- 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!!!!
Congratulations on a fabulous journey with a successful ending... okay - not ending..... a middle? a start? the beginning of big wonderful things? Time will tell.
Wonderful Molly ! So glad you shared this :)
have fun in Maui!
What an incredible accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
What an amazing journey! I've only been following along since this past summer but I wish I was following since that first turkey trot 4 years ago! I love to watch people push way far beyond what they ever imagined as it certainly inspires me to do the same. HUGE congrats Molly. Can't wait to follow along for your next adventure.
Congratulations, again, Molly. You are truly amazing!
Awesome! Get started on your core workouts with Jeff in Hawai'i :-) Have fun!!
what a way to end your season. it sounds like you've thought about next year and what you want to do, and it sounds like a good plan! bring on the rest and relaxation!
Congratulations Molly, you ran a really smart race and looked awesome at the finish line, especially given that it's your first Ironman.
Enjoy your off season and your vacation.
That MaiTai looks GREAT! I hope you did drink most of it.
Can't wait to see you at least once next year....maybe even TWICE???!
Hawaii awaits! Enjoy.
Rest away Molly! Wow-when you put it in perspective you have come a LONG way in a very SHORT time..Hats off to short distances next year-I'll be right there with ya! And Hawaii-well you may get the Kona itch there now..
You rock postIM strategy and attitude.
First congrats on your accomplishment. Secondly, thanks for this post. I was thinking of postponing my schedule for my first IM in 2013, now I know it can be done. So I'll follow you suit. Enjoy your stay on Maui, it's the perfect time of year for it. Been to Big Island last December and it was my best vacation ever.
It IS truly amazing how much a person can accomplish with determination and patience. I love your idea of of a year-break between iron distances. I think it's smart. Very smart.
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