Kicking off a rest week by doing NOTHING today. Well, unless you count work and agility class (with not one but TWO dogs! Stanley starts a special weave pole class tonight). But otherwise really NOTHING.
Overall my body feels pretty good – tired and yes sore in a number of places. Stiff neck – swimming or all the shivering I did for 2 days. Achy back, tired legs – the usual. But last night I discovered the bottoms of my feet HURT A LOT in a few spots. I wondered if it could have been the trail running.
And then this morning it hit me. I’ve gotten this after triathlons before. When I got out of the water after my warmup swim, I noted that the swim exit had many large sharp rocks in the water along the way out. When I ran out of the water after the swim leg, my feet were too numb to have felt any of them, but I must have hit a few good-sized rocks, if the state of my feet is any indication. OW!
So there I was in a staff meeting this morning, in my compression socks, with my shoes off and my feet sitting on an ice pack. Aaaaaaahhh, relief!
I need to use this rest week to recuperate and get my body ready for the last push to Boise.
I’ve asked Liz to add some open water swims to my schedule. If I head down to the Santa Cruz Wharf (where the Big Kahuna half-Iron swim is done), I can get more than my share of choppy cold water to work in. I’ve given more thought to yesterday’s swim and I believe I really let a focus on technique slide in getting caught up in the moment, so my goal will be to concentrate on taking my pool technique improvements and translating them into OW.
I also decided to try an experiment – I’m going to abstain from alcohol until Boise. At the moment, my consumption primarily consists of Sunday night margaritas after a hard training week but I suspect if I take away that option, I will give more careful thought to recovery eating and drinking. I usually skip booze on the week or two before a race anyway, so this is just extending that practice slightly. Liz teased me that I’m such a little police woman of myself :) It might do nothing at all but I won’t know if I don’t try!
That’s all for now!