I am now one month post-vineman, and its been quite the....
I wanted to make myself better than I had the time to train for, and in the end I think it had an immeasurable effect on my performance on July 17th.
Most people talk about feeling incredibly fresh and full of energy during their taper, I instead was battling chest congestion and continued to be moody, tired, and lacked motivation to be anything but.
Does this mean in the coming year I can't train as hard and push as much...? Not really.
But deciding 6 weeks out from a 70.3 isn't the time to decide to "get serious."
And I've been paying for that decision for the past 6 weeks.
So now I'm cautiously returning to regularly scheduled workouts, and trying to make myself remember that rest is as important as the workout.
So what's next for me? I've found a half-marathon in Paso Robles, CA the Wine Vine Run. Currently I have no goals for this race other than to run it strong. I'm sure as I get back into training I'll begin to for a reasonable time goal for it, but for now I just want to feel good about working out again.
Then I've found an Olympic distance tri in early March 2012 that will be a great motivator to get me on the bike even when the weather isn't my definition of perfect for riding. I am a self-proclamed fair-weather cyclist, but that attitude does nothing to improve my cycling strength or stamina.
But really, I want to love these sports again. That is #1.