This last week was a recover, reset, refresh week and weekend. By now, coach trusts me enough to know what that means. So I was "on my own" this week. Do what I want. In the days after an Ironman, usually that means "not much." However, given the way Wisconsin went, especially on the run, I felt pretty good, and like I didn't really get to "use up" my legs on the bike and run.
Normally I take about 6-7 days before I run again after an IM. This week I ran on Wednesday and it felt OK. After however, I had some very strange feelings going on. Like a full body growing pain. Maybe I am getting TALLER!!?? Sadly I am 90% sure it was just some residual lactic acid/bacteria/"junk" that the run flushed out. Thursday and Friday I felt really good and started picking up the tempo in some sessions. The only problem I was having was waking up early again. Apparently I got too used to sleeping in & Madison time in the comfort of my homestay's awesome house. So I missed masters everyday last week.
Saturday, this was not going to happen. I made it to masters, got in a nice good ride with my friend Danny who was in his last big weekend for Kona, and had my first "real" run. All of it felt good. Top o the day, was the patriotic/somber/emotional moment we had when we stopped for a minute to take in this:
Sunday, I had the pleasure of riding with T3's youngest member, Duncan. He is fresh off winning the the 11-12yr old USAT National Championships! He raced a cross race that morning so I met him there to do some riding after. My first glimpse at a live cross race. It actually looked really fun. Maybe something to try one day. It was good fun riding with Duncan and hearing about his racing exploits. Kid has a BRIGHT future!
After a good but short ride with Duncan, I called it a day as far as training went, and treated myself to a "normal" Sunday, with lunch out, a movie, a gelato, and an afternoon of lounging. A good weekend.
Back at it this week. There is racing to be done, improvements to be made and REDEMPTION to be had!