|Bailey stalking a squirrel|
I really want to dive into training right now. I know I need to take time to recover, so that is what I am doing, under much duress. Bailey is getting lots of extra walks and I am eating like a pig.
I wasn’t overly sore after Timberman, which I guess I should be happy about. But I am not. After every marathon I have done I was super stiff to the point of almost needing a walker a few days afterwords. It is pretty pathetic, and usually everyone who sees me says, “What the heck did you do to yourself?”
After Timberman, I was a little sore but not crippled, and the soreness was gone after 2 days. I am a little disappointed – as sick as that sounds – I guess I didn’t push hard enough in the race. I know I didn’t, I had so much left in the tank at the end it is ridiculous.
I was cautious, waiting for the bonk to happen or the bomb to drop or whatever. Marathons are way harder than 70.3’s. That sounds weird maybe, but that is how I feel after doing 5 marathons and 1 HIM – give me the HIM anyday. Or maybe I just trained properly (for a change) and stayed within myself (for a change). I don’t know.
I feel fresh and ready and am chomping at the bit a little, which of course, gets me thinking about my next race…
I have lots of energy and drive for my last race of the season, Lobsterman – an Olympic distance race that is tons of fun, a kind of celebration really. Seriously, if you do a race in Maine, do this one – it is really awesome. The water is so cold it hurts a little, but it is gorgeous scenery, and there is free beer and a Lobster bake at the end (confession – I HATE lobster, so I skipped it last year – but people were making yummy sounds from the food tent, so I think it was good. I was making yummy sounds with my beer.)
I am going to give this race all I have and come out of it with a strong PR. That is as far as my plan goes at this point.
I have another fun giveaway coming this week, this one short and sweet, so stay tuned!
This week: Recovery Week
Swim: 3/4 mile
Bike: 16 miles
Run: 4.5 miles
Dog walking: 9 miles (Bailey wanted me to let you know he has been working out more than normal this week)
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