So here I am.. after another unaccounted for absence. Tri season is essentially over for me. I have a Timberman race report that I need to write, and I have a sprint distance tri next weekend (which I dropped down to from the olympic distance because I just wasn't feeling it), and that is it for me!
So what is on the horizon for me?
taking some time away from structured triathlon training this fall. As
it goes with most other Type-A neurotic athletes, I struggle with taking
time OFF - I made it a week after Timberman before I started to feel
like a disgusting blob. So, not working out will not work for me
whatsoever. BUT I am feeling the major effects of burnout. I need to do something
about it so I that I can eventually return to triathlon with an excited
attitude and kill my PRs like I was supposed to do this season (and
that I KNOW I can do)! I was stuck for a while on what to do.. but after
that week of doing nothing and a few days of just "meh" workouts, I
think I have figured it out.
I am planning on doing a
run focus in the fall (have already started actually) where I run 6 days
a week, (with Monday as an off day with just a swim), ride long-ish on
Saturdays, and then add other swim and bike workouts in during the week
as I please. Long runs on Sundays. Running is what I really enjoy doing.
I don't love weekly trainer rides, and I only really like to swim in
moderation (i.e. when I feel like it). But I do love to run and I REALLY
miss running for the sake of running itself and not for the sake of
training and filling that workout in on my schedule. I also love fall
races - especially trail races!
Another big thing is
that I am shopping for a cyclocross bike. This is something that I have
wanted to buy for several years, and I finally got my shit together and
started saving money (turns out, you can't save money AND do Ironman if
you're on the Alexa budget of can't save money worth shit anyways). I
think it will add a lot of fun to my cycling routine, as I will be able
to (attempt) to race cyclocross, go on shorter day tours on an actually
comfortable bike, ride wherever I please (gravel trails, dirt roads,
etc.) and ride slowly with other people to a fun destination with perhaps food and/or drinks (instead of just hammering away alone
in my aerobars).
Test riding is going to happen this
weekend with Solveig, on the one small cyclocross bike we were able to
find in the greater Rochester area, and then I will go from there.
Because I got so confused trying to compare bikes across multiple bike
brands on different websites, I used my nerd skillz to create a crazy
tiny cyclocross bike spreadsheet of all the bikes I could find in my
budget and their tiny sizes. I was then able to eliminate some that
wouldn't work (either too large, or didn't have the basics of what I was
looking for) and narrowed the search down to 4 bikes that are all
similar in size. I am hoping that by riding one of them (the one we
found at Geneva Bicycle Center) I can then make sure that this size
bike WILL fit me, and I can look more in-depth at what each bike offers -
spec-wise before I make the big decision and order the bike from a shop!
So this is my plan for fall - run a lot,
get muddy, spend hard-earned money on a 'cross bike, get muddy on that,
try not to fall on face in a 'cross race, and have fun! :)
And I am ALWAYS looking for fun people to get muddy with!!