A bit of a rundown since it’s been awhile without an update….May seemed to come and go before I knew it!
Training : Post Taiwan, I actually allowed myself to take a break. In fact, because of the bike debacle, with the exception of some city/mountain bikes the BnBs and hotels had, I didn’t ride a bike for TEN days after the race. I didn’t swim in a pool for 2 weeks (yes yes I swam open water though…). And yes, I ran a good bit. But hiking and jogging up and down mountains while stopping for sausages is hardly that taxing – I promise 🙂 So, yes – perhaps when I rest I don’t actually sit still, but we most definitely allotted for some truly unstructured training time and Taiwan was a great place for it.
When you race so much early season, you definitely do get a bit of that “offseason” blahs. The good thing is that it’s easy to snap out of that lull because everyone else it seems is just gearing up and their excitement is contagious. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed to get my shit together so that I can make sure to beat Leslie at IM Canada (yes, she knows it’s on).
And it’s been fun getting back into it. The weather here is (mostly) fantastic finally, and I am in general feeling good. No, I’m not crushing every session but I am finding myself laughing out loud to podcasts while riding more than ever so I’m either in really good moods OR listening to really funny stuff. Potentially a mix of both.
Racing : I’m headed to Raleigh this weekend! Lord knows racing a 70.3 is probably up there with one of my least favorite things to do (unless it’s Wildflower: #RVLyfe2018 is a real thing and I expect the masses to join Leslie, Kelly and myself). But, I’m actually kind of excited this time. It seems that even as much of a debacle as it was, I still got a good fitness boost coming off of Taiwan and we have sharpened things nicely since then. It will be nice to drive to a race for once, definitely ride my bike, and, run in *women’s* shoes (thanks Cadence!)
What else? : Ramona is great…..We got popcorn and visited the Appalachian Trail last weekend. Pretty great dog mom over here, people!
If you are looking for some training/commuting general listening enjoyment these days, be sure to check out IronWomen with Sara Gross and myself. We have a solid lineup for the summer as well so look forward to that!