Sunday ended with a post-race sugar binge of epic proportions and diverse ingredients. I went to bed with a sugar headache. I woke up with a stiff ankle and a bruised shoulder (thanks to the girl who couldn’t swim straight) but otherwise relatively un-sore, just tired.
Monday was a rest day and I was perfectly content to do nothing. It also kicked off a transition phase for me – 2 weeks of relatively light and easy workouts to rest my body and refresh my mind before the big charge for the fall races begins.
From a mental perspective, some nice easy unstructured time sounded perfect – I knew that by the end of those 2 weeks I’d be chomping at the bit to jump back into Big Serious Training. Which would mean the goal of this phase was accomplished perfectly.
And then later on Monday, I read my coach’s race report from Eagleman. [For those who don’t know, less than a year after having a baby, Coach won her AG and is headed back to Kona. But really you should read her report, it’s worth it.] I laughed, I cried, I bought tickets to Kona to cheer for her this October. I realized how badly I want to dream big, set some tough goals for myself, and chase them down (not Kona, don’t worry). I spent half of Monday night dreaming about my next A race and lay in bed at 5:30am doing math about what I could do if I had the race day I think I could. So I guess that’s one way of saying, my body needs a lot more rest but my brain is SO ready to hit it hard when real training starts again. I have carefully crafted official goals for the year when it comes to my bigger races but I also have super secret goals that I keep to myself – so, maybe it’s time to put my heart on the line a little more, risk my pride, and chase down those numbers on race day with everything I’ve got.
With that in mind…the immediate future calls for rest, easy workouts, a little swim race this weekend, and a short beach vacation! Because my life is not crazy enough already, I have to consider the scheduling of dog activities as well in my plan for kicking some triathlon ass. I know about a month from now I’m going to be past the point of having time for agility trials, so I’m squeezing the last ones in during early July. Then we’ll switch over to dog shows for Stanley the rest of the year, where someone else handles him while I get my training done. I’ve got my eye on some shows with excellent cycling roads around them and the first will be down in Carmel next month!
Hurry up and rest, legs! We have things to do!