- 3 weeks of deep rest and recovery. Possibly a few margaritas and beers in there, but lots of sleep and no training!
- More agility trials with my dogs! First up is the Bay Team USDAA trial in 2 weeks.
- Maui! Jeff and I will finally go on our long-delayed honeymoon (like, delayed by 2+ years!) in mid-December. Maybe some nice OW swims in my future there?
- Short and speedy. I think it’s nice and healthy to take a year off between Ironmans. I have no plans to go this distance next year, though based on the “fun” I had out there I certainly intend to race Ironman again. Next year will be all about getting faster in short races – 5K and 10K runs, sprint triathlons, one Olympic, some OW swim races, and a 1/2 IM at the end of the year.
I think all of that will help me stave off any post-IM blues nicely!
As I look back on the race I had, I can’t help but smile again. For me, it was all about willpower. 4 years ago this week, I couldn’t run 1 mile straight and suffered through my first 5K (the local turkey trot) in misery. I couldn’t swim in the pool with my face in the water 2.5 years ago. This entire journey has been a lesson not only in what I’m capable of if I push myself but in what an amazing group of people I am lucky to share my life with – friends, family, training partners and my husband who pulled, pushed, nudged and held me up as needed the whole way.
So, for now…BRING ON THE OFF-SEASON!!!!