It’s been a little while since I’ve written, and I think it’s because I’m changing gears a little. The Half Ironman was a great goal to achieve, and I was toying with the idea of a full, but since then a few things caused me to re-think my goals…
Overuse: I swam over 2000m one day (long for me) and felt a “cha-chung” in my shoulder, almost like it popped out of place for a second. It scared me, but I didn’t think much of it until it bothered me again while swimming the following week. I’m pretty sure of the cause – bad form by dropping my elbow at the beginning of the catch. Since then, I’ve stopped swimming, and it’s been a few weeks, but I notice my shoulder still doesn’t feel right while doing Body Pump or yoga. So I’m backing off, and if it continues after a month I’ll see a PT. I think this is really good for me, actually; I was headed toward a tri burnout and some offseason is much needed. Plus, it’s getting cold and I have a hard time getting in the pool or on the bike when it’s cold out – so running season it is! I love a brisk morning run in the 50’s, and it’s a joy to just concentrate on one sport and ease back on the workouts.
Wanderlust: I travelled to Perth, and loved it. It ignited a little bit of wanderlust within me and reminded me of my younger 20-year old self that just couldn’t wait to see new places. I’d dismissed some travel opportunities this past year because it got in the way of training, so Perth was a good wake-up call. It reminded me that life’s short and there needs to be some adventure, not just round the clock training – which I can be guilty of.
Balance: In backing off my workouts, I’ve found some extra time I can fill with other passions – I forgot my love of clean food cooking and can’t stop making healthy staples I haven’t had for some time: juices, kale chips, home-made granola bars, and lentil soup were just a few ways I dirtied up the kitchen this week. I really want to do some yoga, but I’m waiting on the shoulder issue mentioned above. I’m also ready to re-connect with my girly side and do some shopping, both clothes and things for the home. And lastly, work is picking up in a really good way. I have some challenging projects that are sending me to London again in December and possibly back to Australia in early 2013.
So that’s how I’m feeling in a nutshell. Ready to rest and reset. David and I are still doing a couple half marathons in the next few months, but I don’t think either of us have grand goals of PRs this time around. We’re ready to spend some fun time on vacation and with family.