It seems like I blinked and winter is here! While my offseason technically began back in September, this doesn’t mean that the last couple months haven’t been busy. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite! With less workouts, this is the time of year where I find myself having not enough hours in the day, only for the other stuff now – catching up with friends and family, spending time on longer walks with Ramona, strategizing with athletes about the next season, and connecting with sponsors for future plans. While I do my best to keep the blog up to date these days, keep in mind that one place you CAN find me every week now is the IronWomen podcast. I am absolutely LOVING the time spent on this, with my co-host Haley Chura, and our woman behind it all, Sara Gross. We do catch up on our lives each week before answering questions from our listeners and chatting with one of our many amazing guests, so it’s a great place to see what I’m up to if you are missing your Alyssa time. You can find all our episodes here.
So….what have I been up to? Well, I went to Kona!
I also did a lot of trail running in Vermont…..
And now I’m back home! With all the running, I thought maybe racing a half marathon would be a good project. I set a lofty goal for myself (1:25) and went out on that pace. I held it….for the first 10k. Then it got a little ugly, BUT I still held on for a PR. While “bank the time early” isn’t a race plan I generally promote, it did work this time, with my 1:28:26. I think that 1:25 project will come back at some point though!
So….what’s next? Well, I’ve really been enjoying running, and I think I need some good quality time on the trails next year. So, instead of starting my Ironman season in the winter like I have the last few years, I’m going to stick a bit more local and hit some ultras that have been on my list! First up in February will be the Uwharrie 40 Mile run. It sold out in less than 15 minutes, so you know this is a good race. This is one I ran several years ago, and finished in 8:00:18. Sub-8 is a bit of a mark for that course, so I’ll be heading there to cross that off the list! Then a few weeks later, I’ll head down back to NC for the Mt Mitchell Challenge. Wikipedia calls this “a 40-mile Ultramarathon run in February of each year from the town of Black Mountain, NC to the top of Mt Mitchell, the highest point in the Eastern US, and back down again. This race, intentionally run in Winter to ensure harsh conditions, is regarded as one of the most difficult trail-running races in North America.” Well now, doesn’t that sound fun?! 🙂
My other plans for 2018 so far include the Tucson camps – this year one in January (swim & bike focus) and one in April (Ironman focus). And then I plan to head back to Challenge Taiwan, and on my return trip hit up WILDFLOWER! Still so so excited that one is back on the calendar.
That should keep me busy enough, at least for a few months!!