Yeah, the off season is a tough time to keep things up to date! This work thing and training and the start of ski season is keeping me quite active!
This week I did a few short runs following Hamilton letting the runs and the training sink in a bit before starting to the gears back on track. I did a Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday run. Added a swim in there for training entertainment. Probably one of the more relaxing weeks this year. Oddly enough, not a bit of guilt about it. Chilling out feels damn good some times.
Running this week was not about any goal. I was out getting some miles in and getting the post race kinks out of my system. they were slower runs(still a lot faster than in the past) and I enjoyed them without a watch or HR monitor. I am feeling strong on my feet in comparison to last year,actually almost enjoying being out for runs! I am going to spend the next few weeks going slow and easy. I want to ramp up come Christmas time, until then I am going to run easy and keep the legs turning. Any off season strategies to share with me? I am going to consider November and December off season for run and then ramp it up from that point.
This week I only did one swim as well. Kinda of a slacker week if I look back at it! Oh well! Like the past couple of times out, it rocked. I feel myself gaining strength in the water and gaining form each time out. Quite similar to running, I am putting miles in right now with some light drill work. Without the intensity I hope to make some gains for when I turn it up. This week I did do a few kick drills, WOW! I have gained immensely on the kicking from where I was before IM. I felt like I was going twice the speed at hold the effort. Don't know what I have changed, but it seems to be working. I will keep it up for now and then see what happens when I get it going hard!
One of the areas that I was a slacker on for the past season was doing weights! Enough being a slouch, if I am going to speed it up and get to the end without needing a nap, I need to get it all done. So this week marks the start of some new pain tools. I am going to get into the gym after each swim practice whether I like it or not. I don't know what the black is for me. I don't really mind it, but just don't seem to get there when I should! So, now i have put it out there it is time to get it done! So, I am now going to get pumped up! LOL
I hope you are all kicking butt in the offseason and looking forward to what next year will bring for you. Remember, LIVE FOR YOUR DREAMS! It rocks!