No, I'm not taking a lackadaisical so-called "off-season", otherwise known as "Slack Time". But I am taking a full two weeks OFF from running to let my joints and ligaments fully recover and heal from this 2.5 marathons in 3 weeks nonsense. Yay! I'm not sore at all today! Recovery is sure faster when you walk a large part of the course. Yes, this vacation is in accordance with coacherly advice from Yurtie.
Tomorrow the girls and I pick up the 24-foot rental motorhome, I load all our tons of stuff aboard (I can't believe how much stuff two tiny little girls and one big girl require), and we hit the road for Grandma's. Whee! Maybe if I have a chance I'll drive over and visit the Steelhead course, not far from Grandma's, and see if that's a possibility for next year.
I'll take the laptop with the wifi connection and check in here as often as I can. I can't stand to be disconnected from the Internet! In addition, I'll still be watching my food intake and doing some core exercises and walking as much as I can arrange. I'm an ATHLETE, it's what I do! (Isn't THAT a change in perspective from the old days!?)
My Fifty Weeks of Training for Ironman Florida begins on Monday, November 21st. I've already got my spreadsheet prepared and my workouts for that week planned. I'll hit the ground running, swimming, and cycling on that date, and I won't stop until I have that medal around my neck some time before midnight on Saturday, November 4, 2006. Ooh, one exciting development I have to share: I just found a Stroke Development Class early on Saturday mornings at a local YMCA that will be reasonably convenient for me to attend regularly! Cool, eh?
Until I return from the vacation and launch my Ironman training, I'll be posting updates on the blog, but (just as a warning) they're unlikely to have much of anything to do with fitness or triathlon!