First, happy Ironman World Championships day. I'm excited to check in on the race, especially Jennie Hanson, from Rochester, who is competing.
It's been a relaxing week of laziness following the Wine Glass Marathon. I haven't run at all, and haven't done anything outside classes and dog walking.
I did cycling just two days after my race, and spent the class pedaling with no or little resistance on the bike. I think this really helped my recovery, allowing the blood to start flowing without impact or pressure.
Tomorrow I'm going to attempt a slow 3 or 4 miles followed by yoga and maybe a half hour swim.
Things will be changing for me. I have accepted a job in the Albany office with Capital New York, which has recently become an arm of Politico. More on that in coming days.
Because I accepted this job and will be starting the relocation process, this month is going to be very light in terms of training. Post-marathon, I need the rest. I'm going to start getting into some strength classes (I've been dying to try Kim's at the Downtown Fitness Club).
Once I get settled in the new job my short term plan is to get into a good strength training regimen. I also want to really focus on improving my swim form and speed. I also want to start picking up my bike speed, so I will read up on how I can do that on the spin bike or trainer this winter.
I've bagged the idea of doing a full iron distance triathlon next year. Here's why:
Training for a Musselman took a lot out of me this year. But I remember training for my first marathon also took a lot out of me. By marathon #3 I handled the training a lot better. I'm hoping for the same on the 70.3 front. Plus I still have a lot to learn about the swim and the bike.
So next year my goal will be two half iron distance races. I hope to do the Double Mussel -- a sprint triathlon Saturday and the half iron Sunday. Then I'll have a number of options for later in the year, including Rev 3 Maine Aug. 25 (worried it might be too close to Musselman), Rev 3 Pocono Mountains Sept. 14 or Ironman Muskowa 70.3 (Canada) Sept. 7. I might also volunteer at a full Ironman for preferred entry in 2015, either Lake Placid, Chatanooga or Mont Tremblant.