When the offseason rolls around, I usually have something up my sleeve. A race, an adventure……..something that doesn’t involve me racing a triathlon! Two years ago it was going for my 5th finish at the JFK 50 mile. Last year it was crewing for Julie at Ultraman, and running an open-marathon PR to once and for all break through that 3:30!
This year, we had in the works a one day Rim2Rim2Rim adventure in the Grand Canyon.
These adventures are: amazing, inspiring, renewing, and……exhausting! But I love them because even if you’re at races with friends, you’re still pretty focused on yourself and your own race. You certainly don’t get to spend 15 hours straight with your bffs. And believe me, you don’t know quality time until you’re hiking for hours in the dark up the side of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I’m pretty sure everyone else out there that night was listening to our convo and very worried about the state of the four women up ahead 🙂
So…..how do I pick my adventures? First, if you’re working with a coach, it’s ALWAYS a good idea to loop them in on the discussion. Often what might sound exciting will also be working against your main goals that you’re working towards. That’s not good. The timing of when to fit these in is quite important. I can do a 50 mile when it’s in November, giving me plenty of time to recover before building for the next season. I can do a hard marathon in January when my focus for the year is going to be a run-focus. But I couldn’t do a 50 mile in March, right before my season starts. Or, going for a marathon PR in May or September wouldn’t work as well either. Hillary helps me figure out where to place these adventures to fit well with training. And sometimes the adventures do fit well within the season – like our epic bike rides.
And of course, the most important rule of off season adventuring….always plan the next one before this one is over! We have plenty more up our sleeves 🙂