Well, I'm no longer stagnant. I can work out now. I can also sleep, eat, and talk.
Workouts started with a few hour-long spins around Talent. No speed, effort or climbing. They went well enough, though I could definitely feel the lack of riding in my legs! Last Friday I rode an hour and a half--my longest ride since the race. Baby steps. Yesterday I climbed up Dead Indian as far as the cattle guard..it went better than I expected--physically, not mentally--and this morning my legs are a little sore! I've really missed that feeling!
Swimming started off slow. Literally. I swam 1k, mostly pull. The next day, I swam 1.2k. Yesterday I swam a whole mile! I made the mistake of timing a few 200s..Yeah, not gonna do that again for awhile. All I can say is, I hope I gain back swim fitness as fast as I lost it.
Running is going well. I started off with a 20 minute jaunt in the park, then a few 25 minute runs, then a hilly half hour run the other day that miiiight not have been the best idea. After a few days of mild knee pain I'm feeling ready to run again. Not that the pain was terrible--it's just the sort of pain I would have run through in the past, only to lay myself up for the next two months. I've gotten so good at this consistency thing! Haha. I ordered new runners and treated myself to some new run wardrobe items (40% off sales...eek!) so I'm feeling ready to train for the 9 miler in mid-November.
Which I guess leads me to my Fall Goals. I know this is the time most triathletes take time off, relax, do the fun things they don't get to do while training and racing. However since I've only been training since, uh, March, I've decided to keep at it through the fall (my FAVORITE time to train, anyways!), take the better part of December off, and start building again in January. Basically my goals are about endurance right now, not necessarily speed. I'm working on adding time to every sport. By December I'm hoping to be at 3k swims, 3 hour rides and 60 minute runs, all comfortably and consistently. It'll be nice to take a step back from 'crash training' and spend more time focusing on what I skipped over this season: technique, climbing, patience, long runs etc. I'm really excited for this new chapter in training!
I was going to post about a bad day, a bad workout and the word of the day: Integrity...But this is turning into a novel so maybe I'll save that story for another day. Suffice to say, I've added 'integrity' to my list of fall training goals. :)