I'm new to this off season stuff. Considering that this year was the first that actually saw me devote a large percentage of my time not spent working, training, and I raced more this year than last, this is my first off season. Two weeks into it and I have to say, I'm not a fan. Maybe I need to find an off season sport?
It has become blatantly obvious that I need some type of goal, or race, or event to train for to stay focused. I used to be a gym rat - working out at least 4 times a week but let me say this - I HATE THE GYM! And since finding triathlon I just cannot make myself go back there. I haven't had a gym membership in two years and have (well had this summer anyway) the best body I've ever had.
Since the half marathon October 17th though I have done a handful of (pathetic) runs, a couple of rides and swam once. What the heck? I can't even take any satisfaction in having caught up on all of the things that have been neglected around my house. I unpacked my fall/winter wardrobe, packed the summer stuff away and that's about it. My house needs a deep cleaning, the spare room is still only partly transitioned into our cycling room and the ensuite bathroom renovation is still not done (ahem - Paul).
Oh yeah. And I feel like crap. It didn't take long for the doughy, bloaty feeling that had disappeared by the end of the season to rear it's ugly head again. And have I mentioned that I'm going to Cozumel at the end of November? With three Ironman Cocumel participants? My friends Dawn, Nicole, and Dave are racing it this year and I'm going as support crew/cheerleader/observer. And to enjoy the beach (my favourite place in the world) of course. I just can't wait to hang out in a bikini next to Dawn and Nicole, in all their Ironman muscleness.
Maybe I can take up mountain biking again?