The past three weeks have been pretty good to me. I’ve been in off season mode, with a lot of free time to do basically whatever I want. This post is a great opportunity to tell you what I’ve been up to! I always love reading Erin’s CURRENTLY posts, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and try one for myself. Thanks Erin for the inspiration! It also makes for a fun Friday post (thank God it’s almost the weekend).
Off season officially ends on Monday, when I will start my base training plan for the Boston Marathon and beyond. This is it folks… I won’t get a break like I’m in right now for a VERY long time. Probably not until after Ironman Mont-Tremblant in August, yikes! I have been in off season for almost FOUR weeks. This means for about an entire MONTH I have had no structured training plan, including one entire week of rest in the beginning. I am excited to get back on a plan again!
Here’s what’s been up to….
Reading // The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain by Claire Davies. This book was recommended to me by my triathlon coach and I am loving it so far. My goal is to start self-treating myself more often this season and I think this book is the ticket! I am sick and tired of spending money on things like acupuncture, chiropractor, massage, etc… only to find these things are band aids. Often it’s not the joint that’s the problem, it’s the tissue surrounding the joint i.e. trigger points. If you have never done trigger point therapy, you need to read this book, it’s fascinating. My goal is to do mostly my own body work in 2015!
Cooking // Since I haven’t been training for 2+ hours/day, this leaves me more time to be in my kitchen! I love to cook and during the downtime I have been making everything from bison chili to kale chips to apple crisp. I’m pretty sure my hubby has been loving this too:) I still cook when I’m training, but I tend to keep it simple.
Swimming // I think I have turned into a fish over these last three weeks. I have been to every Masters practice at 5:30 AM (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Each practice averages 3,000 yards (so ~ 27,000 yds in three weeks). I also just started a swim stroke clinic last Sunday, which I am very excited about! While I know I am a decent swimmer (1:07 Ironman 2.4 mile swim) I know I have things to work on to make me more efficient! The clinic is put on by head QT2 Coach, Jesse Kropelnicki (he is the PRO coach for QT2… his athletes include Beth Shutt and Linsey Corbin to name a few). Over the next three Sunday’s I will go to the clinic and learn how to improve my stroke. There are only 5 other people in the class so it feels like a private lesson. I will keep you posted on my progress.
Pondering // Life. All of this free time has me thinking about REAL life a whole lot more… specifically when it comes to my career. Working on a lot of soul searching lately… we’ll see where it takes me. Hopefully somewhere good!
Feeling // Motivated. I am more than ready to pick up a training plan again and get started on 2015! I haven’t ran in over three weeks now, giving myself an extra break. My knee is feeling better, but I am definitely nervous about running again. I have been strength training a lot (glutes, hammies, hips) and taking pilates (major core work) which I think should benefit me once I get started again! I feel good!
Mountain Climbing // With no structured training on the weekends, we’ve been hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire a lot! If there’s one thing I’ve really loved about off season it’s having my weekends back. Sure, I love biking and running all weekend long ( I honestly do) but I also LOVE hiking. When I’m in season it’s really hard to find time to hike, so I’m taking advantage of this time.
Loving // Stich Fix. I had my second Stich Fix ever delivered this week and I got some great pieces from it! I love fashion, and Stich Fix is such a fun way to find out about new styles. If you have never done it before, you should… so.much.fun. (I was not given free clothes to say this… I wish;) )
(Polka dot shirt and skinny pants both from stitch fix)
Favorite quote of the week // Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” — Lovelle Drachman