Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One Month Later

Today officially marks the one month point since my biggest race yet.  One month since I swam 1.9 km, biked 95, and ran 21.1.

Since that day, I've ran maybe 8 times, swam a few casual laps across a little lake, and biked, um, not at all.  Now, in my defense, I was on vacation.  For about 3.5 weeks of that month, I was completely away from my bike, and with no convenient access to a pool.

A bit of a post race slump as well?  Yeah, maybe.  A bit of a post race rest?  Definitely.  And, I'm okay with that.  I'm starting to realize that after the intensity of training for a big race, sometimes you need a rest, and that's okay.  Heck, I think it's pretty impressive that I ran as many times as I did, even if most of them were only about 6 km.

So, one month later.  What now?

Well, first, I leave tomorrow morning for a backpacking trip with my husband.  It's the one time a year where we get away, just us for a few days, and I'm really looking forward to it.  There won't be any swimming, biking, or running, but lots of hiking (with a 50 pound pack).

Then, it will be back to reality.

A stronger run focus for a couple months, as I prepare for a November half marathon.  And, a very strong weight loss focus.  I have come to accept that I am never going to lose weight while training heavily for a race, so right now is the time to do it.  I felt all those extra pounds I carried for over 7 hours on July 29; I'd like to make things easier on myself next time around.

So, don't expect another blog post from me this weekend, but expect to see DebTris revived next week, along with a dose of DebShrinks.


  1. Enjoy your time away from training. You are absolutely right that you need a break from time to time. It still baffles me that it's hard to lose weight in the middle of a training cycle, when you're burning hundreds, even thousands of calories per day more than usual.

  2. I always get really bored when I'm not training but it's the time off that gives me a chance to heal.

  3. Three and a half weeks of vacation? I'm jealous!

    Enjoy your backpacking weekend. Sounds like fun!

  4. Its seems like everyone that I know that does their first 70.3 and 140.6 races goes through a, for lack of a better term, slump. It was actually a great idea to schedule a vacation after the race.

    Looks like your ready to start training for you next race though.

  5. Taking time for yourself then getting back to training can be great for you mentally.

  6. You definitely deserve a break!! Enjoy the last of summer and then back to training!!