The title pretty much sums it up. This week marks the end of my off-season. Believe it or not, that makes me really happy. Since IMFL, I’ve remained active, mostly running with a little biking thrown in. I have also done exactly NO swimming (unless you count the afternoon Sienna and I went to family swim in the warm water pool at our gym…no? that doesn’t count?)
With Oceanside and Texas looming on the horizon, I’m itching to get going again. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve had to do what I want to, but I realize that I do much better with a plan. I need to look at the schedule for the week, look at the family calendar and my work schedule and then figure out how fit it all in. Once that is done, each day is set. Obviously, life gets in the way; Jake has homework he needs help with, Mac has an unexpected trip come up, one of the kids gets sick…but for the most part, if it’s on the schedule, it will get done.
So far in 2012, I’m signed up (as noted above) for Oceanside and IM Texas. I’m also signed up for the Chicago Rock-N-Roll half marathon (though after all the commotion in Las Vegas, I hope this one goes better!). Registration for the Cary half marathon (a local race in the north suburb of Cary that is known for being cold, snowy, windy and hilly) opens on December 31 at 6:00am and generally closes within an hour or two. I plan to have my alarm set so that I can sign up. Beyond those races, I would like to do a late summer / early fall 70.3 in a fun location. I’m open to suggestions if you have them.
My main goal at this point is to get back into the training groove, hit my workouts, not get injured and make it to the start line of Oceanside feeling ready and confident. I’m excited for a few early trips we have planned that will allow me some warm-weather training during the Chicago winter – one to Miami and (hopefully) one to San Diego. Aside from that, Mac broke down and purchased the LeMond Revolution trainer for us – it should arrive next week. I definitely have the tools. Now I just have to put them to work.