I was surfing around Facebook today and noticed that someone had posted a highlight video of Ironman Louisville 2011. Apparently Ironman just posted it to their site within the past couple of days. As I watched the video it brought back so many emotions: pride, joy, desire, eagerness, restlessness, envy. The pursuit of the Ironman tested me on so many levels. I miss it. I envy those who are about to do Ironman Arizona. I'm proud of what I accomplished. I still get tears of joy when I think about those last few steps. I'm eager to do another one. I'm also getting restless.
I'm getting to a point in my "offseason" where I'm ready for more structure. I'm ready to have a schedule. Something to help me improve. The last 7 weeks or so I've been flying by the seat of my pants and just doing whatever I feel like. It's mostly consisted of shorter workouts and not much swimming or biking. I've been running at least 3 times a week. I've been doing some strength-training. I've tried to swim when I could force myself into the pool. I've been oddly absent from the bike though. I don't really have a reason. It's just kinda happened that way. My goal is now to get back on a schedule post-Thanksgiving. I'll pick up my half-marathon training plan for the Livestrong Austin Half Marathon in February and really start focusing on getting back into a regular triathlon offseason schedule. I'll still do yoga. I'll still do pilates. I'll still strength-train as well. I also will make sure I'm adding back in swimming and biking as I strive to come out of this offseason faster and stronger in all three disciplines.
One area that's been highly successful for me is weight loss/management. I'm now at a weight that I haven't seen since junior high. I stepped on the scales on Monday and weighed in at 173 pounds. I've lost 20 pounds over the course of the year, most of it coming the last 7 weeks as I've really buckled down on my nutrition. I've been eating lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. I've limited alcohol intake and have virtually cut out all forms of junk food and mindless snacking. It's been a huge boost to my motivation and focus. I can see the results and know that when I start training again that running, biking, and swimming with 20 less pounds is going to make a huge difference. The next month and a half will be a challenge with all of the holiday celebrations, but I'll do my best to come out on the other end in a good spot. Boston qualifying isn't going to happen if I can't continue to lean up and stay on the right track. I'm focused and ready. 2012 is really going to be a great year.
Here is the Ironman Louisville 2011 Highlight Video. Enjoy: