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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Reflections of a week gone by.....

A week after the awesome words, ' JOhn you are an IRONMAN' I am still on an awesome high! I don't know if I represent the general first time IRONMAN population, but this is an amazing trip!  I have spent the week sharing the adventure with friends and telling the story over and over again.  Each time I seem to be more enthusiastic and more passionate about the total overwhelming awesomeness of the event! I cant believe that after a week that I am still moving forward with the momentum of a full year leading up to the race.  When I described being at IM like being in a place and on a drug, WOW, it is so true, it is an amazing crazy high.  I cant imagine only doing one IM, it would drive me bananas thinking about how a crazy wonderful cant be repeated.  Like some of you have seen, a great thing about this week was updating my countdown and seeing the new goal starting to count away!
Over the course of this week I have spent some time reflecting over the past year, my race and the training that I did to get to where I finished.  Overall I am totally pleased with the result that I achieved, I would not change a thing with what I did this past year. Moving into a new season I have awesome opportunity to make it a better experience, better from the perspective of a result not better from the experience.  I could never compare what I experienced this year and would never compare it.  Over the next weeks I will share with you what I believe I can do differently and what I think that can accomplish for me.  PLease share with me your experiences and training history as part of what I am thinking about doing!  you are all part of my chaos, and kicking some serious ass next year will be something I would love to be able to include your input and motivation in.  In the exact way that you all pushed me to an excellent result this year!
Today was another off day on the training front.  I did however get out and do a great workout.  If you practice yoga you will know what a sun salutation A is.  I was out today as part of a very worthwhile fund raiser and did 108 sun salutations.  It was to raise money for the Africa Yoga Project.  This is a tremendous project run by a friend.  She has managed to  build schools, create productive lives for people who were otherwise on the streets, create jobs for people.  It was a workout with a great satisfaction, being able to contribute to a great cause while out there getting stronger.
After a good week off, tomorrow I start applying myself to a new training session.  I am not 100% sure what I am aiming towards, however, I know I am going to get stronger in the process.  I am starting tomorrow with a good recovery swim and over the next few days moving towards some resistance training that will make me hurt.  My goal is to build power and strength before ski season and then graduate to some run training over the winter.  Sounds like a good theory and makes sense based on what I want to accomplish over the next 12 months.  Here goes!
I hope your weekend has been full of excitement and satisfaction.  I hope those who raced kicked some butt!
Cheers and Happy beginning to a new week!


  1. great stuff on helping out with the funraiser!. I guess 100 sun salutes are good for you. I do my customary 3 each day before swim, and it's great!

  2. I'm feeling the same thing - please and satisfied with my 1st Ironman experience and ready to come back and do it again - hopefully faster. But I also saw many of my friends dragging themself through the course and I still have enough respect for the distance to keep me fearful and working hard! I'm also really looking forward to IMCDA and having Ironman fitness early in race season rather than late! I'm excited to spend July and August of next year building speed on top of the fitness and am hoping for a couple of killer shorter races mid/late season next year!

  3. That's so great you are still on the IM high! I had a mix of the IM high and the post-IM blues after doing Louisville. I was super excited to talk about my IM experience (and 3+ weeks out, still am!). I got a massage the week after, and was telling the massage therapist about my experience and he commented that I completely lit up when talking about IM. But at the same time, I was (and still am) a little sad that it's over. I guess that's a sign that I really did enjoy the experience if I'm this nostalgic about it!

  4. Congrats on signing up for Ironman #2. Awesome. Can hardly wait to read about the journey.