WEEK 10, DAY 2: Next year's planning is underway!

I'm resting again today before I jump back in to training. It might include a short run or ride or even a yoga class, but I'm resting from 2 full workouts for sure. I'm actually looking forward to the Oly being over because it means I can go back to working out only 5-6 times a week instead of 10-12!!!

It's funny, I gave my tri coach a race report and she sent me this big checklist and a bunch of suggestions including checking my bike a few days before the race. I didn't know how to tell her that I used a list like that already, and that I did ride my bike a few days before, as well as the morning of the race. It's just that some times when race time comes, you forgot some things. And other things just . . . happen.

I think maybe since it wasn't my first tri, I kind of let my attention to the little details slip a bit. It's easy to get lulled into "hey, I've done this before" mentality. I know, it's dangerous. 3 or 4 triathlons is not a lot, but when I go home and my board is plastered with race numbers and medals from all my races I feel kind of like a rock star and my ego gets a bit inflated.

Coach Vivian did suggest I spend another year training before I go Half Iron, but I had already decided that, so I'm glad she confirmed my suspcisions. Next year will be another year of confidence-building experience and hopefully I can really start PRing. I've decided I'm going to kick off next year with St. Anthony's in St. Pete. I know that course really well and it's just an outstanding race to be a part of. It's Olympic distance and it's in April so that would give me from December through April to recover from marathon training and do a few really short practice races.

By the end of this month I hope to have next year's schedule hammered out: a few sprints, at least 2 Olympics, a 5k or 10k here and there, and (if all goes well) another end-of-year marathon.

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