Now that the Half Ironman is over, a lot of people have been asking me: â€œWhatâ€™s next?â€
My immediate reaction is, â€œNOTHING! I want to do NOTHING!â€ and then I throw myself dramatically on the couch, grab the remote, and watch a marathon of Downton Abbey episodes.
Hah Hah. No. Really. Over the past few days, I have wanted to do nothing. October was a whirlwind month, personally and professionally, and Iâ€™m cherishing the peace and quiet of this week. But now that Iâ€™m all healed up from the race, Iâ€™m thinking ahead (also, I finally am caught up on Downton Abbey and have nothing else to watch on Netflix â€“ all I have to say about the Season 3 finale is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO).
I loved running the race, and I had a really great experience. I enjoyed training myself up to those distances and feeling so strong. But training was a huge time commitment, and the race was a huge financial commitment, and I think one 70.3 is enough for meâ€¦for now (as in, for a couple of years). A few of my fellow triathlete friends have said with a wink, â€œYouâ€™ve been bitten by the Ironman bug, havenâ€™t you? Are you doing to do the full distance now?â€ I just have to laugh! I cannot imagine running an entire Ironman (a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run). I bow down to anyone who can train for an Ironman, let alone actually complete one! I donâ€™t think an Ironman is ever in my future.
Iâ€™m excited to do more shorter triathlons once the season returns in the spring. But for nowâ€¦ againâ€¦ thereâ€™s no way that Iâ€™m training for anything big. I need a break!
But I do have some fitness goals. I donâ€™t plan to really veg out on the couch forever. Some thoughts:
- Iâ€™d love to maintain my swimming endurance. Before this race, I would swim 1000 – 1500 yards for workouts, and at the end of training, I was doing 2000 â€“ 3000. I believe that swimming is the ultimate workout â€“ itâ€™s something you can do throughout your life, no matter what your age or life stage (heck, I was swimming laps two days before I delivered Henry!). Itâ€™s gentle on my body and makes me feel good. So Iâ€™d like to keep up the longer distances.
- Yoga! I really want to do more yoga. DadHTP, Kristien, and I have been talking about doing a â€˜yoga challengeâ€™ at the gym; we want to go to yoga 2 â€“ 3 times a week, every week.
- Iâ€™d also like to do some strength training. Iâ€™m thinking about checking out the kettlebells class at out gym. My gym also has a rip-off version of Crossfit. Iâ€™ve peeked my head into the studio a few times and it looks pretty fun. Itâ€™d be cool to do that once or twice a week for strength training.
So â€“ thatâ€™s whatâ€™s next for me in terms of workouts. A different (slower) pace. Basically â€“ a return to â€˜normal peopleâ€™ exercise!
But Iâ€™m really looking to free up some time because Iâ€™d love to work on my novel. Remember that? I got about 40 pages in and outlined the entire plot â€“ my agent reviewed it and everything â€“ and then I stopped. Thatâ€™s the third fiction book that Iâ€™ve started, gotten 30 â€“ 50 pages in, and stopped in as many years! Iâ€™d really like to finish one, even if nothing ever happens with it beyond putting it up on the blog for people to read. I know I just need to make the time and mental space for it. Thatâ€™s the biggest challenge with writing!
If you recently finished training for an important race, what are you focusing on now? Other workouts or another hobby?
(Speaking of books, weâ€™re going to do the book club for The Circle â€“ stay tuned for a post about this on Friday!).