Me: AH, I hate this computer. Ross: Go for a run. Me: OK, see you in an hour. You get the drift. And, while I was worried about losing some of my level of fitness, it was quite refreshing at the same time not to have to concentrate on anything other than enjoying it.
And boy did I enjoy it.
Here are some highlights. Well, the tri/running-related ones.
|Kicking off my planning for the next year with an IMCDA BBQ.|
|Yep, I signed up for another Ironman with these characters... and a few others not pictured here. |
(They were probably off training.)
Running in the rain at the "Running of the Buffalo".
|Me and Charley (coach and race director)|
Even won me a Buffalo.
|Coolest. Award. Ever.|
Pacing Todd in his 100-miler. YES! 100 miles. I was responsible for keeping him happy/running miles 57-71ish. A very cool experience and I was glad I got to share it with him.
|What better way to distract/occupy a runner than by taking pictures. Even if it was pitch black |
as we ran through the night.
A month ago, I don't think I would have thought this... Enjoying my time "off" too much. But now, now it is time to get back to business - and I don't mean the murder mystery kind. :)